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Community Notices


One of Christchurch City Council’s priorities is to improve the quality of our waterways. It’s also a requirement of the Environment Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.

We are considering a community water partnership programme focused on educating, engaging and empowering communities to help stop contaminants getting into stormwater.

The first step is to identify and understand what motivates people, the barriers to people taking action and the emotional triggers that prompt change. We are now able to reveal the results of a survey done late in 2017 focusing on these areas.

More than 400 people did the survey, and we can see from the results that the community cares about the health of waterways. The vast majority of people (90 per cent) think our waterways are natural assets and 75 per cent describe them as taonga (treasures).

The results also show we have some challenges if we want to improve the quality of our waterways.  While nearly 60 per cent of people who completed the survey said our waterways were in poor or very poor health, only 55 per cent of respondents said they knew where storm water went once it entered the drain network.

What is encouraging is that the vast majority of people are prepared to make lifestyle changes (80% or more) to reduce pollution and 56 percent of those surveyed would be willing to take part in waterways clean-up activities.

Now we’ve got the results, we will work with smaller groups to identify in more detail the activities and behaviours that will best achieve our goal of improving the health of our waterways. Read the full results here:


A close watch is being kept on rainfall levels across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

The weather forecast though suggests the rain expected over the next day or two should cause little more than nuisance surface flooding on some low-lying streets around the Avon and Heathcote rivers.

Rain falling on an umbrella.

Between 40 and 60 millimetres of rain is expected to fall in Christchurch over the next couple of days.

Some surface street flooding typically occurs in Christchurch when the city gets more than 40 millimetres of rain within a 24 hour period or if there are sustained heavy down pours in which rain falls at more than a rate of 4 millimetres an hour.

“The current forecast suggests Christchurch and Banks Peninsula can expect between 40 and 60 millimetres of rain over the next couple of days so it is possible we will see some surface street flooding in some pockets of the city,’’ says Christchurch City Council City Services General Manager David Adamson.

Go here for full article.

Public Notices – Intention to prepare a Reserve Management Plan for:  Ōruaka Pā Historic Reserve

15 December 2017.  Notice is given that pursuant to section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu proposes to prepare a reserve management plan for the Ōruaka Pā Historic Reserve, situated on Bossu Road, near Birdlings Flat and Te Roto o Wairewa / Lake Forsyth. The locality plan shows the area to be included in the management plan.

Ōruaka Pā Historic Reserve is a site of cultural significance to Ngāi Tahu, in particular to Wairewa Rūnanga.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu invites interested persons and organisations to send written suggestions to assist in the preparation of the draft plan.  Suggestions should be provided by mail or email as follows:

The Administering Body, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu PO Box 13-046 Christchurch 8141, Attention: Aaron Leith, Programme Leader.  Email:

Suggestions will close by 5pm on Friday 9 February 2018.  

puddle-050417-T2-1Christchurch ready for heavy rain and high tide –

With heavy rain forecast for Friday and Saturday – which happens to coincide with higher than normal tides – Christchurch City Council is taking steps to minimise any flooding impact in the city and Banks Peninsula.

Combined with a high tide, the chance of flooding during heavy rain is much greater. We’re keeping a close eye on the forecast, which as we all know can change, but we’re playing it very safe and preparing for a wet and windy couple of days.

Up to 40 millimetres of rain is expected over the city on Friday, with more than 50 millimetres expected over parts of Banks Peninsula and the upper plains. Follow the link below for the full message.…/022411D3317401…


The Christchurch City Council has updated its alcohol licensing website and has a new information brochure for members of the community. We will be looking at getting printed versions of the brochure into service centres and libraries early next year.  Read our brochure: Alcohol Licensing in the Community

Coronation GardenJanuary    – Monday 10 – 12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING – It is nearly summer and Bruce is busy getting the garden in tip top shape for the Banks Peninsula Show on the 20 January 2018 – Saturday.

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

20 December – Wednesdays – ECAN AND BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE – “On Wednesday’s, Peninsula residents can drop in to the Little River Service Centre to meet either Geoff Thompson, a Land Management Advisor or a Biodiversity Officer from Environment Canterbury to talk about ECAN and Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee matters. Geoff will be in the office each Wednesday morning 9am to 1pm. Contact

Little River Phone DirectoryNew Phone Directory –    The Little River Phone Directory is now being revised for release in early 2018 with the proceeds from sales going to the Little River Support Group for People with Cancer.

A draft is at the Service Centre for you to check or add your details.

If you would like to advertise please contact me or ph 3251132 – ads and payment are required before Christmas.

RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON – has been declared from midnight 9 December.   That means a  permit is needed to light a fire in the open air in  those lands encompassed by the CCC (including Banks Peninsula), Selwyn District Council and those lands encompassed by the Hurunui and Waimakariri District Council

Fires that do not require a fire permit in a Restricted Fire Season are:  Gas cooker or gas barbeque and a contained barbeque.

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light or allow another person to light a fire in the open air in an area that is in a Restricted Fire Season unless under a permit issued by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with the condition of the permit.  Any permits issued during a restricted Fire Season are suspended if Fire and Emergency declare a Prohibited Fire Season or prohibits fire in open air in the area.  Go to or phone 0800658 628 to read more or obtain a permit

CHRISTCHURCH  BIODIVERSITY FUND – This is to announce that information on the Christchurch Biodiversity Fund and associated application form is now available on the Council’s website


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

Little River CalandarLittle River Calendar for 2018 now available at the Little River Craft Station, showcasing our beautiful Peninsula with locally taken photographs.  To purchase please call in at the Craft Station or email 

Costing $20.00 these make an ideal present for Christmas for your friends and family or just have one for yourself.

Future of HeritageTHE FUTURE OF HERITAGE – Following on from the update earlier this month, we would like to keep you informed of progress on the Future of Heritage Project.  The Council’s project team, in partnership with Ngai Tahu, are preparing a draft Heritage Strategy based on the information which ou share with us in May/June, as well as an implementation plan to make the strategy relevant, meaningful and accessible for the whole community.  To read more go here

Enviroment canterburyThe summary notes, presentations and example documents from Event 4 are now loaded at the Environment Canterbury website. Here is the link  You can also search on “networking for the environment” at the ECan home page. If you prefer to be emailed the summary notes, then please let me know.

Below is a  survey to get a steer for next year’s 4 events, so PLEASE take a few minutes to fill it out. Also, an updated contact list will be sent when I figure out how to best protect the information. If you have any suggestions please let me know and if you don’t want your email address provided to the rest of the group, then please let me know that too.  Thank you for a great year.  Ngā mihi,

NETWORKING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN GREATER CHRISTCHURCH – We are running a survey and would love to have your input.  Please let us know what you think.



Water 1Join your local water zone committee.   If you want to help deliver the community’s goals for water, then join your local water zone committee now.   Canterbury’s water zone committees are looking for new members to help ensure new perspectives are reflected.
The committees are currently focused on improving freshwater quality and biodiversity values, protecting drinking water supplies, encouraging sustainable farming practices, and enhancing recreational opportunities and cultural values.

The committees are looking for people who can see others’ points of view and work collaboratively to find solutions for water challenges.

Check out the stories below from current members and find out wai they care or visit waiwecare before 8 October to let us know why you care.  To read the stories from current members go here

Get Ready9 -15 October –  It’s Get Ready Week  and this year’s theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed.

During the week we’ll be promoting the different ways people can stay informed during an emergency on our Facebook page – which radio stations to listen to, which website and social media to follow, the importance of getting to know your neighbours and checking if you can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts(available end of 2017).

You can also download the Red Cross Hazards app to receive emergency alerts in Christchurch.

Radio: If the power goes out, a solar or battery powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up to date with the latest news, In an emergency, tune to these stations:

  • Radio New Zealand
  • The Hits
  • NewstalkZB
  • MoreFM
  • Radio Live

Online: For local updates, follow Newsline on the Christchurch City Council website and the Christchurch CDEM Facebook page.

Know your neighbours: There’s strength in numbers. In an emergency, you can work with your neighbours to get through. Neighbourhood Support Groups bring local people together to create safe, supportive and connected communities. Join the Christchurch Gets Ready database here.

Emergency Mobile Alert (coming soon): Emergency Mobile Alert will be a new way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app. Emergency Mobile Alert is expected to be available by the end of 2017.

Banks Peninsula Community Board Plan – The Banks Peninsula Community Board would like to present its Community Board Plan for 2017-19, which is the Board’s vision for the future of Banks Peninsula.   

Outcomes the Board would like to achieve. 
  • Our communities are prepared for the impacts and consequences of natural hazards and can responds and recover quickly.
  • Local communities are well-connected and supported by easily accessible community facilities.
  • Core infrastructure is provided, well-maintained and future-proofed.
  • The cultural, natural and built heritage of Banks Peninsula is acknowledged, valued and enhanced.
  • Visitors to Banks Peninsula enhance the local economy and sustain the natural, social and heritage environments.
  • Banks Peninsula is a viable place to live and work.
  • The Banks Peninsula environment is well-managed, sustained and enhanced.
This Plan will guide the Board’s:
  • Decisions on local activities, projects and facilities
  • Input into development of the Council’s service levels, budget, policies and strategies
  • Advocacy on behalf of communities
  • How the Board works with others who play a key role in the area

11 October – Wednesday – ECAN AND BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE – On Wednesday’s, Peninsula residents can drop in to the Little River Service Centre to meet either Geoff Thompson, a Land Management Advisor or a Biodiversity Officer from Environment Canterbury to talk about ECan and Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee matters.  Geoff will be in the office each Wednesday morning 9am to 1pm.

Geoff is working on a project to assist land owners adjacent to rivers along the Wairewa valley floor to find cost effective ways to remediate and reduce stream bank erosion.  Over the next month Geoff hopes to meet owners of banks damaged during storm events to discuss the proposal.

The Peninsula community is strongly committed to improving biodiversity and understanding its value and significance.  Land owners are welcome to meet and take about their desires to look after biodiversity areas on their properties.”>

for further information on Ecan here

The Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team have greater powers to prosecute landlords who breach basic housing standards.  Read more here

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


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.



CHAMPION CANTERBURY  BUSINESS AWARDS – Entries & Nominations now open for the 2017 Champion Canterbury Business Awards. The Awards recognise and celebrate, excellence, best practice, innovation and creativity in Canterbury businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

They are a great opportunity for businesses to increase their profile, gain recognition and celebrate their achievements.  Nominate a business or enter your own now.

Little River Wairewa Community Newsletter Read here

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

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


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 –

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 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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