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POP UP PENGUIN DESIGN COMPETITION – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust is giving you a chance to create a winning design for our 2metre high Penguin statue.  Could you create a winning design for this Penguin?  Get involved by participating in our Penguin design competition.  You need to come up with a great new outfit to be painted on the Penguin.  The theme is Gateway to the Peninsula.

How to enter: Show us your best design,  click link for the templates, or collect a template from the Little River Service Centre,  fill in your details and scan to or pop your entry into the Pop up Penguin letterbox inside the Little River Service Centre

The winning design is to be painted on the 2metre high Penguin. The Penguin will be displayed on the main street of Little River as part of a Christchurch wide Penguin trail over summer. The Penguin will then be auctioned off to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.  Entries close 19 August.  Winner will be notified 24 August.

We would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. Email:

F’Aerial Arts Circus School Holiday and Term 3 Classes Enrolments Open Now!

Wednesday Term-time Classes, starting 22nd July – 3.30-4.30pm Kids 1 (5-8 years)
4.30-5.30pm Kids 2 (9-10 years).  5.30-6.30pm Tweens & Teens (11+ years).  Adults 6.45-7.45pm.  All levels welcome.  Kids $150 per term / Adults $200.  Enrolments essential.
Saturday Term-time Classes, starting 26th July – 10.30-11.30am.  Ages 5-10.  All levels welcome.  Parental set up/pack down help requested.  $150 per term*.  Enrolments essential.  *subsides available for ex-gym students, please enquire
‘Little Monkey’s’ Pre-School Classes – Term-time – Thursdays 10.30-11.15am.  Ages 2-4 years.  Parental involvement required.  $12 casual / $100 per term
Sunday Stretch ‘n’ Flex Classes.  4.30-5.30pm.  Ages 11+.  A blend of circus strength exercises, aerial yoga and yoga.
All levels welcome.  $17 casual / $60 for 4 weeks.  No enrolment necessary.
Please contact Treesa to enquire or receive an enrolment pack.  Phone: 021 278 1289.  Email:
Facebook: F’Aerial Arts Circus School
Instagram: faerialartscircus

KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS –  Each Sunday in July from 5pm.

Each child  under 15 can eat free with each  adult eating a main meal.  Children will be able to select their meal from kids meal options.  Phone Little River Hotel 03 3251 007 for bookings or further details.  Or just turn up.
Open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  3pm to late.  Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12noon to late.  Closed Monday.  Phone 03 3251 007   The Little River Hotel, 

GEMSTONE AND FOSSIL MUSEUM,  Birdlings Flat. Open 7 days a week.  Fascinating.  Gold Coin Donation. Contact Vince Burke Phone 03 329 0812.

Requests (2)REQUESTS – MOVIE AND MEAL MATCH – at Bernadette’s Retreat, 4511 Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.   
10 seat Boutique Cinema – request your movie and Bernadette will match a meal to go with it.
Bernadette’s Retreat, 4511 Main Road, Cooptown. Phone 3251 154 or 021 257 0592
Bernadette needs two weeks lead time from you booking.

AstronomicDelightsASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS – Join us to view the night sky above Akaroa. Friday & Saturday nights, 8.00pm-10.00pm. 10 inch Newtonian telescope. Heritage Park, 10 mins drive from Akaroa. Check with us for times and conditions, phone Craig on 027 3000 547.  Dress warm.  Charges: Children $5.  Adults when accompanied by a child are FREE. Children under 15 are free,  (in other words everyone is FREE)  phone 027 3000 547

 learningCHRISTCHURCH EVENTS APP NOW HAS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Help spread the concept of endless opportunity to children and young people!  How you can help To promote the app/website widely by distributing this information to:

  1. Young people, parents, teachers through your local networks
  2. Learning opportunity providers– asking them to upload the information themselves on to the website
  3. If you know of any local events or opportunities, please distribute and promote as appropriate

To download your free app, click here.


Enjoy a nice easy bike ride along the old railway tracks from town to Little River.

Stop off at Birdlings Flat, visit the Gemstone Museum and collect gems from the beach.

Finish up at the old Train Station at Little River and have a well deserved drink at one of the local cafes (dad’s shout!)

 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.

Scary Slippery MudslidesSCAREY SLIPPERY MUDSLIDES AND THE BIG SWING – $5.00 Per Child and $5.00 per caregiver (Required). Ages 5 to 13years.The Little River Camp Ground opens for kids who like the outdoors. Will our slides scare you? Come and find out. The Scarey Slippery slides are fast and you 80m in 5 seconds. They are back to basics fun, made out of plastic with water running down a steep slope. You go really fast and may even get a bit of “air time”. We recommend wetsuits which keep you warmer and make you go even faster. Try our Scary Giant Swing as well.

Get your friends together and visit the Little River Campground for a fun afternoon. It is a perfect wet weather activity. You could even stay in one of the cosy cabins and explore the native habitat including a 500-year-old tree. A quick hot shower is available for $2.00. Bring warm clothes, hot food and drink to keep you cosy, as you will get wet.

For a quick hot shower, the cost is $2.00. Bring a change of clothes and towel. 1pm to 3pm during Kids Fest.

For enquiries phone Marcus 3251 014 or email


THE CREATIVE DREAMING TRUST is Open for funding Applications.  Created after Kaite Hansen’s death, this is open for applications.  Throughout her life Kaite was a very creative person. She had a passion for arts, which inspired the dream to create a trust to help support children and young adults on Banks Peninsula to attain  their goals in any of the arts.  The Creative Dreaming Trust is open to consider applications from individuals for funding to help further their participation in  their chosen field.  Please apply to Pam Baird on 03 3251 917 or for further information and application form.





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