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Community Notices

Strengthening community fundingThe Strengthening Communities Fund is for local groups wanting to run projects and programmes which benefit the community. The funding is sourced from and allocated through the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

There have been a number of changes which have been implemented for this funding round.  To ensure you are up to date with the changes and how it might impact your group, join us for an information session:  

Further information can be found on the Council’s website: or through Grace Le Heux 03 941 5602 or Fiona Nicol 0274 035 716

CCC Beca Heritage Week 2017 ‘Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our Way’. Becca Heritage Week is held in October 13 to the 31st.

The theme for Beca Heritage Week 2017 reflects this year’s anniversaries which offer the chance to explore and celebrate the cultural and physical development of our district and the pursuit of leisure activities in a unique landscape, defined by Plains, Port Hills and Peninsula.  Do you have a great idea for a Beca Heritage Week event?

CCC are calling out to all community groups, businesses and individuals who want to hold events during the festival.


Wairewa Health Warning Lifted

The Health Warning for Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth has been lifted  This means that two consecutive weeks of samples have been below the biovolume trigger level of 1.8 mm3/L.

Also attached HERE  are the responses to questions from the Wairewa community about the health of the lake and discussed at the Zone Committee meeting at Little River 18 April 2017.Enviroment canterbury

Lesley Woudberg – Team Leader Zone Facilitator Environment Canterbury

Response to Forsyth community questions


6 May – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER GYMNASTICS first term date.  Will run for 9 weeks. Spaces are limited so please email Rebecca at   Preschool class 2 – 4 years.  9.00am to 9.45am.  $3.00Primary A Class 5 – 6 years.  10am to 10.45am. $5.00.  Primary B Class 7 – 9 years 11.00am – 11.45am.  $5.00.

The future of heritage – what do you think?  – Survey: The future of heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.  What do we want heritage to be, and look like, in 50 years? How can we make that happen?  We want to hear what you think as we explore new ways to protect and celebrate our heritage.  The link to the Council’s survey is:

Printed survey forms are available at Council libraries and service centres. All responses must be received before 5pm on Monday 22 May 2017.  The survey is to inform how we create a pathway for heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. Any specific actions and implementation will be worked through with heritage stakeholders, groups and individuals who provide feedback.

To find out more about this project you can attend any of the following drop-in sessions:  Saturday 29 April, 11.30am-2pm – Gaiety Hall, 105 Rue Jolie, Akaroa.  Wednesday 3 May, 4.30-7pm – Function Room, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.  Saturday 13 May 10am – noon  Grubb Cottage, 62 London Street, Lyttelton.

You can also comment on the Council’s Facebook page:  Please feel free to forward this information to others who would like to take part in the survey.

For any further questions please email or phone Heritage Advisor, Suzanne Richmond (03) 941 5383, or Senior Engagement Advisor, Jennie Hamilton (03) 941 5207.


The Okuti Reserve is a local treasure. It is one of the only remaining examples of a lowland Kahikatea forest left in Canterbury and even though it is small, it supports some rare species. One of these is an endemic fern called Tmesipteris horomaka (Mesa-teris) which isn’t found in any abundance anywhere else in Canterbury and is rare in New Zealand. The reserve has a fantastic understory of regenerating plants and there are of course a number of morepork and other birds nesting in there.

Sadly, there are also weeds and animal pests in there which are having a negative impact on the biology.  Alison has  been trapping pests in there for a couple of years and has applied for some money to put up some new signs showing some of the plants and animals that live in there.   DOC have made it clear  that they don’t have the financial resources to maintain the reserve to the level it deserves. The track is likely to get increased traffic now that it is part of the Hilltop walking track which means there is more potential for weeds to come in on boots and disturbance to the understory.

Are there are 12 families in  Okuti Valley  that might be willing to help me look after the reserve. There are already  4 or 5 families willing to help but will need  a few more to make it work?

It would involve:

1) Taking a turn at opening the Trap Library (2 hours on the second Sunday of the month) at the Okuti Hall.
2) Walking through the reserve twice to check traps (at 2 week intervals)and pull out any weeds that you might see.

That is all!!  Please contact Alison if you can help.  Phone 3251 336

We are pleased to announce that applications for the NZ Bursary Fund have officially opened. If you are engaged with social enterprise in New Zealand and need financial assistance to make it to Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, this is for you.  Read more – here

Funding Opportunity – Got an idea that will bring your little slice of Christchurch to life? Need some funding to get it off the ground?  Applications are open for funding that will enliven the central city or suburban centres. Read more.<>

NZ Falcoln26 March – SundayYOU ARE INVITED TO MEET AND LEARN ABOUT THE NZ FALCON – The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust is delighted to invite our members and supporters to meet a NZ Falcon and hear about these remarkable birds from Vikki Smith.   Vikki, from the Marlborough Falcon Trust, has been working with birds of prey for many years and has been involved with a program to train the birds to scare away less desirable species from vineyards in Marlborough.

To learn about these remarkable birds, join us for an afternoon talk from:  2 – 5pm on Sunday 26 March at the Okuti Valley Hall, Little River.  Afternoon tea will be provided and entry is by gold coin donation. Numbers are limited to so please RSVP to

Photo credit: David Skilton (bird pictured in Okuti Valley).

GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE.    With Support from the Red Cross, the Methodist Mission is going to be able to help fund 180 small street, neighbourhood or community events over the next 14months that promote social connectedness.

We are inviting proposals from individuals, neighbourhood groups, community organisations, churches or resident associations, anyone keen to have a small or medium sized local event. This funding covers the Christchurch, Selwyn, Waimakiri, Hurunui and Kaikoura Districts.

For more information please see the letter HERE   Contact  Tineke Tuiletufuga,  Community Response Worker –  Ph 389 6232 or  Cell 0278187117


11 April –  Tuesday  – Annual Meeting for the  Wairewa / Little River Rating District at 7pm at the Little River Rugby Clubrooms.

This is the annual Rating District meeting to discuss work on improvements to flood protection. It is a public meeting and all rate-payers within the Little River catchment are invited. Nominations will be taken and elections held for membership to the Rating District Liaison Committee. Enqiries to

Little River Wairewa Community Newsletter Read here

Expressions of Interest – Trustee position

The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust has a broad mandate to promote sustainable management, conservation and recreation on Banks Peninsula. It is now seeking to appoint two new Trustees. Candidates should have a good knowledge of Banks Peninsula; and be passionate about its present and future. The Trust seeks individuals with the time and ability to work as part of a voluntary governance team. An interest in walking and tramping, financial or negotiation skills would be an asset.

Please visit the Trust’s website for more information and to download the Expression of Interest form located under Documents/Administrative. Expressions of interest should be emailed to by Friday March

If you live in Okuti or Reynolds Valley you may be eligible for Free Wasp Control. –
The Little River Wairewa Community Trust is working with ECAN to control wasps in these two valleys. If you know where the nest is please mark it with a piece of ribbon or tape. These nests can be poisoned using Permex powder. If you Don’t know where the nest is but still have wasps visiting, we have a new product available called Vespex which we plan to use during autumn. Vespex is taken by worker wasps back to the nest.
For more information or to register contact Alison Evans your local coordinator on Phone 3251 336 or

Big Ideas 1 BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE RIVER – The Big Ideas  latest newsletter aimed at keeping the community up to date and actively involved is attached.

 The newsletter  lists the main projects that  have been  identified so far and gives everyone the opportunity to indicate which projects  they might be interested in helping progress. Through the Little River Big Ideas team we hope to be able to connect you with like-minded people with the will and the skills to make a contribution to our community. Alternatively,  email  and let them  know where your interests lie and giving your consent to sharing your contact details with other local people with similar interests.  The Big Ideas Team includes Pam Richardson and Tori Peden..

Little River Big Ideas                                                          Read Newsletter here             PowerPoint Presentation

Update on the Rating district work in Little River– Rating district – liaison meeting being set for mid March (date TBC). ECan River Engineers have responded to requests for tree clearance after isolated trees have fallen across the river over winter. Recent spraying of regrowth of the banks, focusing on willow re-sprouting has been undertaken. Main work on target areas programmed for March/April – dependant on landowner permission.  If you are interested come to the meeting in March.  Will advise the date.

Contact is Shaun McCracken at ECan Shaun McCracken

PORT HILLS FIRE – Civil Defence is recommending no recreational activities, such as camping, cycling or picnics, take place within the yellow line on this map until further notice.

The yellow line boundary, which was modelled on the current fire situation and weather forecasts, shows where further fire spread and smoke could pose a risk and cause health concerns.

It is important for non-residents to stay away from the marked area to allow access for emergency services who are working in this area.

Visit the CDHB Facebook page for information on smoke inhalation:

Residents that live within the zone who have not already been evacuated are not affected. If further evacuations are required, then a formal evacuation will take place. If you feel unsafe or worried you are advised to self-evacuate.

Wairewa / Lake Forsyth plan change to be operative

Plan Change 6 to the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan, covering the Wairewa / Lake Forsyth catchment, would be made operative on 1 February 2017.

DO YOU HAVE A STORY??? – COUNTRY LIFE – I would like to record some rural stories in the Little River area for our weekly Country Life programme.  It is just me and my sound device and stories normally go to air a few weeks later.  If you have a story to tell please contact me  Cosmo Kentish-Barnes, Producer, Country Life, 03 374 8444 / 027 206 5871

 Nominate your Seaweek 2017 Ocean Champion
NZAEE Seaweek is delighted to announce that nominations are now open to find the Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2017.  Visit the Seaweek website at to nominate your “Ocean Champion” and celebrate all those individuals, groups and organizations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them.  Nominations are open now until Friday 27 January 2017 and voting will take place during February 2017. Nominees will all be featured on the Seaweek website.The winner will be announced during Seaweek 2017 and will receive a prize package.


There are  two electric car chargers being installed in Little River.  Please follow the links for further information.

Promotion Rain Storage and Water Conservation – The City are undertaking a water conservation campaign starting mid Nov. Do you know of any good examples of people undertaking water conservation/rainwater harvesting on the Peninsula that could be profiled?

If so please contact Robert Burch –


Copies of the Report for the Oscar Programme and the Car Pooling Feasibility Study are available for the community to read at the Little River Service Centre.  Any queries please contact Barb Gaeth

Little River Growers – are you interested in joining the Akaroa Farmers Market?

The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm in the Madeira Hotel car park in Akaroa.  You can go every week or intermittent days depending on what produce you have available.

Minimal charge is 10% of your takings up to a maximum of $20. Currently this charge goes back into the Akaroa community via Heartlands. If Little River area joins then they will discuss letting the money from this group come back to our community.

You can share tables if there are a few of you who have small amounts, which would decrease your travel and time.

There are tables and chairs available for customers to sit and eat if they wish. At the moment there are crepes and white bait patties.  An example of things sold is olives, smoked salmon, seasonal vegges, pickles.

If you want further info please contact Jan by email


The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from the coastline between Motanau to Akaroa Heads.  Read More

VOLUNTEERS WANTED.  The Living Streams Community Nursery welcomes new potters and planters for an hour or so on a Wednesday or Saturday. It’s a busy time of year and any assistance will be received with open arms!

The nursery is also looking for a few people to adopt some recently planted trees and grasses along the Okana at Pa Road. All this entails is weeding occasionally as well as watering when dry (or call in the fire brigade, as in the photo).

Please contact Annelies Pekelharing 3251229. Or e-mail

Living Streams Community Nursery is supported by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.


Are you new to the area or have you a new neighbour or know of some one  who has just moved in to Little River.   Please contact Jill on or  let us know on the “Leave a Reply ” area of the home page  with contact details  and  we will organise a Welcome to Little River Pack to be delivered.
We will need to know their name, address and when they moved in.
Email address would be good to if new resident would like to receive the Little River Community Newsletter and updates.   

The Little River School Principal Christian Couper and the Schools Trustee’s are looking at the possibility of using the school house as a Shared Workspace where business owners, freelance artists, employees or anyone needing a space to work away from home can work.
Anyone wanting to know more about work space, the requirements, the costs or have questions can contact Christian at the School.  There is a limit of five places and those not affiliated with the school can still make an inquiry.  Phone Little River School 3251 004

 Neighbourhood Support

Tony Quigley is the Coordinator for Okuti Valley and Reynolds Valley his address is as follows –  175 Okuti Valley Road, Phone 980 1071, email   

If you live in a different part of Little River  and  would like more information about a group in your area please contact Tori and/or Murray Peden Ph: 3251982  email

Tui Restoration ProjectBanks Peninsula Tui Restoration Project


Lots of success stories in the attached Newsletter for you to read.


P1020864NEW SIGN FOR LITTLE RIVER. A new Visitor Information Sign has been put up adjacent to the Historic Railway Station by the Cherry Blossom Trees with Information on the Christchurch to Little River Railtrail, the Local History of the Town, Lake Forsyth, Lake Ellesmere, Okuti Valley Reserve and Walking Tracks, Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit.  It lights up at night.

SWIMMING – LITTLE RIVER SCHOOL POOL – Parents and Community can get keys via the school office.  You are required to sign a form (available from the school office or by email) and pay$75.00.  This includes a $20.00 bond if key returned at end of season.  Keys should not be shared and non key holders should not be swimming.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe 2016 Little River  Telephone Directory has been printed and is available from the Little River Service Centre for $10.00.  It has a bright orange cover and the proceeds from the sale of the directory go towards The Little River Jiu Jitsu Club.  A Big Thankyou to Jane and Mario Downes  for all their hard work on once again putting out this well used Directory for us all in Little River. They have been doing this since 1999.

New Members are encouraged to join either in the Junior or Senior Section of the Little River Jiu Jitsu Club.   Juniors meet on a Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm and Seniors (16+) on Thursday also from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Little River Community Centre.

Please contact Todd Rogers on 027 444 0200 for further details.



Little River Rail TrailTell us about your experiences on the Little River Rail Trail.

The Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail Trust have provided a ‘QR code’ poster for Rail Trail users to provide feedback after they have done the trail. Scan the code on the attached poster or go to

Rail Trail Survey notice



“STOP THE CLOCK” SCULPTURE FOR LITTLE RIVER TOWNSHIP– Jane and Mario Downes  are looking for support from the Little River Community for the installation of their original  Sculpture on the corner of Highway 75 and Western Valley Road. This  site – on Council Land – has been chosen  as the 6 meter tall dandelions  would be visible  to travellers approaching Little River from four different directions.  With their own contribution of  $20,000.00 of their own personal expenses a remaining $30,000.00 still needs to be funded.  Jane and Mario feel the dandelion sculptures exemplify the lifestyle choices available in Little River – Living the Dream and finding Freedom -and have also offered to install and maintain the sculptures.
Anyone wanting more information, interested in getting involved or to make a donation contact them direct on 3251 132 or email

STOP TPPA MARCH IN LITTLE RIVER – Over 60 people joined together  in protest in Little River on Saturday 15th August 2015.

The Little River Rally got on the front page of the Christschurch Press. 




DECADES IN COLOUR – Greenstone TV is making an exciting three -part series telling New Zealand’s history from the inside out primarily through colour home film footage.

Decades in Colour will travel through three unforegettable decades of change – the 1950’s, 1960’s and1970’s revealing the big moments and the reality of life for ordinary Kiwis.

Using home colour footage, archived film footage and interviews with people involved in key events and everyday activities, this landmark series will capture what life was really like during those nostalgic years from the inside out. But we can’t do it without you.  So, the “Decades in Colour” Team is on a nationwide search for colour home footage from the ’50’s. 60’s and 70’s to help shape our documentary series and tell the story of a changing nation.  The series will be about what these decades were like for ordinary Kiwis.

We’d love to fine colour footage of both important  and domestic events throughout the country. It could be rural or urban, feature music, politics, engineering, science, building horticultural events.  Think, the Lions tour, the Beatles arriving, anti-war protests, the Nelson cyclone, sons and fathers going off to war.

But we also want your stories of everyday life – the beach, picnics, A&P Show, skateboarding, parties, bands, fashion, protests, anything that evokes the times or has a great story behind it.

Please contact us if you have any personal, colour home footage that could be a part of a television series committed to showing the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as they realy were.

Email for any leads

DUCK SHOOTING SEASON OPENED 2 May and runs for three months.   A License must be obtained from Fish and Game New Zealand every season .  Restrictions  apply.


We have a small fund which is available to provide some financial support for people who have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment by way of  donations for petrol, meals and other. We are are a  group of volunteers that generate funds locally for residents who may have cancer from Kaituna, Birdlings Flat area, Little River up to the Hilltop.
Inquiries to Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or Mondays at Wairewa Heart 3251313.
Please note we are not part of the Cancer Society their helpline is: 0800 226 237.  

The Trust has just published its new walking resources which include the new website  which gives a complete overview of all the walks available on Banks Peninsula.

A hard copy reference book with the same information and three brochures giving details of walks in the Akaroa area. This is the first time that all the information on walks on Banks Peninsula is available to walkers in one place and we are all extremely grateful to Suky Thompson and the Rod Donald Trust for this huge undertaking. You can purchase individual copies of the brochures, an A4 size copy of the reference book or view a large copy of the Reference Book at the Little River Visitor Centre located in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station. Email . The Saddle Hill Walk just out of Little River is in the Greater Banks Peninsula Walks Brochure. $2.00 from the Little River Visitor Centre. Amazing 360 degree views from the trig Station at the top of the walk.



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