Coming up
CCC News
Surf & Tides
MetService Marine
Magnet Bay
Camping Map
Big Ideas
Trust Aims
To promote the sustainable development of the Lake Wairewa and Southern Bays catchments, plan, fund, develop and establish facilities which contribute to the social, cultural, environmental or economic wellbeing of residents or visitors to that area'.

Big Ideas


CoronationLibrary_143303The 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.

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


CongratulationsCONGRATULATIONS To the Little RiverWairewa Community Trust for their hard work and community spirit in cocreating the Community Plan for Little River and continuing to advocate for Little River and Cooptown.  Christchurch City Council won the NZPI Nancy Northcroft  Supreme Practice Award and the NZPI Best Practice Non Statutory Planning Award for Supporting Community Led Planning and Placemaking

The Best Practice Award for nonstatutory planning was presented to Christchurch City – Council’s Urban Design, Regeneration & Heritage Unit and Community Support, Governance & Partnerships Unit.  This award reflects the comprehensive and exemplary approach taken by the Council to enable and support communityled planning and placemaking like the Little River Big Ideas Community Led Plan.


The Little River Wairewa Community Trust in consultation with the Little River Village Planning Committee, The Little River Railway Station Trust and the Awa iti Domain Board,  has presented a Submission  to the Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan.  To view  the submission go to the following   The Little River Wairewa Community Trust Long Term Plan Submission April 2018 final to view the Power Point Presentation look at the following Little River Wairewa Community Trust PowerPoint Presentation for LTP Submission April 2018 final

The Little River Community have advocated strongly through the Little River Big Ideas  document that Little River and its immediate surrounds needs attention in terms of infrastructure improvements, facilities and amenities for the well being of residents and visitors alike.  They seek that funding be set aside over the next ten years through the Long Term Plan to bring the following key projects to fruition.

BIg Ideas concept plan

  1.  Drainage and Flooding.   
  2.   SH75 Traffic Calming, Parking and Streetscape Improvements.
  3.   Town Centre Improvements (Children’s Playground/Recreation Park.)
  4.   Craft Station Environs.
  5.    Walkways and eco trail. 
  6.   Health and Recreation Facilities.
  7.   Wastewater Treatment.

We are looking for people who would like to be involved in any of the above projects.  Especially anyone with a special passion or interest in any one of the projects to help drive it along.  Any comments or expressions of interest in the Long Term Plan Submission can be emailed to or  LRWCT Secretary,

Town PlanningBIG IDEAS VILLAGE PLANNING MEETINGS have been held in   the meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre at 6.00pm over the past 18months.  At present meetings are on hold but if you are interested in progressing one of the projects or being involved in any way contact  Alex Lee phone 3251 002 or mobile 021 0833 4646 for further information.



Members of  the Little River Wairewa Community Trust put a lot of energy into making a presentation to put a submission  into the CCC Annual Plan Process for the Town Centre Plan for Little River.  This includes  a Community Facility, a Medical Facility and a Freshwater decontamination/wastewater unit.Big Ideas 1

 Mac Burch the Chairman and supporters travelled into Christchurch to present this.  This Monday 12 June at 1pm Mac will update the Banks Peninsula Community Board on progress.  This meeting will be held in Akaroa.

Updates of progress and contact name  of Groups that will need to be formed to progress the many projects that will be needed to fulfil this plan  will be posted here for your information.

View the Submission presentation here

Please contact  Vanessa Mitchel –  Fiona McLean Secretary,    if you have any queries or would like to be involved.   A drop in Session is held in the Meeting Room of the Little River Service Centre each Tuesday between 10 and 12 noon.  You are welcome to call in.



Scoping document for Little River

Scoping Little River Issues and Options 1 Oct


Town Planning – Minutes LRVPC 27 July 2017

Town Planning – LRVPC Plans

Copyright © 2012 by Bryan Morgan for the Little River-Wairewa Community Trust