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Annual Events

 

ANNUAL EVENTS  

AUGUST

float and field day 201726 & 27 August 2017 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY.  (2018 Date to be advised)

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

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email jilhewson@xtra.co.nz

www.radiofliers.org.nz/lake-forsyth


SEPTEMBER

Revival Clothing Poster newSeptember – Saturday – REVIVAL RUNWAY – A FASHION SHOW WITH A DIFFERENCE –   Little Rivers Annual recycled Fashion Show. (2018 date to be advised)

Only $5 per ticket, children free. Bring a plate to share, refreshments provided. Spot prizes and a new Refashion Runway category. Buy something from Revival Clothing and ‘Revive’ it for the runway. Just make sure you let us know and take before and after pics! 

Little River Community Hall at 7pm.

More information from redflaxnz@gmail.com or phone Heather 3251 259

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 prizegiving 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 for local teams only and we expect approximately 350 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.


Seniors Hui
October  – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River 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

NOVEMBER


community breakfast 1 November – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am onward at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Join us for a free BBQ Breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausages plus Berries and ice-cream and freshly flipped pancakes.  A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.

Pony Parties from 8.30 to 10.30am.

Showcasing the following local community groups.  Little River Village Plan, Little River Toy Library, Revival Clothing, Little River Fire Brigade.  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.    Community Breakfast Flyer


Banks Peninsula Walking FestivalBANKS  PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL 2018

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

The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 &18 November and 24 & 25 November. The event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.

You must register for the walks on Eventfinda here  Programme is on that page too.   The departure place will be emailed to you once you have booked the walk. Email adp@akaroa.com  Phone 0274197507 

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

DECEMBER

Carols poster 2017 (1)

December – Thursday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS at 7pm at the  Wairewa Marae, Christchurch to Akaroa Highway,  Cooptown.  Little River.

Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate to share for supper.

A combined Little River Churches Event Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.

Contact Christine Peters 3251 099


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. You are invited to come along with your picnic lunch and join in with the Vintage Car Clubs Annual New Year’s Day Picnic. Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.Contact Ron bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz


 LITTLE RIVER  A&P SHOW

Little River A&P Show Poster January  2019 – The Banks Peninsula A&P Association Little River Show is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local A&P shows, the annual event at Little River’s picturesque Awa-iti domain is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers, giving 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 Christchurch, the rest of Canterbury and beyond.

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

www.littlerivershow.org.nz

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. 


Drum Festival 201823/24 and 25 February – THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2018 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River.  Saturday 24 February 2018 1:00pm and Sunday 25 February 2018 9:00am . 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.  oFor further information on how to get tickets phone Marcus on 3251 014 go here 


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 


manderley-garden-festival17 & 18 March 2018 – Saturday and Sunday – MANDERLEY HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL10:00am to 4:00pm each day. 

Delight your senses with tantalizing taste sensations and visual delights at the Manderley Festival.  Browse 140 carefully selected boutique stalls with a clever mix of food, wine and craft beers set within the stunning grounds of Manderley gardens.

Experience the eclectic Manderley entertainment, programmed by Kate and Lei’lataua Limuloa, (runners up of NZ’s Got Talent 2013). With varied pace and tempo to suit all ages including ballet, circus performing, a singer and guitarist, and even tap and jazz dancing, it’s too good to miss. Maybe you prefer to wander peacefully and take in the breathtaking views.

Find your own little piece of paradise at Manderley come rain or shine. Whether it’s a relaxing day in the country, a family picnic or watching performances in the park, Manderley Festival is where it’s at.

A relaxing drive with something for everyone. Come, experience the renowned Manderley Festival.


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

 

Old School at the Old School Easter1 April – Easter Sunday –   OLD SCHOOL AT THE OLD SCHOOL – An afternoon of ‘old school’ dance music supplied by local legend DJ Defender.  Tug of war, Egg and spoon race, Sack Races and an Easter Egg/Bunny Hunt at 2.00pm.  A family Event. Open to all in the Community.  FREE!!!!

DANCE MUSIC.  Local DJ’s Defender, Matt, Demo Crew DJ, Litelicks vs Purple Stu. If you’re stuck for something to do on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon come down to Okuti Valley Old School for this free community event, organised by Love Little River. 1pm to 6pm.

Put on by the Love Little River Group.  Weather dependant – Contact Marcus on 3251 014 .    Event Sponsored by the Banks Peninsula Community Board and the Easter Egg Hunt by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust


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 childrens 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.   This year on Sunday 22 April 2018.

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


JUNE

THE bARK UP9 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 Sale13 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2018 – 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


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