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Community Notices

bakingTimebanking has arrived in Little River and surrounding areas and we hope you’ll join us. We have become agardening Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Timebank.
Timebank is a way of trading skills, knowledge, loan equipment and goods. Instead of dollars, time credits are used as payment. You earn time credits for the work you do and then spend them to buy another members time to get the goods and services you need. Imagine someone else doing those jobs you dislike so you have more time for enjoyable activities. You don’t owe anyone in particular and you can spend your time credits whenever it suits you. Individuals, families, schools, clubs and organisations can be members of  a Timebank.
Timebanking is a great way to get to know people in our community – to connect, contribute and belong.
If you are keen to join (cost free) go to to register or phone 03 423 0456.

Local contacts are Virginia Brownlee 0272750733 and Sandra Tuckwell 3251970


Public Submissions Invited – Draft Ōruaka Historic Reserve Management Plan

Pursuant to section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, this notice serves to advise that a draft reserve management plan has been prepared for the area known as Ōruaka Historic Reserve, situated on Bossu Road, near Birdlings Flat and Te Roto o Wairewa / Lake Forsyth, Banks Peninsula.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu invites written suggestions or comments on the draft reserve management plan. The location of the land to which the draft reserve management plan relates is shown in the figure below.

A copy of the draft reserve management plan is available for inspection at the following places for the period between Friday 9 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019:

  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, 15 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch.
  • Little River Library / Te Kete Wānanga o Wairewa, State Highway 75, Little River.

Written suggestions or comments can be made via mail or email to:

The Administering Body – Ōruaka Historic Reserve, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PO Box 13-046, Christchurch 8141.

The period available to make written suggestions or comments will be from Friday 9 November 2018, until 5pm Friday 18 January 2019.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this process, please contact Kelly Governor, Senior Environmental Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Telephone: 03 974 0171. Email: C17033_Final_Public_Notice_Draft_Plan_20181031

Road Maintenance Working Party for Banks Peninsula – can you help?

Banks Peninsula has a network of unsealed roads built in the late 1880s during the days of the District Roads Boards.  The roads are narrow and winding and have not been designed to cope with the increased use by heavier vehicles.  The Community Board is concerned that the roads appear to be deteriorating and know that general maintenance must be increased and standards raised. While there are funding constraints, there is a desire to look at ways of getting the most from the available funding.

A working group is being formed to provide advice to our Council engineers on prioritising spending. The Board is looking for three community members to join the group. We are seeking residents who have a good knowledge of Banks Peninsula’s unsealed roads and can bring a local perspective. We need a  geographic spread of members.

The meetings are likely to be held in Little River, probably during the day or late afternoon but this will be decided by the working party.

If you feel you can help and also commit to ongoing meetings, then send your name – along with your reasons for putting your name forward for consideration – to by 22 October.

HeritageStrategyCampaignMonitorbanner801x27_084453CCC DRAFT HERITAGE STRATEGY 2019-2029  – It’s time to have your say on the future of heritage…  With your help, Christchurch City Council has been putting together the Draft Heritage Strategy 2019–2029.

Developed in partnership with the six papatipu rūnanga, it’s a major piece of work that outlines how we can celebrate and protect one of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula’s most vital assets – its rich, diverse and often hidden heritage.

As the title suggests, it’s also a draft – and we need your help to make sure it does what it promises before we set our strategy in stone.


You can read the full document and leave your feedback  HERE.   Consultation opens today and closes on Monday 12 November.

COUNCILS FREEDOM CAMPING BYLAW – CCC has a proposal to amend the Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw.   The Hearings Panel has finished deliberations and will be recommending Christchurch City Council amend the bylaw to ban freedom camping in all but one area in Akaroa.

Freedom camping in certified self-contained vehicles would still be allowed in the existing Akaroa Freedom Camping Area (with a maximum stay of two nights in any 30-day period), and changes would see a slight increase in freedom camping parking spaces (from 16 to 18 spaces).

The recommendations of the Panel will be considered by the Council at its November meeting, and if the Council accepts the Panel’s recommendations, the changes would be in place in time for summer (by 1 December).

Read more on Newsline. 

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa.

People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid the water until the health warning has been lifted.  Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, says the bloom can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips — if you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately. No one should drink the water from the lake at any time. Boiling the water does not remove the toxin.  “Animals that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately.

“Fish and shellfish can concentrate toxins, and their consumption should be avoided. If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water.”  Environment Canterbury monitors the lake, and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality that are of public health significance.  For further information visit

WainuiROAD WORKS ON WAINUI ROAD – A Stormwater culvert replacement on Wainui Main Road at the East End of Wainui Bay.  Work will start November 2018 to Mid December 2018.  A temporary Road Closure will be in place on the Wainui Main Road and a marked diversion using Cemetery Road  will be in place for the duration of the works (3 to 4 weeks).
Works will be undertaken between 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.

Read full notice HERE

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

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

KIWIBANK PREDATOR FREE SCHOOL – With the help of Kiwi bank, Predator Free New Zealand are giving twenty schools up to $1,000 towards predator trapping to save native species in their own school yard.

Funding is for traps and trapping equipment to teach children about the damage mammalian predators cause to our native species and the benefits of predator trapping. All schools can apply – primary, secondary, large or small, urban or rural.

Applications open on Monday 17 September and can be submitted until midnight on Monday 22 October. More details can be found here. The application will be available online from 17 September.

We would appreciate you sharing this information with schools through your networks, newsletters, website, email etc.  Contact for any questions.  Sonia Rafter, Predator Free NZ Trust, Ph: 027 2123 062.

Waste PreventionWASTE PREVENTION BANKS PENINSULA – has a Facebook Page.  Go HERE to read all the latest tips.  Waste Prevention Banks Peninsula is a closed group whereby BP residents can find out more about the soft plastics recycling trial, but more importantly how to work on reducing plastics all together. Run by waste prevention educator and Little River resident Sharon McIver from Our Daily Waste, this will be a space for people to ask questions and show off their own waste prevention tips and successes.

  Contact Sharon email or 325 1290/ 021 2516 123 to show your interest and with any queries.

stream projectMILLION METRES STREAMS PROJECT – Million Metres is an online fundraising platform. We raise money for restoring the Banks of New Zealand’s waterways.  Our goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterways with native plants and trees.  The initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the Department of Conservation.  For further information go to the link here About Million Metres for project holders – 2 pager

Action Plan to Tackle Alcohol-Related Harm – The Christchurch Alcohol Action Plan (CAAP) a joint strategy led by Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and New Zealand Police – has been developed in response to community concerns about harmful alcohol use.

A city free from alcohol-related harm is the vision behind a new strategy launched in Christchurch. Read and share the full story online.

INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS – we have a supply of these for loan if you need. Wheeled walking frame, over toilet seat, shower stool, walking stick, nonslip shower mat, sock aid, long handled shoe horn, foam air ring and foam cushion. Contact Virginia Phone 0272750733  or (at the end of August) Jo 3251 939

ecan-logo21 August – Tuesday – BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE MEETING.  4.00pm at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.  This meeting is open to the public.   Follow the Link to Agenda HERE  Contact Warren Brixton, Committee Advisor, 3251 386

Phone 021 2334 567  Go to website here


Neighbours DayNeighbours Day 22 March – 31 March 2019 – Road Trip! Neighbours of New Zealand.

Hello! It’s Cissy and Sam and we’re back for another year! For 2019 we’re having ten days in March to celebrate Neighbours Day Aotearoa.  We’re hatching a plan! A road trip! We want to travel all the way up and down Aotearoa chatting with real people, about what they’re doing in their neighbourhoods. If you’re doing great things in your neighbourhood drop us a line, we’d love to visit and highlight the work you’re doing. We’ll be visiting small towns, big cities, chatting with some of the people who make New Zealand neighbourhoods wonderful.

We’ll also be running some workshops along the way. So if you’re interested in us (Cissy and Sam) coming to your community to help share ideas, and put some actions around it –  drop us a line and let us know.  See you soon!  Go  to here to see how you can organise an event or contact us on


Dog Registration Fees – The Cost of registering your dog will go up by $2.00 from 1 July. The increase means those with responsible dog ownership status who register their dog before July 1 will have to pay $59 for their first dog and $41 for each of their other dogs. More information can be found here

AKAROA, LYTTELTON & BANKS PENINSULA OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE – The Akaroa, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula Official Visitor Guide is  found in Little River at the Little River  Information Station, at the Little River Challenge Service Station, Little River Service Centre and at many of our local business.  A number of our local business promote themselves in it but it would be great to have more support from the Little River area.  The Akaroa District Promotions are wanting to gauge whether there is enough interest to produce the next 2018/19 Visitor Guide.  Please read the following from Hollie Hollander, Executive Officer,  Akaroa District Promotions and take part in the survey at the end of her notice.  You can contact Hollie  at

The Akaroa, Lyttelton & Banks Peninsula Official Visitor Guide (OVG) is the DLE sized brochure that can be found in the box outside the Akaroa 4 Square and various locations in Akaroa.  It is the official visitor guide for our district and has a wide distribution across New Zealand, particularly the South Island.  The existing 2017 guide was produced by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism and published by Beck & Caul.  60,000 copies were printed in March 2017.

Beck & Caul distribute 85% of the guides to i-SITEs and travel wholesalers/agents and VisitorPoint distribute them also to many locations.  The cost to distribute the guides with VisitorPoint is $405 plus GST per month plus a monthly fee for the extra guides that go out on request.

This distribution cost has been paid for by Akaroa District Promotions since Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism ceased to distribute the guide at the end of June 2018.  VisitorPoint distribute the OVG to locations in:

  • Central South Island
  • Christchurch 1 areas
  • Christchurch 2 areas (Transport)
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs
  • South Canterbury.

Akaroa District Promotions want to know if there is enough interest to reproduce the next 2018/2019 guide. Please can you click on this short survey with Survey Monkey to let us know if you are interested in advertising in the guide, either as a current advertiser or a new advertiser?  The cost in the survey is a guide only and based on last year’s figures.

Here is the link to the Survey:

REVISED TIME FRAME FOR PLANNING OF THE MISTY PEAKS RESERVE AND TE OKA RESERVE MANAGEMENT PLANS – A notice to let you know of a revised timeframe for planning the Misty Peaks Reserve and Te Oka Reserve Management Plans, as follows:

Ø  October 2018 – Proposed Banks Peninsula Community board approval for public release of the draft management plans and start of public consultation

Ø  December 2018 – Close of public consultation after three calendar months

Ø  Early 2019 – Hearings

Ø  Mid-2019 – Community Board approval of the draft plans as the operative reserve management plans.

We apologise for the delay. We need more time to make sure we have all the specialist input to develop the draft plans.  Information on the parks and plans for managing them can be found on the Council website by following the links below or searching on the website for each of the parks by name.

Misty Peaks Reserve
Te Oka Reserve

Thank you again for your interest in these reserves. We value your input so far, and look forward to receiving further feedback when we get back to you with the draft management plan for each of these reserves.  Contact Philippa Upton, Christchurch City Council,  Phone 03 941 8808

Generosity New Zealand

For community groups seeking funding, the givUS page can be accessed externally through the library website (log in with your library card number and PIN) –

For individuals seeking funding, givME can be accessed here:

CINCH – Christchurch City Libraries created a database of community information –

It’s a great idea to pop your organisation’s details on here, have a look at other organisations and make sure your details are up to date.

Changes to Alcohol Licence applications

The Christchurch City Council is changing the way alcohol license applications are publicly notified.  Instead of notifying applications in local newspapers (The Press and the Star), public notices will now be published on a dedicated

This is consistent with the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.  Making this change will mean by consistently advertising all license application public notices on the same webpage, people will know where to go to look for information, including public objection start and end dates for an application.  A history of recent notifications will also be viewable. It will also be easier and less costly for applicants and will assist with managing application processing timelines. Read poster here Alcohol Community Info DL – CON1562 – FINAL


Little River Phone DirectoryThe new Little River 20181 Local phone directory is out. This year the proceeds go to the Little River Support group for People with Cancer here in Little River, that covers the area from the Hill Top to Kaituna. We are a group of volunteers that generate funds locally for residents who may have cancer.

We have a small fund which is available to provide some financial support for people with cancer or undergoing treatment by way of donations for petrol, meals and other needs. Inquiries to Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or  Please note we are not part of the Cancer Society their helpline is 0800 226 237.  However we are always looking for volunteers on Daffodil Day (end of August) to make marmalade and help on our stall in Little River.

The Directories are $10 and are available from the Little River Service Centre and the Craft Station for $10.

The Stock on Roads Bylaw comes into force from 1 March 2018 

New rules for moving stock on or across roads in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula come into effect on 1 March 2018.
The changes are designed to make sure we’re up to date with recent health and safety law changes while also keeping people and livestock safe and protecting our roads from damage.
Essentially we’ve tried to keep things as simple as possible by developing a list of restricted roads — basically all roads in the urban city area and key tourist routes in Banks Peninsula.  If you want to move stock on or across these roads, or move dairy cattle, you need to call us first to discuss it on 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
There’s also a requirement for farmers to ensure boundary fences will keep stock contained. This is because escaped stock are the leading cause of stock-related traffic accidents.
Otherwise, you should meet the following standard conditions of the Stock on Roads Bylaw 2017, which include the following:
·         Wear high visibility clothing
·         Maintain control over stock·        
 Minimise any disruption to other road users
·         Move stock at a suitable time, ie. Daylight and non-peak traffic.
·         Display temporary warning signs that can be seen from either direction.
·         Use pilot vehicles if you are moving stock more than 300 metres along a road (unless the road is unsealed)
You can find the list of restricted roads and more detail about the conditions and getting an assessment of your stock movement plan on our website  or call 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.



Pre-retirement home Little River – Would anyone finding their present home and holding too large but wanting to remain in the Little River community for as long as possible, please phone 03 3434228  for an outline of a proposal for a retirement unit  build at Little River.  Developer is considering a 9 unit development with room for motorhome or caravans on 2ha lifestyle block and is looking for expressions of interest.  Unit sizes 40 and 50m2.  Price is not known yet but is expected to be around $200,000 for a shareholding in the company which will give exclusive use of a unit to the shareholder and the right to locate a caravan/campervan on a site without charge.  Craig Mason, 31 Corsair Drive, Wigram, Christchurch 8042.  Phone 03 343 4228. email



Double DutchDOUBLE DUTCH – Karin Bos and Tineke van de Heide are living the dream on Banks Peninsula. The registered nurses, originally from the Netherlands, are also volunteer firefighters at the Little River brigade, they breed horses and run a market garden that provides seasonable vegetables for the local community.

Listen to them speaking on Country Life on Radio  NZ  here

LTTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY – To listen to Allison Evans speaking on Country Life on Radio  NZ  about the Little River Trap Library, Pest Control and the Living Classroom concept in the Okuti Valley Reserve listen here

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.


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

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


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 Barb  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.    

 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 


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

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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