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to 21 August  – ELEMENTAL –  Tiny and contained artworks that will tug at your heart strings and capture your imagination.  Create-Curate, Curious – Curios, Clusters, Creatures, Coveable – ElementalCollections, Exhibit – Elemental.


This exhibition features work by David Lloyd, Blanche Fryer, Lee-Ann Dixon, Anthony Savill and Jane Downes.  The exhibition runs through to the 21 August.

Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

NEW DISPLAY AT THE HISTORIC LITTLE RIVER RAILWAY STATION  –  if you’re interested in the history of forestry on Banks Peninsula check out the new display in the Heritage Room.

Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo newEach Tuesday – Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator for the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon. If you would like to know more about the work of The Trust and how you could be involved or how the Trust could help you with your own community project idea pop in and have a chat with her. If you know of any new residents to Little River contact her and she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them. Email

Community Board Newsletter July19 August  – Monday   – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12.30  Little River.   Check out what the Community Board have been doing in  their  July Newsletter HERE

Agenda for meeting here    August Newsletter read here

The Little River Coronation Library will receive a new lease on life thanks to a Community Partnership Agreement between Council and the Little River Wairewa Community Trust Board.CoronationLibrary_143303

Once restored, this community heritage building will be used as a base for a range of community activities.

Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,

Inspiring Communities19 – 20 August – Monday – Tuesday –  Inspiring Communities is really excited to be co-hosting a new 2 day workshop focused on evaluating community-led change with the very awesome Kate McKegg from DEI in Christchurch, August 19-20th.

Our August workshop follows on from the highly rated, sold-out “Unpacking Developmental Evaluation” workshop we piloted with Kate in Auckland last year.  We built on participant feedback to expand the session and intentionally bring together both evaluation and community-led development tools, frameworks and practical supports for those working in community-based change contexts.  We want to do all we can to help communities authentically tell their stories and demonstrate their success.
Venue: McFaddens Centre, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8052.   Monday (9.30am – 4.45pm) / Tuesday (8.45am – 4.00pm).  Cost: $200 +GST (not for profit organisations) / $595+GST (central and local government, business, community funders).  To register go here     See full posterMaking-Sense-of-Community-led-Change Flyer August 19-20th 2019

Badminton21 August  – Wednesday – Have you tried Badminton yet? It is great fun and good for agility and fitness. Starting 1st May in LITTLE RIVER at the Community Centre, Western Valley Road.

All equipment is supplied. Even some friendly tutors willing to share their skills. Beginners welcome. 7- 8.30pm.  $5 casual fee or $50 May until Sept.

Contact Simon to Little River contact her and  she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them.  Email

22 August –   – Thursday –JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SERVICE – DROP IN SESSION AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY .  11.00am – 12.30pm .  Val Peak will be holding the JP drop in sessions each Thursday .  Bookings are not necessary

Forsyth 2019 124 – 25 August – Saturday and  Sunday – FLOAT AND FIELD DAY – LAKE FORSYTH – Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying.  Buy Sell and Exchange MFNZ Wings Badges required.

This is one of the largest RC model flying events in the country. We typically get 80-90 pilots attending and many more models. The event is over two days and there is camping available, but it is advised that you have self-contained accommodation on site. The area is a CCC park and reserve and so we need to obey local bylaws concerning the way we use the site, including care with rubbish, local wildlife, no dogs, health and safety etc. We run the event primarily for the enjoyment of the fliers and we ask that they have their MFNZ Wings badges and current membership to cover things such as safety and insurance. Public are welcome, but we do not advertise the event in the wider community, largely because we do not want it to become too big.  For full information go to the following link Forsyth, 2019 adv.

Cheese Making Course24 August – Saturday – Artisan Cheese Making Workshops in Little River – Dates:       Saturday 3rd August.     10am – 2pm,  and Saturday 24th August

Fun and interactive day.  Learn how to make cheese at home using everyday kitchen equipment.  Workshops are run  on an informal basis for small groups.  A light lunch is provided , with a selection of cheese to taste.  Participants take home samples of previously made cheeses, list of suppliers and recipes.  A small selection of cheese making supplies will be available for purchase on the day .  Full details go to information of following link.    Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop 06.07.19 

Cost is $90 per person including lunch. Venue Okuti Valley Hall .   Contact: Kath Macdonald,                 Little River Creative ,                 Mobile 027 298 9288.                  Email 

Weaving ClassesWEAVING SCHOOL IN AKAROA –  Classes starting August 24 then weekly until 28 September. We are very excited about this! Master Weaver Ngaio Tuari, our Kaiwhatu, will guide us through the traditional methods of gathering the haraheke, preparing it for weaving, dyeing and working it into kete and other useful or just plain beautiful Maori objects. Who needs plastic bags when you can take a kete shopping! Any skill level welcome.
$299 for the full course or $55 per casual class.

A scholarship is available for this course.  To apply, please email us at with a short description of why you’d like to take this course and why you think that you would benefit from the free place. for full information on our winter programme or call Lesley 021 527184

Living Streams Emblem sign24 August   – Saturday – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  The Nursery has a number of plants to clear.  Check out what is on offer in the Autumn promotion newsletter living streams nursery promo3 Contacts Annelies (phone 021 1082161 or email or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or 022 1669 523


 2Plant for the future5 August –  Sunday – PLANT THE FUTURE – The Okuti River Project invites you to help from noon to 3.00pm. Meet at the Okut Valley Hall for Hot Soup from 12pm.  Planting from 1pm just up the Road.

This is stage II of a five year project.  Come and see how the project is progressing.  The kids will love it.  Bring gumboots, spade and gloves.
To read the presentation Alison and Marcus presented to ECAN go to the following link The Okuti River Project (2019)
Contact Alison or Marcus

Little River PLaycentre Quizz night30 August – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT – Time – Doors open 6.30p.m. for 7.00 p.m. start.  Where – Little River Community Centre.  Entry fee of $60 per team (Maximum of 4 people per team).  Auction and Raffle to be held on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won. Supper will be provided and cash bar available.  Delicious light meal options are also available to pre order, or limited availability on the night:  – $30 Antipasto platter (for 4 people) veg and gf option.  – $15 Pulled pork and slaw soft tacos, gf and low carb option.  – $15 Spinach a feta spanakopita. Please register your team and order meals by email to or contact Rebecca on 021 1708983 for further details.  For $10 you can sponsor a question please email for details

sWING INTO SPRING31 AugustSaturday – SWING INTO SPRING – Neill Pickard and his very popular band returns to The Gaiety for our event of the year!   The Gaiety Trust invites you to Swing into Spring with your friends, dance with the band and enjoy the performers.

BYO drinks, supper platters will be served. Dress from your favourite vintage is optional.

For tickets, table bookings and info call Dale 03-3048900

100% 0f your ticket purchase ($75) goes straight to the Akaroa Community Health Trust for our new facility.

Winter Hours for places to go for a meal in Akaroa and Little River.  Akaroa Eateries Winter Hours 2019

Ji ItsuLITTLE RIVER JIU JITSU CLUB – Thursday  – 4.30pm for juniors and 6.30pm for seniors and it’s back to the beginning ideal for new comers.  Contact Mario Downes 3251132 or 022 4249227 for further details.

Jiu Jitsu is a very old Japanese martial art originally developed for hand to hand combat in battle and has changed and evolved over the centuries.  In the heat of battle the sword was the first port of call for the samurai and hand to hand combat second.  Now in today’s world a lot of the traditional technique is still practiced along with technique to suit more modern times.

Read more here

Logo-COGS-1_200wCOGS – Community Organisation Grant Scheme – Local Distribution Committee elections are happening

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Local Distribution Committee (LDC) elections. Nominations close Friday 30 August 2019. COGS provides grants to non-profit community organisations delivering community-based social services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

This maybe for you if you:            ·        would like to contribute your experience, skills and knowledge to support your community? ·        have a good understanding of the needs of your community? ·        want to see good funding outcomes for your community? ·        would like to be involved in deciding where to direct Crown funding in your community?

Voting for LDC members will be made by community organisations from Monday, 23 September to Friday, 11 October 2019. The elections results will be announced in late October 2019.

You can read more about LDC member role and responsibilities, and the LDC election process at or phone Trish Hughes on 027 557 1046 or by email or  phone Julia Cleland on 027 557 1116 or by email


Fathers Day High tea1st September – FATHERS DAY HIGH TEA – Pigeon Bay Hall.  11am to 3pm.

Celebrate your family on Fathers Day with a delicious organic High Tea.  Fresh Scones, a selection of sweet and savour baking and a pot of tea enjoyed in the beautiful  Pigeon Bay

High Tea $20.  Cream tea $12.00.  Kiddies $8.00

Contact Debs for bookings or o3 304 6708

Anglican Church1 September      – Sunday – 5pmST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. Formal Service with Communion with a shared meal.     Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Flower Power Garden TourLITTLE RIVER FLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL 2019.  Looking for gardeners happy to open their gardens to the public for this event. The Garden Trail will be held on the Sun & Mon of Labour Weekend (27 & 28 October)  from 10am-4pm both days. All sorts of gardens from the manicured to the wilderness are welcomed. Weeds are fine (though perhaps not illegal crops). Proceeds go back into the community.

Any queries or to let me know you’re interested phone Kathy  3251906 

Little River CommunityTrust Logo new2 September  – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre. All Welcome. Items for the Agenda to Secretary/Coordinator

4 September  – Wednesday –   10.30am – Country Living Outing.     Otahuna Lodge gardens, 224 Rhodes Road,Tai Tapu.  Lunch at the Bicycle Thief, 136 Old Tai Tapu Road, Kennedy Bush.  Cost $20.00pp Otahuna Lodge.  Reply by 28 August to Mary email

The elegant Victorian guesthouse is set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano. Otahuna was once the largest private residence which has now been revitalised with luxury accommodation. The Head Gardener will give us a guided tour of the grounds and the history of Otahuna.    Reply to Mary by 28 August .   email

Art workshopLearn from a master tutor over four weekly sessions with Akaroa Community Arts Council.  Classically trained in Holland, Siene is one of our most respected and successful working artists on the Peninsula. Oils are his passion.
All skill levels are welcome, with a limited number of students, Siene is able to work the room and give everyone the tuition they need. This is a rare treat!
September 5, 12, 19 and 26, thursdays, 10am to 4pm with an hour for lunch.
$270 for the course, $70 per casual class.
$30 extra for a ten tube box of Pebeo oil paints for those who need paint, all other materials included.
Please go to our website,
Click onto Oil Painting, you will find our registration form – fill it out and send to to register or call Lesley 021 527184 for further information.
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5 September    – Thursday –JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SERVICE – DROP IN SESSION AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY .  11.00am – 12.30pm .  Val Peak will be holding the JP drop in sessions each Thursday .  Bookings are not necessary

Living Streams Emblem sign7 September    – Saturday – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  The Nursery has a number of plants to clear.  Check out what is on offer in the Autumn promotion newsletter living streams nursery promo3 Contacts Annelies (phone 021 1082161 or email or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or 022 1669 523

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY8 September   – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting theRat Trap wildlife around your property? Then come and visit our famous Trap Library based at the Okuti Valley.
We have traps and lures for all sorts of pests and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success.

To help control rats loan a Good Nature trap that automatically resets itself.

Contact Alison on 3251-336 or Geoff Ettrick on 3251-332 for more informationTrap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance)  of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club. 

8 September   – Sunday at 5pm.   CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Sunday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.   Visitors are most welcome.   Father Geoff Gray, Parish Priest from Akaroa has been sent over to Hokitika for 3 months from 11 August.  Apparently we will not have a Priest available to say Mass this coming Sunday at 5pm (second Sunday of the month).  Fr Simon Eccleton will be celebrating Mass at Akaroa at 9.30am on Sunday morning.  There will be visiting Priests coming to Akaroa to celebrate Mass each Sunday, so we will make sure that Little River will be covered on the 2nd Sunday next month.

The Great Kuru Cpunt20 – 29 September – THE GREAT KERURU COUNT –   Join in the fun and make a difference.  20 September to 29 September

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. This project depends on as many people as possible getting out and about gathering data on kererū. Each year the number of people taking part grows, and last year kererū were voted Bird of the Year, proving just how much New Zealanders love kererū.

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count. Whether you see any kererū or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where kererū live, how many kererū there are or aren’t, what they are feeding on, and most importantly how best to protect them. So far New Zealand citizen scientists have contributed to a total of 34,961 observations. In another few years, Aotearoa will have a statistically robust open-source data set on kererū. This data will be used by scientists at Victoria University of Wellington and elsewhere to improve conservation outcomes for kereru.

seed swopMonday 23-Saturday 28th September – The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap is coming to Little River Library – .

Do you have any home-saved or bought seeds to donate to the community? Drop them off at Little River Library and we’ll put them out for everyone to share (either full or part-packets).

This event is for everyone, so don’t worry if you don’t have any seeds to share this year – you might next year.

We welcome vegetable, herb, flower, native and heritage seeds – and you can also bring in  any spare seedlings you have potted up.

Seeds and plants can be dropped off before or during the Seed Swap week. For further information, contact Catherine and Geno at the Little River Library.

Thank you and happy gardening!

Singing Workshop29 September – MARIE ISLAND MUSIC – SINGING WORKSHOP –  11am to 2pm at the Okuti Valley Hall.   Discover and unleash your own unique voice through fun and interactive singing exercises.

Learn basic fundamental breathing techniques, warm ups and range exercises.  Enjoy a sing a long for practising your new singing tips and techniques.

To book phone Marie 0211 309 9235 or Sue 03 3251 301 or email

Price $60.00 (early Bird $48.00 if deposit made before 15th September.  Includes Light Yummy lunch.

bakingTIMEBANKING IN LITTLE RIVER – People in the Little River area have gardeningbeen offered a fantastic opportunity to become a Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Time bank. This means we can trade time credits rather than money for services, products, and equipment. Learn more about Time Banking at Little River Contact Virginia Phone 027 2750733 or Sandra Tuckwell phone 3251 970

TRevival Clothinguesday – Revival Clothing  –   Open each Tuesday and Thursday  10.30am  – 1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River. Contact Heather Williams  Phone  3251 259 or Contact Fiona Phone 3290171 or email     Revival Clothing also have a stand in the Waiting Room at the Historic Railway Station.  This is restocked regularly and is available 7 days a week whilst the Craft Station is open.

Revival Clothing also run the Little River Food Bank.   Need a bit of help?? For a Food Box Phone Pam Baird 3251 917 or Fiona Waghorn 329 0171.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.

For Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bags contact Heather Williams home 3251 259

Craft Station Produce StandCRAFT STATION, INFORMATION SERVICE AND  PRODUCE STAND – Selling local produce.  If you have any produce you would like to sell through the Produce Stand, contact the Craft Station member on duty to find out details or phone 3251 320.

New display at the Little River Railway Station  –  if you’re interested in the history of forestry on Banks Peninsula check out the new display in the Heritage Room.

Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

The Craft Station is located in the Historic Railway Station Building on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm. The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy

AkaroaFrenchFest2013-2607smaller11 October, Friday  to Sunday 13 October – FRENCH FESTTo be held on the last weekend of the school holidays in October. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori)  at the Akaroa Frenchfest. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music and roving entertainment. On Saturday enjoy the living history reenactment on the main beach, the parade and official flag raising and the market stalls and activities all day. Saturday evening we have a ticketed cabaret. Sunday day is being developed so keep an eye out for progress. The programme is coming closer to the time. To  register a stall   go here

21 December – Community Dance – Little River – Save this date – further details to follow.

Postcard photoUPDATE ON POSTCARD STORY – I had a message from a Marnie Walters who whose fathPostcard photo 1er had bought a postcard for her from a collectibles store in Rotorua about 25 years ago when she was a horse mad little girl and convinced her Dad to buy it for her for the picture.

She loved how the postcard tells a story with a few words. The postcard is postmarked 22 December 1908 and is addressed to a Miss Letitia Heyward, C/- Heyward, Coach Road, Little River.

The notice was put on and also sent out in an email newsletter and we got a reply from our local historian Kathy Bisman. Letitia Marie Heyward was born in 1896 and came from a large family with three brothers and two sisters. She attended Little River Side School which was halfway up Coach Road to the Hilltop, then Puaha School which the Little River Side School building was shifted too and is still there today being used as a home. In both cases she would have ridden a pony or horse to school. The family shifted to Christchurch and in 1928 Letitia married Walter John Sutherland. Letitia died in 1974 and Walter shifted to Rotorua about 1984 and he died there in 1985 so that would by why the postcard ended up in Rotorua.

Letitia and Walter had two daughters (Patricia Marie & Shirley Letitia. With the leads from Kathy I looked in the Christchurch Telephone Book and result found Shirley Letitia and yes she was a direct descendant of Letitia Marie Heyward – her daughter in fact.

Marnie will be contacting Shirley to return the postcard to the family. Thankyou Marnie and Kathy for making this possible.


Kaituna Golf Club Men June 14KAITUNA GOLF COURSE –

The golf Course is open for casual players

Green Fees $15.00

7 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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