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Annual Events

ANNUAL EVENTS   

 

 

FEBRUARY


Waitangi Day 2018WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT OKAINS BAY-  6 February, 2019 – Wednesday – A family day at the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Highlights include a powhiri (traditional welcome), hangi lunch, children’s races, spot prizes and the paddling of our magnificent waka on the Opara Stream at 9.30am.

View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day include blacksmithing, bread baking in a traditional clay oven, black powder shooting, early printing works, sheep shearing, crafts, stalls and more!

Entrance Adults $10, Children $2 – Please bring cash. No ATM available.  Gates open at 10am. Powhiri (traditional welcome) commences at 10:30am.

Please phone the Okains Bay Museum for more details. 03 304 8611.


MARCH

SEAWEEK 3 – 11 MARCH 

Seaweek runs annually and this year from the 3 to the 11 March.  The Theme is The theme will be Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People

sea weekSeaweek in Little River will be celebrated on  11 March – Sunday – BIRDLINGS FLAT COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN UP and BEACH SCULPTURE COMPETITION – 1pm.  Come and join in this Community Event to celebrate Sea Week and make our beach beautiful.  Beach Clean up bring gloves, (some provided) – Meet at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre at 1pm.  Sculpture Competition – Create a fish Sculpture from the Beach Rubbish you find.  Sausage sizzle to follow and drinks for the kids.

Akaroa District Promotions has organised a large number of activities over this week.  Including competitions, Films, Worsley Exhibitions at the Akaroa Museum, Dolphin Talks  and Operator Specials on Cruises and Sea Kayaking Safaris.

For the full programme go here SeaWeek Events Poster 2018 FINAL.  If you would like to organise an event for Seaweek 2018 or get your school or community group involved please contact the National CoordinatorFor full details of all events go to   www.seaweek.org.nz 


Le_Race2019  Le Race– Saturday 23 March – 100k’s Road Race from Cathedral Square to Akaroa.

This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it’s all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B’s in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at. Go to website here 

Le race PetiteIntroducing Le Race Petite!!! This is the perfect race for those not quite ready for the full 00km traditional Placemakers Le Race course.  Starting at 8.05am in Cathedral Square, the course follows the same route as the full length race, but ends at Little River.  This event has all the same features as Placemakers Le Race including timing , spot prizes and entertainment at the Little River finish line.  (Must be 15 or over at event date.
APRIL

14 April 2019 – Sunday.  LITTLE RIVER GIANT COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL.  Each year the Little River Support Group organise the Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of visitors and competitors are attracted to Banks Peninsula from all over Christchurch, Canterbury and around the South Island. International tourists to New Zealand also enjoy the festival as they travel through Little River and stop to investigate.

The festival aims to be a family fun-filled afternoon in a stunning country setting. Entertainment including music and dance, competitions (such as children races, gumboot throwing, bottle stalls and chocolate wheels), country stalls and sideshows, food – especially the famous Little River Pumpkin Soup – and of course some amazing pumpkins.

There are some fantastic prizes on offer for all the pumpkin classes and competitions, plus a great prize draw. More details of prizes will be posted on this website nearer the day.  If you would like a stall contact Lyn Odgers email lynner73@hotmail.com or littleriverpumpkin@outlook.co.nz

Held in April each year.   Next  year on Sunday 14 April 2019.

www.littleriverpumpkinfest.co.nz


Thursday 25 April 2019 – ANZAC DAY

Anzac Day is celebrated in Little River with a Service in the Little River Community Centre at 9.30am followed by

a march to the War Memorial Gates for Wreath laying and returning to the Community Centre for Morning tea.

The Little River Memorial Boards are on permanent display in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station plus  a special Anzac display if anyone would like to come and have a look after the Anzac Day Service and Afternoon Tea


Drum Festival25 – 28 April –  SOUTH ISLAND RETREAT 2019KADODO DRUM AND DANCE SCHOOL NEW ZEALAND – Here it is!!! This amazing line up of teachers all in one spot! YOGA, MALAGASY SINGING, AFROBEAT, LATIN DANCE, NGONI AND OF COURSE:  WEST AFRICAN SPICE IN OUR MELTING POT.


Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity you wont get a chance to have such a diverse range of teachers/performers over 4 days in one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand. There is something for everyone.
Put some time aside for you! Book your plane, tickets, ferry tickets, get the convoy and come on down! We’d love to share this with you all.  At the Little River Campground, Okuti Valley, Little River. http://www.littlerivercampground.co.nz   

 email kadododrumanddancenz@gmail.com phone 021 026 809464.  www.kadododrumanddance.co.nz

JUNE

THE bARK UP June – Saturday –BARK UP – from 6pm at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Come along for a fun filled night that is not just limited to Rugby Fans or Farmers but for everyone.  There are prizes for the Best Barkers in a range of classes (Dogs and humans)  and for related contests  such as the Best Dressed Dog.

Refreshments and food will be available and entrants can register for the competitions on the night.

Contact  John Masefield email goughsbay@altra.co.nz   Entries can be received on the night.   The Banks Peninsula Rugby Clubs Annual Fundraiser.  This year they are fundraising for a Kitchen Extractor Fan.


Silverstream Bull Sale12 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2019 – at 2pm.   Silverstream hosts and annual on farm auction where this year we will offer 65 Charolais bulls and 15 Hereford bulls. The sale is always held on the second Wednesday in June every year.

This year’s sale will include our first sons of Palgrove  Headline  and Silverstream Jensen J19 plus more sons from Silverstream Geddes, Silverstream Evolution and Silverstream Frampton. We will also have more sons of the awesome Silverstream Evolution and our powerful Silverstream Frampton. Our Herefords will include the third crop of sons from Gay Olympus (Our fantastic sire we purchased off the Maungahina stud 5 years ago).

the second crop of sons from Gay Olympus (Our fantastic sire we purchased off the Maungahina stud 4 years ago).  Read more Here


AUGUST


float and field day 201825 & 26 August 2018 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY.  Public Event.

Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying from 4 flight lines.  You must have a current MFNZ Wings Badge.

Please ensure that you have a MFNZ wings badge to fly at this public event.  You are welcome to camp at the site, but you should be self-contained, as per the Council’s instructions. We have a NOTAM for 1200 feet.

Our sponsor this year is Hangar One and there are prizes and a raffle to be awarded on the Sunday lunchtime. A Buy, Sell & Exchange tent will be operating and there is food on site. Landing fee for the weekend is $12.

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email jilhewson@xtra.co.nz     www.radiofliers.org.nz/lake-forsyth


OCTOBER


takahe to akaroa relay6 October 2018 – Saturday – TAKAHE TO AKAROA ROAD RELAY – Celebrating 77 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prize giving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Waiwera Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. This year the event is the National Road Relay  and we expect approximately 800 athletes.  check website out here


Flower Power Garden TourOctober 2019 – Sunday and Monday of Labour Weekend –  LITTLE RIVER FLOWER POWER GARDEN TOUR  – $15.00 per person.  $9.00 Garden Club Members, Children Free.  Tickets available from the Little River Craft Station  phone 3251 320  (Open 7 Days a week.) or email littlerivercraftstation@gmail.com .Tickets can be purchased on both days.

14 exciting gardens and venues to visit.  Devonshire teas and refreshments.

Proceeds to the Community.  Tickets and  information contact Kath Brines Phone 3251 266  .  held bi annually


Drum Festival 2018October –  THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2019 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River. A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

Includes cultural drum groups from around new Zealand performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East & South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.  Featuring Takumi Japanese Drum Group, Doug Brush, Robert Koffie, Chitongo, Ra McCostie and many more.

The program will be a moving progression of concerts with different groups performing in unique locations in the bush, beside the river, in the shade of the walnut trees and at the local pub.

held bi annually


OCTOBER 


Community Breakfast snip28 October 2018 – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am to 12 noon at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Join us for a free delicious BBQ Breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausages plus Berries and ice-cream .  A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.

Pony Rides and animals to pet.

Showcasing the following local community groups.  Little River Village Planning Committee, Toy Library, Revival Clothing plus the Launch of  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.

If you are interested in having a display contact Barb lrwctrust@gmail.com


NOVEMBER


Seniors Hui 20184 November   – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River Wairewa  Marae.

Friends and Family,  Under 5’s and Over 50’s.

Lunch is $5.00 per person and includes tea, coffee and a selection of finger foods.

RSVP to Trish Manson o  03 325 1153 or Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust


Banks Peninsula Walking FestivalBANKS  PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018

The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 &18 November and 24 & 25 November. Fabulous walks available over the four weekends in November. Check out what is available and make your booking by going to the following link  https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/…/banks-peninsula-walking-fest…     Brochures are available at the Little River Information Station also.

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

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

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

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

Sponsors
Project Lyttelton .Little River Wairewa Community Trust.  Rod Donald Trust.  Christchurch City Council.  Rata Foundation.  Akaroa District Promotions

CAROLS 2018 December  – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS –  Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate for supper.  7pm at the Little River Wairewa Marae. Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.A combined Little River Churches event.  Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.  Feel free to phone

Kim and Christine Peters for further details 3251 099

LRCC 2018 poster 1


JANUARY

vintage car picnic1st January Monday BANKS PENINSULA VINTAGE CAR CLUB NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC at the Little River, Awa Iti Domain, from 11.00 am. The Cars will arrive from about 10am to 3pm.  Come along with your picnic lunch and check out  the lovely old cars on display.

Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Music by Mainland Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.

Enquiries to Ron Hassel 942 1105. bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz


Little River A&P Show Poster January – BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW – The Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Little River is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local shows, the annual event at the picturesque Awa-iti domain in Little River  is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

While still keeping with our farming tradition, this year’s show will also feature some of the regional hospitality personalities, in the Peninsula 2 Plate marquee, who have connections with the Peninsula. We have exciting regional judges from Twenty Seven Steps,  Civil and  Naval and 5th Street restaurant as well as our special star guest judge Simon Gault of Master Chef New Zealand fame. There will be a mystery box cook off using local produce as well as fabulous spot prizes and activities for the children.  So book the date, get your entries in, pack a picnic and bring your family and friends. ”

The Little River A&P Show gives them  the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from the rest of Canterbury and beyond.  Go here to plan your Show Day and get Schedules and book trade space.  Buy your Tickets on line or at the gate on the day. www.littlerivershow.org.nz   Plan your day here

Saturday  January 2019.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway

www.littlerivershow.org.nz


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