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 to 26Slow and Flintoff September  –  TOHU   the New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery by Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff. Once again Robin and Brian come together to give a spiritually moving, visual experience.

The exhibition runs through to the 26 September. Little River Gallery. Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

The new display in the Heritage Room at the Railway Station is ‘Little River Buildings’ where we have a map locating where the pictured buildings were. Any information and / or pics of local buildings, many of which are no longer standing,  are welcomed by the Little River Railway Station Trust. Contact Ken Sitarz on 329 0884.

The display can be seen when the Craft Station is open.  Open 7 days a week – 9.00am am to 5.00pm.

TOP Launch planting 6The Okuti River Project was launched on the 26 August with a good turnout to Plant for the Future the 1000 trees and shrubs on Lewthwaite’s Road and Council land opposite the Okuti Valley Hall. The planting will help bank stabilisation and to beautify the area for the benefit of everyone. Big thanks to Allison and Marcus for their organisation of the event and project and everyone who turned up for the planting. The day was a great success .  If you would like to be involved with the ongoing work for this project contact Alison Phone 3251 336. 

For more information go HERE

Ask for Copper Free Brake Pads – Most of the brake pads fitted to our vehicles contain copper and other heavy metals.  Each time a car brakes, tiny particles of dust from the brake pads grind down, landing on the road.  This can have lethal impacts on  urban water quality and aquatic life.  Next time you are changing the brake pads on your vehicle ask for a copper free option, it could make a world of difference.

Community Board Newsletter July24 September – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am Akaroa Boardroom, Akaroa Service Centre, 78 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa. Read Agenda Here.  Read  the Banks Peninsula Community Boards September  Newsletter HERE  Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,   

24 September – CHCH TO LITTLE RIVER RAILTRAIL TRUST PUBLIC MEETING at the Lincoln Events Centre to discuss their plans for the Trail including their  promotional activities. This is a public meeting and will start at 5.30 and conclude at 7pm with a light supper.  For catering purposes, please indicate the numbers that will be attending to  by Friday 21 September at 5pm.

DANCING26 September – every Wednesday  till the end of October –   BALLROOM DANCNG LESSONS 7-8pm.  Come and learn beginner’s Ballroom and Latin dancing with Faye and Tim. Try out the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Held at the Little River Community Centre. 

$2.50 per person.  Partners not essential. Two left feet and a lack of rhythm a definite advantage!  Contact Tim and Faye 03 325 1373  or to book in or for further information.

Jed Rowe - Pigeon Bay Social Club27 September – Thursday -Come and enjoy this beautiful lil’ House Concert at ‘The Red House’ in Pigeon Bay with the Pigeon Bay Social Club!  Jed Rowe (all the way from Australia, courtesy of ‘I hear Django’ who brought us Nigel Wearne just before Xmas last year).  Doors 6.30pm, music 7pm $15-  

Reply to for tickets/details or call Elena Fabian & PBSC crew .  Pigeon Bay Social Club on 027 699 6068.  BYO Nibbles & Drinks

27 September  Thursdays JIU JITSU CLUB Training Time is every Thursday at the Little River Community Centre. Juniors start at 4.30pm and Seniors commence at 6.30pm.

Beginners welcome it’s never to late to get fit and look after yourself at the same time. Contact Mario 3251132. 

AOTNZ_McGrath_ecard428 September – Friday – 7.30pm.  Adam McGrath Plays at The Gaiety – Larger than life Adam McGrath has been a huge hit each time he’s toured with Arts On Tour, whether on his own or with iconic country band The Eastern.  A folk singer/songwriter ‘stationed wherever I land’, McGrath is at home with bluegrass, blues, country and rock and roll as much as folk and is known for the intensity, passion, love and humour of his performances.

This time he’s joined by a small but mighty rhythm section, The Roaring Days.  He’s been described by RNZ and the NZ Herald as a national treasure; Barry Saunders of the Warratahs sums him up simply as ‘the truth’.

$20 a ticket at the Akaroa Museum.

Gallery29 September – Saturday – You are invited to attend the opening of Kirsty Nixon’s latest exhibition “Friends in High Places” opening Saturday 29th at 11am at the Little River Gallery.

The Exhibition runs through to the 24 October.

Little River Gallery. Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.


29 September – Saturday – WAIREWA AND LITTLE RIVER HEALTH HUI – 10am to 12 noon at the Little River Community Centre.
The Health Kikoi will come as a collective of various Health supports that you may wish to utilize.  Podiatrist, Pharmacist Oral Education, Screen South, Nurse Maude, Rapuara Nurse, Cate Grace, Bikes, Kidney Health NZ, the Arthritis Foundation.  Hopefully the health benefits will be of use to you and enable Community Members to bring their families to support their health and well-being needs.
Contact Christina Henderson  Phone 021537097 or Kirstin Dingwall-Okoye Phone 027 5577372. Read more here

Glitz and Glam Ball29 September – Saturday – Banks Peninsula Ball Glitz & Glam Ball 2018 – Banks Peninsula RFC is delighted to host the Glitz & Glam Ball 2018.  Last year was a huge success, this year will be even better. Urban Rumours will be on stage. There will be great canapés and plenty of refreshments available from the cash bar.

Limited tickets available so buy yours now to be part of this great event!  Red carpet open from 7:00 – 8:00pm

To purchase Tickets go HERE

Living Streams Emblem sign29 September  – Saturday   – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY –  The nursery is now open  Saturday 10 to 2pm.  The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.

If you need plants outside of Nursery Hours contact Anneliese  and she will arrange to meet you at the nursery or have a look in the nursery and let her  know  the plants required and she will put aside  for you to pick up. Plants can be paid for on line, cheque or cash.    You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  Read the Spring Newsletter here newsletter spring 2018

Contacts Annelies (ph 021 1082161 or email or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or : 022 1669 523

Trotts Mot30 September – TROTS MOT –  12 noon to 5.30pm at Motukarara Raceway Banks Peninsula.

Free Entry – Family Fun.  Bring all your family down to Motukarara Raceway for the inaugural race of the 2018 season. We’ll have plenty of race day fun for you to enjoy including entertainment for the children and grass track racing at its best!  Go to website here

Early Start Programme – Whānau Awhina/Family Support Worker 

  • Are you passionate about supporting whānau?
  • Would you like to learn to deliver the Early Start programme?
  • Does delivering a home-based service and working for a community organisation sound like what you would like to be doing?

Te Puawaitanga is recruiting for a full time Whānau Awhina/Family Support Worker.

You will be a Social Worker, Registered Nurse, or hold an equivalent qualification in related fields such as Early Education, Psychology, or Child Development.

Ideally you will have a sound understanding of child safety, health and development, knowledge of positive parenting practices and experience in working with tamariki and whānau in a community setting.  A passion for ‘early intervention’ is essential. Full training to deliver the Early Start Programme is provided.

For a role description and job application form, please see our website  or contact or phone 03 344 5062. Applications close on  Wed 3rd  October 2018

Walking-Festival-event-tile429 September, Saturday  to Sunday 14 October  – THE BREEZE WALKING FESTIVAL Put some spring in your step and explore Christchurch from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October 2018. The Breeze Walking Festival is back for 2018 and with over 50 walks to choose from there is something for all ages and abilities.

From child-friendly strolls to energetic treks, to informative ambles through the central city, we’ve catered for all interests and ages.  With a wide variety of walks in the beautiful regions of Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn, it’s not to be missed. The walks have been designed to appeal to those wanting to embrace nature, culture, the arts, history and new developments around our city. The festival is a chance for all Cantabrians to explore their city and region, and above all to enjoy a social outdoor experience to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring.

There is a walk from Hinewa to the Lookout on the 30 September.

Make sure to get out and make the most of this year’s festival programme. Find programme HERE

HERITAGE BUILDINGS FUTURE USE – UPDATE – This is an update on the steps we are undertaking to help determine future uses and funding for Christchurch City Council -owned heritage buildings

The former Lyttelton Borough Council Stables, Kukupa Side School, Little River Coronation Library, Yew Cottage, Belfast School Masters House, Kapuatohe Cottage, Mona Vale Bath House, Chokebore Lodge, Sextons House, Barbadoes Cemeteries, Bangor Street No.3 Pump House, Coronation Hall, Spreydon, Second World War Bunkers/Cracroft Cavern, Sign of the Takahe

Earlier this year we invited applications from individuals, groups and organisations interested in using and/or helping to restore these heritage buildings for which a future use is still to be determined. We are pleased with the number of applications we received for these community heritage buildings, which helped the Council to prioritise building repairs and funding in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan. With funding confirmed, we are now able to move to the next stage of the process. We are currently working through details with our Community Boards, leasing and legal teams and will be back in touch with applicants once this is complete.


Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA1 October     –  Monday –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING –  7.30 pm .  In the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre – All welcome.  Items for the Agenda  to be received 7 days before the meeting  and sent to  Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233, or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947.  Read the Trusts latest Newsletter here

The Little River Wairewa Community Trust run regularly drop in sessions on a Tuesday between 10 – 12 noon in the meeting room at the Little River Service Centre.  If you have a project you would like to discuss or would like to know more about the Big Ideas Town Planning projects come along and have a chat with Barb or Mac.

BP Rugby LogoBanks Peninsula Rugby Club.  Touch 2018/19.  Register your team today at

First game 11 October


Coronation Garden1 October Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Spring. The daffodils and spring bulbs Bruce and the Little River School Pupils have planted are flowering in the domain. There is plenty of work in the garden for spring if you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome.

Phone Bruce on 3251 040 to let him know you are coming.

3 October – Tuesday –   COUNTRY LIVING OUTING – Visit to Orton Bradley Park, Charteris Bay to view the Rhododendron Garden. Park admission fee $5.00. Meet at 11 am and lunch is TBA in September. This will either be at the park Cafe (if a new lease is in place) or the Dark Star Ale House and Cafe, Diamond Harbour.

Contact  Mary Millar email

reading4 October – Thursday –  STORYTIMES  AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY

Story times session at the Library.   2-3pm, suitable for up to 7 years old.


This will involve stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and interactive digital devices.

Fossil Party October6 October – FOSSIL PARTY – at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms.  $5.00 adults to cover Hall costs.  Kids under 14 free. BYO Drinks   Rock and Roll 8pm until late.

A Community Event.  Bring your family, friends and neighbours to get together and enjoy the music from local musicians.

Volunteer Fire Brigade Fundraiser.  Sausage Sizzle and Burgers. Fossil Party

takahe to akaroa relay6 October – Saturday – TAKAHE TO AKAROA ROAD RELAY – Celebrating 78 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. You will see them coming through Little River Between 11.50am to 1.25pm

The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prize giving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Wairewa Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. This year is the National Road Relay  and we expect approximately 800 athletes. There is also a 6-baton relay race from Allandale finishing in the Banks Peninsula Transport Yard in Cooptown between 11.40am 1pm. Check out the website here

Banks Peninsula conservation Trust Logo7 October – Sunday –  10am – 4pm. WAIPUNA BUSH WALK –   7.6km up Western Valley Road from the Little River turnoff.   RSVP: To BPCT by Wednesday 3 October.

Note: This event requires good weather. Any cancellation will be notified by email.

We are delighted to invite our members and supporters on a guided day walk to Waipuna Bush Covenant. Walk BPCT

This stunning block of forest remnants and regenerating bush lies on the Waipuna Saddle, halfway between Little River and Koukourarata Port Levy.   Learn about the diverse native flora and fauna being protected in perpetuity under BPCT covenant. Landowners Bob Webster and Carol Jensen (keen pest trappers and botanists) along with Covenants Officer Marie Neal will lead the walk accompanied by bird enthusiasts Tina Troup and Penny Carnaby.

Stroll through the Goblin Forest and along the Summit Ridge taking in the evolving regeneration process and spectacular views around the panoramic Peninsula hills, while hearing  about the impressive monitoring and trapping programmes in place.  There will be a morning walk then a more demanding steep afternoon route for keen people, both starting and finishing at the car park area where we will also have lunch. Each walk will take approx. two hours.

You will need very sturdy footwear, a good level of fitness, a packed lunch, extra snacks, and water. Because the Saddle is at higher altitude and prone to changeable weather you will need suitable outdoor clothing layers and a daypack to enjoy this outing.

High TEa poster Oct 7th 2018_27 October  – Sunday – HIGH TEA – 11am to 3pm at the Pigeon Bay Hall.

Further details to follow or contact for  Bookings recommended

Phone 03 3046708 or 0223079974

7 October   – Sunday – 11amST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. Formal Service with Communion.   Third Sunday 5pm – Brief Family Centred Message followed by a shared tea. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Little River Dance Party13 October – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER DANCE PARTY – at the Little River Community Centre.  Dance lessons with Faye and Tim 6.00 to 7.00pm.

Dance to the Live Band the Preservatives  from 8pm. MC’s The Two Fiona’s.

Admission $20.00 and Bring  a Plate for supper.   Bookings to Pam Baird 3251 917

Come shake your bootie.  Dance the night away.  Raffles and Spot Prizes.Little River Wairewa Community Trust Logo

A fundraiser for the Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust


ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY14 October – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property? Then come and visit our famous Trap Library based at the Okuti Valley.
We have traps and lures for all sorts of pests and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success.  Contact Alison on 3251-336 or Geoff Ettrick on 3251-332 for more informationTrap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance)  of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.

14 October –  Sunday – LITTLE RIVER HILL CLIMB

Kinloch Road will be closed From 100 metres South of Okuti Valley Road to 1,300 metres North of Bossu Road.  Proposed period of closure.  From 9am to 6pm Sunday, 14 October 2018

14 October – Sunday at 5pm.   CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Sunday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.   Visitors are most welcome. Mass will be led by Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Maria Couper will lead a worship time for the children.   There are six families at present preparing children  for First Communion and they meet at 4pm.  To read the Parish Newsletter go HERE      Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa

Don McGashans Free Flight NZ Tour19 October – Friday – DON MCGLASHAN’S FREE FLIGHT NZ TOUR – At the Gaiety Hall, Akaroa.  Featuring Chris O’Connor and support from Anthonie  Tonnon.  7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Tickets available from  R18 – General Admission $40.00 Buy Tickets  Additional fees may apply.  Phone Sales:  0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets  Websites:

27 October 2018 – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am onward at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Join us for a free BBQ Breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausages plus Berries and ice-cream .  A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.

Showcasing the following local community groups.  Little River Village Plan,  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week
Plan Ahead – Elders
Disasters can happen at any time. Make a plan with the older people in your family about how you’ll be in touch and where you’ll meet. Make sure they have water stored, as well as a getaway kit with a torch, radio, batteries, warm clothes, important documents and medications. If they live alone talk to their neighbours and share contact details.  For practical tips on how to keep in touch go to

 Revival ClothingTuesday – Revival Clothing is open each Tuesday. 10.30am  – 4pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River.    Revival Clothing also have a stand in the Waiting Room at the Historic Railway Station.  This is restocked regularly and is available 7 days a week whilst the Craft Station is open.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171

Revival Clothing also run the Little River Food Bank.   Need a bit of help?? For a Food Box Phone Pam Baird 3251 917 or Fiona Waghorn 329 0171 or anonymous line 03 974 1982.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.

For Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bags contact Heather Williams home 3251 259

Craft Station Produce StandCRAFT STATION, INFORMATION SERVICE AND  PRODUCE STAND – Selling local produce.  If you have any produce you would like to sell through the Produce Stand, contact the Craft Station member on duty to find out details or phone 3251 320.

The new display in the Heritage Room at the Railway Station is ‘Little River Buildings’ where we have a map locating where the pictured buildings were. Any information and / or pics of local buildings, many of which are no longer standing,  are welcomed by the Little River Railway Station Trust. Contact Ken Sitarz on 329 0884.
Open 7 days a week when the Craft Station is open – 9.00am am to 5.00pm.

The Craft Station is located in the Historic Railway Station Building on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm. The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.


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Walking Festival3 November – Saturday to Sunday, November 25, 2018 – THE BANKS PENINSULA WORKING FESTIVAL –  The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 & 18 November and 24 & 25 November 2018.

Fabulous walks available over the four weekends in November. Check out what is available and make your booking by going to the following link…/banks-peninsula-walking-fest…     Brochures are available at the Little River Information Station also.

There is something to suit all fitness levels, from gentle meanders around the historic towns of Lyttelton and Akaroa, to climbing the high volcanic peaks with their breathtaking panoramic views.

You will have the opportunity to explore Hinewai Reserve by night, take the ferry to Quail Island and appreciate the historical and geological significance of the Peninsula. We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, artists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.

Special events this year include the formal openings of a new tramping hut on Ōtamahua/Quail Island and a family campground at the Le Bons Bay Langer Reserve. These events include walks exploring the areas the new facilities serve.

Walks around  Little River include Little River Ridge Tops, Okuti Track to the Hilltop and return, Wildlife Watch on Kaitorete Spit, Hukahuka Turoa Walk and 8 over 800 Tramp 3 – French Peak and and Saddle Hill.  Check out full details in the above link. There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.


4 November – SENIORS HUI – Little River Marae









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