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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:


Entries are being accepted  for  entries in the  Community Arts Council Inaugural Community Art ExhibitionUnlocked In Paradise to be held at The Old Post Office Sorting Room in Akaroa.

Any Banks Peninsula artist of any age is invited and welcome to submit their art for exhibition. From drawings to sculpture, poetry to music, we’re interested to see what Peninsula artists have created that reflects life after lockdown.  Please go to our website, download, complete and send back the ‘artist waiver & submission’ form below no later than 27th July 2020.

If you’re submitting poetry, a story or a musical piece, please send us a copy along with the form and a suggestion of how you’d like it to be presented or performed.  Please email for more details or call Lesley 021 527184
The exhibition  will open Friday 7th August 5.30 to 7.30pm, then open to view for three weekends – 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23 August 2020 from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day.  Free entry.

30 & 31 July – LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS – Akaroa Community Arts Council are so pleased to be able to continue with our 2020 arts workshops in Akaroa.

Our first one off the block is a two day Life Drawing session on 30th and 31st July, from 10 am to 4pm with an hour for lunch at the Presbyterian church hall, 39 Rue Lavaud in Akaroa. $80 for two days, $50 for one day.

All details on our website including a registration form.  or call Lesley 021 527184 for any further information you need.

13 & 23 August  – Winter Well Being Workshop “INDULGE” at Phytofarm, Okuti Valley, Little River.

In winter the workshop will focus on looking after yourself, it can be a vulnerable time with colds, flus and viruses. We will make products that warm and nurture you.   For full details go here

Contact Valmai phone  03 325 1314 email

You will also receive a workshop notes with plant profiles and the recipes of the products you make.

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:

 THE BONE DUDE’S BONE CARVING STUDIO bone-carving-studio 11 Poranui Beach Rd in Birdlings Flat is a “HANDS ON” carving studio, where you can make your own unique Bone Carving with a little help, in 3 hours or less.

No previous carving experience needed, just bring a sense of adventure and CASH!!!

Bookings are essential.

Session are limited to a maximum of 8 people but there’s no minimum, If it’s just you, that’s cool.

Phone  03-329 0947

david-at-work-300wDAVID IRVING – ARTIST design illustration artwork drawings and paintings.  Little River, New Zealand

Have retired to my art room and therefore am available again for art services as above. Pencil drawings water colours or digital media using photoshop etc.  Also art tuition.

Check my website for a few hundred examples. Cartoon work also. So if it’s a company logo or a gift for a friend or family member PM me or pop in for a chat. My art is better than my jokes.

STRUANSTRUAN MACDONALD – FINE ART – Landscapes.  “I am interested in painting landscapes particularly portraying remote, solitary locations.  Having lived most of my life in Otago and Southland, I have drawn inspiration from Central Otago with it’s craggy mountains, big skies, tussocks, crisp, clear air and schist outcrops.  To the west, Fiordland with it’s  misty mountains, waterfalls and beech forests provides endless inspiration.”

Viewings by appointment.  and at The Village Art Studio 4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road, behind Petrol Station, Little River               Contact Kath Macdonald             027 298 9288    website

SHELLY VAN SOEST – Artist – Okuti Valley Little River.






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