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WHAT’S ON IN LITTLE RIVER AND DISTRICTS  –  MARCH  2017 

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Nina Cook11 March – Opening of NINA COOKS EXHIBITION “OPENING” at the Little River Gallery.  Exhibition opens at 11am and you are invited.  The narrative/impetus for this series of works is deeply personal. Broadly, it is about a cycle of profound hurt to intense release.  Opening: to force an opening (to breach) through to Opening: to release and truly open up.

The exhibition runs through to the 5 April.

Little River Gallery.  Main Road, Little River.  Opening at 11am on the 11 February  All Welcome.  Exhibition runs through to the 8 March.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week.  9am to 5pm.  www.littlerivergallery.com.


Seaweek Displayto 15 March –Display at the Historic Railway Station  – MAMMALS OF THE OCEAN LARGE & SMALL – The Mighty Whale and the Hector Dolphin.  Compare the size of our oceans mammals with the life size model of Banks Peninsula’s Hector Dolphin and the Jaw Bone of the Whale on the display in the Waiting Room of the Little River Historic Railway Station.  Help decorate our Sea Horse. Display on Traditional Maori Eeling at Lake Forsyth in the Heritage Room at the Historic Railway Station. 

The DOC Art Competition has been judged.  All winners have been notified.  Click here to see the winning entries.  Entries have been laminated and are being used as place mats at Bully Hayes in Akaroa and some on display in the Waiting Room at the “Station” Little River.  Thanks to our Little River prize Sponsors.  The Little River Gallery and the Little River Craft Station.


13 March  – Monday – YOGA with Arielle 10 – 11am at the Little River Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome.  Cost$15.00 per class.  Txt Arielle on 021 1191922 for enquiries.


13 March – Monday –  1pm –   BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING –  Lyttelton Community Boardroom,  25 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton


Cruise Ship13 March – Wednesday   – CRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR MARCH  into Akaroa.  There will be 14 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for   on the 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 22, 23, 26 AND 30th.       Two ships in on the 8th. Why not take a trip to Akaroa or Wainui to see the Cruise Ships.  They look awesome in the harbour and Akaroa town is buzzing on these days.  Fun!!!

On these days there will be extra busses and traffic on the roads to cater for the tours the Cruise Ship passengers go on as well as the extra campervans and visitors to the area travelling around the Peninsula for Summer Season


Little River Wairewa Community Trust Logo14 March – Tuesday – DROP IN SESSIONS – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust willBig Ideas 1 running regular drop in sessions at the Little River Service Centre every Tuesday morning  between 10 and 12. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Trust or would like to find out more about our ongoing projects please feel free to drop in and have a chat with Robert (Chair) – Chair.LRWCT2015@gmail.com  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233 or Barb (Secretary), lrwctrust@gmail.com  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947


14 March      – Tuesday – Revival Clothing will be open at St Andrews Church .  10:30am till 4pm at st Andrews Church. Lots of fresh clothing on the racks so come along and say hi :)All Welcome.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171 waggie@xtra.co.nz


16 & 17 th March – BANKS PENINSULA DOG TRAILS – Western Valley Road, Little River.  Four Courses.  Hunts – Class 3 afternoons only Class 4 Mornings only.  Contact P Manson email  manson_nw@xtra.co.nz

18 March – Saturday – OLD SCHOOL AT THE OLD SCHOOL  – 1-6pm Okuti Valley Hall, Little River.
An afternoon of ‘old school’ music played by some local ‘old school’ DJs at The Old School, Okuti Hall. Saturday 18 March from 1pm-6pm…or a bit later. Old school games including tug o war and sack races. Bring along a picnic and refreshments for a family friendly afternoon. Koha appreciated to cover costs. Call Marcus on 325 1014 if you’d like to help out.

Auto Show18 March – Saturday – AKAROA  AUTO  SHOW – at the Akaroa Recreation Ground 10.30am to 4pm.
This is a special event with 150 invited cars. There are a wide variety of cars vintage, classic & new. This event showcases some of the best cars in Canterbury, McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Sponsored by Archibald Motors.
A fun day to suit everybody with a variety of cars. food and drink available. All proceeds from this event will go to the Akaroa Health Hub.
Emailgail@ribbonwoodfarms.co.nz or Phone 021 048 7003 or 03 337 0250 (Pam)

 to Sunday 26 March – LANSDOWN FESIVAL 2017 – A Festival of Narropera (narrated opera) presented by he Narropera trio and guests.  All performances are indoors in the Golden room of Lansdown House, 132 Old Tai Tapu Road.  Bookings now open through The Court Theatre Box Office in Christchurch.  For full details read more here  

18 March – Saturday – THE GRAND MAGOOZI  8.30pm  at the Hilltop Hotel

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.  Open all cruise ship days             www.thehilltop.co.nz


Governors Bay Fete19 March – Sunday – GOVERNORS BAY FETE – 10.30 AM to 3.30pm – Allandale Domain, Bamfords Road, Allandale.  Come along for a great family day out with some fun stalls, bouncy castle, grass sledging, etc.

Our local Fire Brigade provides a fun and interactive display. The Fete raises money for the local community and we are also very lucky to have the Sumner Silver Band play as part of the Sunday Bandstand Programme.

June Burney also provides some wonderful entertainment with her beautiful singing. We do ask for a donation at the gate to help raise community funds.

For details on running a stall or any other queries please contact Annabelle on either 0272224604 or email at firedragon1309@yahoo.co.nz.


19 March –  Basic Meditation Classes – Sundays fortnightly 3 – 5pm from 19 February.  Akaroa Meditation Temple.  No experience necessary. All Welcome.  $10 per class or $50 for the Summer/Autumn 2017 term.

Contacts Fiona Grace 0274 984 520 www.fionagrace.com and  www.southernlights.org.nz


LRYG Flyer Term 122 March – Wednesday – LITTLE RIVER YOUTH GROUP – What: A typical evening will involve a range of activities including games, music, bible discussions, prayer, food and of course a great bunch of young people.

Why: Little River Youth Group offers a place for young people to hang out in a positive environment and learn about God. Where: St. Andrew’s church, Upper Church Road. When: Wednesday nights, fortnightly, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Term Dates: Feb 8th & 22ndMarch 8th & 22May 5th.  Who: For youth age 10 to year 13

For more information contact Katrina 0226578440 or elizabethpeters@hotmail.co.nz


Tomo PosterJan1723 March  – LITTLE RIVER MEDITATION CIRCLE – Thursdays 9 & 23 February, 9 & 23 March and 6 April.  10.30am to 11.45am.

Registration Essential.

179 Breitmeyers Road. Cost $10.00.

To register contact Tomo Takaku on 021 049 8207


Waster - A global issue23 March – Thursday – WATER – A GLOBAL ISSUE EFFECTING NZ – Join Kim Hall and panellists in a stimulating discussion.  Lincoln University Stewart Building Lecture Theatre One.

Doors Open  6.30.  Event starts at 7.30pm.

Drinks and nibbles provided.

www.lincoln.ac.nz/kimhillevent


Le_Race25 March – Saturday –  2017 PLACEMAKERS LE RACE  – 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.

Le race PetiteLE 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.

Motukarara Races26 March  – Sunday – INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL MOTUKARARA RACES –  A relaxing day at the popular Motukarara Races is a fantastic way to enjoy a day out  with family and friends. Loads of entertainment. A family day out Gates open 10am – first race 12noon.  Ad u l t s $ 1 0 . 0 0 C h i l d r e n u n d e r 1 7 y e a r s f r e e .

www.banks-peninsula-tc.co.nz Other dates for races as below.  Sunday 26 March 2017.  Easter Monday 17 April 2017


27 March – Monday – 1pm BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING


31 March – 2 April- LIVING ECONOMIES EXPO -9AM on Friday to 5pm on Sunday  – held at Lyttelton.  http://expo.livingeconomies.nz


 APRIL

Unleash the Beast1st April – THE BEAST BIKE SHOW –  This is the first of an annual motorcycle bike show held in Little River.   This is tru bike hires grand opening and we plan on making this an amazing event so come check it out and enter your sexy two wheeled mistress (or mister).   In the next few years, it is expected to grow from a small event to something even more amazing as we celebrate our love for the two wheeled beasts with plans already been put together for the addition of a rally in 2018.

What is it all about you ask?   It’s simply love of our two wheeled friends with  Food, displays, music deals and prizes.

The BEAST bike show prizes with trophy for each class.   $40 entry fee per bike with:   British $300 total prizes.  European $300 total prizes.   American $300 total prizes.   Sports and Touring $300 total prizes ..  People choice prizes total $1000

Will be spot prizes from our many sponsors.   To register send,  name,  address.   Contact details and  And details of bike  To enquiries@truhire.co.nz


1 April – Saturday at 5pm. CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.  Visitors are most welcome. Mass will be lead by  Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Marie Couper will lead a worship time for the children.

Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa.


2 April    – Sunday – 5pm ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH – Church Services first Sunday of the month 5pm, Formal Service with Communion.   Third Sunday 5pm – Brief Family Centred Message followed by a shared tea. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.


3 April     – Monday 10 -12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING.Bruces Garden (2)

Bruce is working on getting the garden in shape for summer.  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


Little River Wairewa Community Trust Logo3 April  –  Monday –  The LRWCT Meeting 7.30 in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.  Items for the Agenda to  Robert (Chair) – Chair.LRWCT2015@gmail.com  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233, or Barb (Secretary), lrwctrust@gmail.com  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947. All welcome to the meetings.


9 April    – Sunday – 10-12noon. LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN. Allison   will be available to take your return traps, or loan you some new ones and to offer help and suggestions on using them. Open every 2nd Sunday in the Month. Okuti Valley Road up the Toy Library entrance at the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club. Phone Allison 03 3251 336


15th April – JOHN TOOGOOD (please book to avoid disappointment)  entertains at the Hilltop Hotel

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.  Open all cruise ship days             www.thehilltop.co.nz


​23 & 24 April – BANKS PENINSULA DOG TRAILS – at Grounds  Kaituna Hall, Christchurch Akaroa Road.  Four Courses  Hunts 1st day only Entries close 10am second day.


Kaituna Golf Club Men June 14KAITUNA GOLF COURSE –

The golf Course is open for casual players

Green Fees $15.00

6 Responses to Home

  • Adriana de Groot says:

    Congratulations on this great page and all the upcoming event information.

    I’d be interested if any of your readers has a photo of the old house & trees that used to be adjacent to St Andrews and the churchyard? Thank you!

  • Fr.Paul Shannahan says:

    Glynis – what a great service you are offering us all.
    Good on you and my thanks. L River adn beyond are alive alright but you reveal it to us.
    Fr Shannahan sm

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