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The most important things you can do to stay safe at Alert Level 2 are to keep your distance from other people in public.  There is a staggered approach to Alert Level 2. As of Thursday 14 May, you have been able to connect with friends and family that were not in your bubble and have them over to your home, but gatherings are limited to up to 10 people, or the people who usually live in your house.

Other changes include:

  • You can go in-store at local businesses, You can travel between regions, Venues, such as museums, cinemas, libraries and markets, will be open again,
  • You can attend gatherings in controlled settings outside of your home such as weddings, funerals, religious services, birthdays, limited to up to 10 people, for up to 2 hours.

The next stages of Alert Level 2 are that from Monday 18 May tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will re-open and from Thursday 21 May bars can re-open.

For more information about Alert Level 2 go to

If you’d like to keep up to date with what impact COVID-19 is having locally, please follow the Council’s rolling blog on Newsline .

6  June – New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery –  LOST AND FOUND – The Anatomy of Melancholy – Part III by SIMON VAN DER SLUIJS.  The opening will be this Saturday 6 June at 11.00am.  Simon will be present to chat to.  Come along and enjoy the event and a glass of complimentary wine. The exhibition runs through to the 30 June.

The gallery doors are now open so you can enjoy these magnificent paintings ‘in the flesh’.    Level 2 conditions of social distancing will be observed and every precaution taken.

Open 7 Days a week 9am to 5pm email or call 021 325 074

3 June –  Wednesday –  COUNTRY LIVING OUTING –  11am.  Visit at Historically listed home   at 6 Peartree Lane Hillsborough.  Cost $30.00 includes lunch.  Reply by Friday 29 May.    Penny Wenlocks description – The house has had a varied career, at one time acting as the home for the manager of the Glenmore Brickworks which was in Hillsborough Valley. I’m pretty sure that that was the time the veranda, which would have been wooden was replaced with a lovely brick one.  The house is historically listed, being one of the older homes now left in Christchurch.  After the earthquakes we conducted a comprehensive repair (all the lathe and plaster was destroyed as were the cornices and fireplaces) …. and by saving all the original skirtings, architraves, doors and windows, and the lovely stair case, it is now a delightful, well insulated place to live, still feeling like the lovely old home it is.  I have done the furnishing throughout, with an artists’ eye, so there is plenty of colour and interest in the house. There are more details to tell and I will save those for when you are here, but hopefully I have whetted everyone’s appetite!

Reply to Mary email by 29 May.

LIBRARY ISSUE TO RECALL OVERDUE BOOKS – More than 120,000 books are back on Christchurch City Libraries shelves after one week.

However, a significant number of the loans prior to the lockdown period remain outstanding.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says customers will not face any fines over post-lockdown “overdue” books if they are back by 15 June.

To read full article go here

QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS – We are delighted and very proud to share the news that longstanding Board member of the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum Peter Te Rangi Hiroa Ramsden has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to conservation. Peter has been the Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata representative on the Museum Board since 2000 and has been integral to all that has been achieved by the Museum during that period, especially in recent years, when his sage advice has helped to guide the Museum through times of considerable change leading up to and following the death of the Museum’s founder, the late Murray Thacker. As Board Chair Nigel Hampton says: ‘Peter is a person of considerable stature, strength of mind and purpose, and integrity in all he turns his hand to.’ If you have attended our Waitangi Day Commemorations over the past two decades, you will have had the opportunity to savour Peter’s famed hāngī which is the stuff of legend.

8 June  and 22 June –  Monday – 10am – 12.30pm.  Banks Peninsula Community Board Meetings.

Location: M2.03.14 2nd floor (14 seats) Priority bookings for Councillors and Committee Secretariats ( Committee Room 1 )  Agenda on the following link

The Agenda for the Banks Peninsula Community Board meeting on 8th June, 2020, is now available on the web at the link below.

Report an issue to the Council – Is there a large pothole in the road? Does a street rubbish bin need to be emptied?  Please contact the Council if there are any issues or problems that need to be fixed.  You can log a report online or contact the Council on 03 941 8999.

It is important that you let the Council know so that any problems are dealt with promptly.

Read the Banks Peninsula Community News .

14 June – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY    – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?  There are still plenty of possums, stoats, and rats around – in spite of the current isolation rules and lock down to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.       Please  let Rouke Bakker (Coordinator) know you would like to return or loan a trap and he will organise for pick up and drop off in a non contactless way on Sunday 14 June between 10 to 12noon. Email Rouke Bakker on

Trap LibraryThe famous Trap Library is  based in  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

The Little River Trap 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.

Little River Trap Library please contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: or
The Akaroa Trap Library has a new co-ordinator  please contact Karin Bos by emailing: 

Flex’ Class! – F’Aerial Arts Circus School is starting up a ‘Stretch and Flex’ class for those who would like to work on increasing their flexibility, and, once we’ve moved out of level 2, will include conditioning exercises to help increase upper body and core strength too.

This class is intended to help increase the range of motion of all the joints and lengthen and strengthen the muscles. For the
conditioning component we will be using the aerial apparatus.  Anthea will be the primary teacher for the flexibility exercises  and Teresa will be lead the conditioning.
This class is open to anyone 11 years of age and over, even if you do not attend circus classes.  Must bring a yoga mat, and adhere to the Level 2 guidelines of F’Aerial Arts Circus School. Cost: $60 for four weeks, or $17 casual.
Please get in touch with Teresa to book via email, facebook or phone (0212781289)

THE OKUTI VALLEY SPORT AND RECREATION CLUB – The club is open again, with the provisions that now constitute our new normal ie maintain social distancing, regularly wash or sanitise hands, wipe down all high-use surfaces and no more than 10 inside at a time.

Please, no use of the kitchen while we are still at Level 2.

26 Tuesday and 28 Thursday  YOGA CLASSES in Little River – 2 6 week courses:

Tuesday evenings, 7 – 8.15pm starting May 26 and Thursday mornings: 10 – 11.15am starting May 28 at One Spirit Studio, 72 Western Valley Road, Little River.
Each course includes Asana, Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation and is suitable for everyone.  Cost per course is $90, discounted if you join both courses.  Enrolment is essential as spaces are limited.  To enrol and for more info 0272321610 
About Arielle: Arielle is an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher and Mother of two.  She is dedicated to supporting people awaken in to their true potential. She has a background in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, and has been teaching classes, workshops and retreats since 1992.
She also offers individual sessions of Massage, Energy Healing, Yoga, Meditation and Intuitive Guidance.  To book a class or personal session email, message or phone Arielle on 0272321610.

THE OKUTI RIVER PROJECT –  The group coordinated by Alison Evans and Marcus Peuntener have had a successful plantings with around a 90% strike rate.

They are planning another planting day on the 26 August – further details will follow. Pest control around the area has been effective.

The group are planning another fresh water fun day and a bird survey later in the year.

Keep informed – read all the details in their 2020 Newsletter here

COOPTOWN AUTUMN COLOUR – The avenue of Lime Trees in Cooptown were planted as a Wairewa County Councils NZ Centennial Memorial (1840 -1940)
Native trees were considered but Lime Trees were chosen and it was reported in the Press 16 August 1940 that 80 Lime trees had been secured and the holes had been dug, the roadside had been surveyed and boundaries defined. The plantings were done with the upgrading of the road through Cooptown and the splendid avenue of these wonderful Lime Trees became the wonderful, living, accessible Centennial Memorial that we are still enjoying today.

He Puna Taimoana – New Brighton’s beachside hot pools complex, He Puna Taimoana,  opened to the public on Saturday 30 May.  “After the events of the last couple of months I am sure lots of people are going to really welcome the chance to have a relaxing soak in the hot pools.

“We are very excited about opening the doors to He Puna Taimoana and offering people a chance to unwind in a beautiful coastal setting,’’ Mr Cox says.

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions, He Puna Taimoana will operate at reduced capacity initially. The steam room and the sauna will not be available for use.

People wanting to soak in the hot pools will be able to book into one of four two-hour sessions each day. The first session will be at 10am, the second session at 12.30pm, the third at 3pm, and the final session at 5.30pm.

Only 50 people will be allowed into each session. “People wanting to have a soak in the hot pools will need to make a booking and pay online,’’ Mr Cox says.  Read full article here

Revival Clothing  –   Open each Tuesday and Thursday  10.30am  – 1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River. Contact Heather Williams  Phone  3251 259 or Fiona Phone 3290171 or email     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.

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.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.  FROZEN MEALS – Two or three times a year Revival Clothing organize a Community Cook up to make and freeze meals that can be given to people in need of them.  These are delicious and if you or know someone who could need one of these please contact Heather 3251 259.

The Little River Service Centre/Library is open. Normal opening hours apply, but the number of customers at any one time in the building will be restricted, and they will need to sign a register for contact tracing.  Library book returns are now as  normal and all  post-lockdown “overdue” books will not incur fines  if they are back by 15 June. Any queries, please contact the Christchurch City Council on 941-8999 or

KEY FACTS ABOUT 2020 DOC POSSUM CONTROL IN BANKS PENINSULA RESERVES   The Department of Conservation Mahaanui District Office plans to reduce possum numbers in Misty Peaks Armstrong Reserve and Ellangowan Reserve (see map attached with following notice)

Feratox (encapsulated Cyanide) Bait Bags will poison the possums.  A ground-based team will staple the small, labelled, blue bags to trees within the boundaries of the three scenic Reserves.  The operation will be conducted in the first period of favourable weather between 1 May to 30 June 2020.  It is expected that laying the bait will take less than four weeks.  DOC will contact all neighbours and place warning signs at normal entry points immediately prior to the operation starting.

Read the full article in the Key facts pack  here

CONSENTING, WORKS AND MAINTENANCE – The Council’s consenting teams are back supporting the construction industry, with on-site inspections starting again. We’re resuming our capital works projects under alert level three, where construction was already underway pre-lockdown. We’ll also start additional maintenance work. All work undertaken by our teams will have additional
health and safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wainui Main Road Slope Stabilization Works – Late May to Late July – See document here


I’m looking forward to getting out and about over the long weekend and reconnecting with our beautiful region. It’s been great seeing people enjoying our playgrounds and Council facilities and supporting our local shops and cafes.
Our community board meetings will resume the first week of June and our delegated decision-making powers returned on 18 May.
Keep being kind and look after one another. Kia kaha.

8 June  and 22 June –  Monday – 10am – 12.30pm.  Banks Peninsula Community Board Meetings.

Location: M2.03.14 2nd floor (14 seats) Priority bookings for Councillors and Committee Secretariats ( Committee Room 1 )

Read the Banks Peninsula Community News .

OPEN FIRE SEASON – The areas of Christchurch City, Banks Peninsula, Selwyn District, Waimakariri District and Hurunui District will all move to an Open Fire Season as of 12.01am Sunday 3 May.

Please consider whether or not it is necessary to light a fire while we are still under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.  NZ is trying to avoid an upturn in the spread of the virus through our communities and that includes protecting our fire fighters from responding to unnecessary incidents.

CHECK  IT IS ALRIGHT with Local and Region council bylaws regarding open air fires HERE

RATES – We know many people in our city are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. We’re here to help. If you are under financial stress, you may be able to get an extension of up to six months on your next rates payment. Find out if you’re eligible for a rates payment extension and apply online visit or phone 0800 800 169.

PARK RUN in Little River –  Park run organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.”

The nearest parkrun to Little River is either in Christchurch or Rolleston so our idea was to start a parkrun in Little River.

Tim and Faye  would like to organize a 5km Park Run to be held each Saturday in Little River.

 If there is anyone out there that can think of a potential route around Little River, or potentially someone that has private land that could be utilised we are really keen once this lockdown is over to start planning a parkrun for Little River???
Please ring Tim and Faye  on 03 3251 373 or email Tim at

Volunteer Recognition Awards – Nominations Open

Volunteering Canterbury is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for Volunteer Recognition Awards. These Awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, at an event to be held on Monday 22 June 2020 in the Civic Offices. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 15 May 2019.

A copy of the nomination form, together with more details, is listed on the Volunteering Canterbury website, , under ‘events’.

POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NOTICCE  Tuesday – SUMMER BADMINTON  on a Tuesday at the Little River  Community Centre, Western Valley Road.  All levels welcome, Mixed doubles, Rackets provided

All equipment is supplied. Even some friendly tutors willing to share their skills. Beginners welcome. 7- 8.30pm.  $5 casual fee or $50 for six months.

Contact Simon

POSTPONED -This Kaumatua Health Initiative is being launched by CDHB on Thursday 5 March from 10am-2pm and then every first Thursday of the month until December at the Birdlings Flat Hall.

It is for older people and their whanau, locals of Banks Peninsula and Selwyn.
The first session will focus on : Medication with Maori pharmacist.
Tai Chi. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Light lunch provided.
If you have questions ring Irihapeti phone 027 46 775 73

LITTLE RIVER HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION, NFORMATION 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 Historic Railway Station Building is on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9.30am to 4.30pm (Winter Hours) . The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.


POSTPONED 1 April Sunday – 5pm –ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month.  Agape shared fellowship meal.

Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Paul Williams 3251-259.

To keep updated with upcoming events check out their website here

POSTPONED 4 April – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS GENERAL Meeting. 7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre. Items for the Agenda to Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator or phone 021 245 9349 Each Tuesday – Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator for the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon. You are welcome to pop into see her to discuss any projects you or your group would like some help with.

You may be wondering what has happened to all the big ideas that went to make up our Community Plan.  Over the past three years since the plan was finalised, members of the Little River Big Ideas team and the Little River Wairewa Community Trust have been pursuing the implementation of several of the projects. With a lot of help from the Banks Peninsula Community Board and Christchurch City Council (CCC) staff, a number of projects are now underway.  Read the February 2020 update on the projects here. 

POSTPONED 11 April  – Sunday at 5pm.   CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday  in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.   Visitors are most welcome.   Father Geoff Gray is the Parish Priest.

POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER – Date to be confirmed later – 11 – 13 April (Easter Weekend) –  Visit Pigeon Bay ART EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS.  Pigeon Bay Hall.  Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Exhibits by 21 Artists and five workshops.

See full information on attached poster.

Eft Pos available but no cash out.  Cash and Carry Exhibition.

Tea and Coffee and Cake  provided by Pigeon Bay Hall Committee as a fundraiser for the Hall.

For any information contact Phone 027 223 1171

BANKS PENINSULA ADVENTURE RACE – Back for a second time after last years success! A new 3 hour event is available for those getting into the sport, as well as the 6 and 9 hour races for those who want to push themselves. The event is within a 1 hour drive of Christchurch, but the exact location is kept a mystery until the week of the race.

Competitors will trek and bike their way through native bush, streams, farmland and trails before reaching the finish. The course will be kept secret until the day before the race, so you have time to plan your strategy and route choice. Teams of 3 or 4 people are required, with prizes for the fastest teams in each gender and age category.

This event is a fundraiser for New Zealand athletes travelling to the World University Orienteering Championships in Russia next year.

For more information and to enter head to

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