Community Notices

To  15 October. The Department of  Conservation gives notice of walkways that are closed for lambing.  Port Levy Saddle to Mount Herbert Shelter.  Monument Track to Mount Herbert Shelter.  Diamond Harbour (top road) to Herbert Shelter. Orton Bradley to Mount Herbert Shelter,  Gebbies Pass to Packhorse Kaituna  to the Packhorse Hut and Port Levy Saddle to the Rod Donald Hut remain open during lambing). Port Robinson Walkway Pigeon bay Track is closed from 15 July to 30 November.  Andy Thompson. DOC Operation Manager –  Phone 03 3419100

The Artisian Lab THE ARTISIAN LAB – Narielle A’Court opened her Little River Gift Store The Artisian Lab last Wednesday full of local NZ made gifts.  The shop  stocks hats, socks, gloves and capes made by “Wild: A Cosy Knitwear range ofThe Artisian Lab 1 wild wool and opossum  from Wainui Bay, Parry Soaps made from Colostrum milk and Manuka Honey, delicious  Honey  collected from the local Bays and surrounding Country Side of Banks Peninsula and Forsyth Gems and Glass her own handmade  range of jewellery and much more.
Her store is a collaboration of NZ Made Handmade products that are produced locally by people who are skilled in their field and produce quality products for you to enjoy. Pop in when you are next in town. You will find her behind the green hedge, opposite the Little River Gallery   at 4020 Main Road, Little River   Hours 10 to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday, 1 – 4 Monday and Tuesday.  Phone 021 041 6703

EATL8R MEALS – Heat & Eat Meals now delivered to Little River/Birdlings Flat – No matter what stage of life you’re at, having an Eatl8r meal (or five!) in the fridge is always a good idea. The perfect solution for a family run off their feet with a new baby, or for someone who is recuperating from an illness or injury, Eatl8r is a great option for a reliably delicious dinner.

A family business, the Eatl8r team strives to ensure that you enjoy each and every one of their meals. We work hard to provide the best service possible, with consistently delicious meals turning up at your door for a tasty treat at mealtimes.  To order go here

REFUGEE SETTLEMENT TEAM – Great news! I have been accepted by the Red Cross as a volunteer with their Refugee Settlement Team. I will be supporting people from the Horn of Africa who arrive in Christchurch in early October.

As you are aware, people fleeing war, famine and persecution have few possessions, so when setting up a home in our beautiful city, they will need a range of homewares and pantry items to provide a comfortable safe environment for their families.

I invite you to join me in welcoming these newcomers to New Zealand by contributing any surplus items you have from the attached list. I can be contacted in 0272750733 to arrange collection. You can also help by spreading the word and forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Many thanks
Me rongo / In peace  View list of Household Items required Homewares List


Safely dispose of unwanted batteries

Wanting to dispose of unwanted batteries safely? Check out the Christchurch City Council’s free battery recycling scheme available from 13 May 2019.

Why recycle batteries?

Batteries contain numerous components that are bad for the environment. If put in wheelie bins, batteries can potentially harm staff and members of the public. Batteries deteriorate if not in use and can become hazardous. Collecting batteries before they deteriorate means they can be recycled appropriately, saving valuable components for reuse and reducing the risk to people and the environment.

For more details please see attached or visit

Photo competition 2LOCAL WALKS – Little River has a number of local walks for you to enjoy. On a hot day walk in the shade up the Montgomery Track, or a shorter walk under the canopy of regenerating bush in the Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve.

More exposed walks are the Hilltop Hike from Okuti Valley Reserve to French Peak, Saddle Hill and the Te Oka Bay Walk downhill from Bossu Road. The Rail Trail can be hiked or biked in stages and a nice evening stroll would take you from Little River township to the Little River Hotel for a meal. An enjoyable evening out.

Pick up a brochure from the Little River Information Centre.

SWIMMING – Keys to the Little River School Swimming Pool are available to anyone in the Community  and can be purchased from the School Office for $60.00 plus a $20 bond.  email or phone 3251 004.

REPORTING  ISSUES TO THE COUNCIL – There are a number of ways to do this.  Go to the CCC Report Section here  You can continue to lodge issues by calling Council on (03) 941 8999, or visiting one of our Service centres.(external link)

or Report issues to Council from your mobile phone with the Snap Send and Solve Smartphone app.

The Snap Send Solve app works by identifying the location the photo is taken using the phone’s GPS data. It sends an email to the Council from your email address, including the incident type, notes, address of incident, photo, and contact details.

The report is then allocated to the relevant Council department. The more information provided, the better we can help isolate and investigate the issue.

Download the app and start reporting – Download:Apple(external link) | Android(external link)
If you are viewing this page on your computer, simply visit the Play store (Android) or the App store (Apple) on your smartphone and search for ‘Snap Send Solve’ to download the App.

Waste PreventionWASTE PREVENTION BANKS PENINSULA – has a Facebook Page.  Go HERE to read all the latest tips.  Waste Prevention Banks Peninsula is a closed group whereby BP residents can find out more about the soft plastics recycling trial, but more importantly how to work on reducing plastics all together. Run by waste prevention educator and Little River resident Sharon McIver from Our Daily Waste, this will be a space for people to ask questions and show off their own waste prevention tips and successes.

  Contact Sharon email or 325 1290/ 021 2516 123 to show your interest and with any queries


Metres is an online fundraising platform. We raise money for restoring the Banks of New Zealand’s waterways.  Our goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterways with native plants and trees.  The initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the Department of Conservation.  For further information go to the link here About Million Metres for project holders – 2 pager

INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS – we have a supply of these for loan if you need. Wheeled walking frame, over toilet seat, shower stool, walking stick, nonslip shower mat, sock aid, long handled shoe horn, foam air ring and foam cushion. Contact Virginia Phone 0272750733  or (at the end of August) Jo 3251 939

Little River Phone DirectoryThe new Little River 20181 Local phone directory is out. This year the proceeds 

go to the Little River Support group for People with Cancer here in Little River, that covers the area from the Hill Top to Kaituna. We are a group of volunteers that generate funds locally for residents who may have cancer.

We have a small fund which is available to provide some financial support for people with cancer or undergoing treatment by way of donations for petrol, meals and other needs. Inquiries to Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or  Please note we are not part of the Cancer Society their helpline is 0800 226 237.  However we are always looking for volunteers on Daffodil Day (end of August) to make marmalade and help on our stall in Little River.

The Directories are $10 and are available from the Little River Service Centre and the Craft Station for $10. 


Pre-retirement home Little River – Would anyone finding their present home and holding too large but wanting to remain in the Little River community for as long as possible, please phone 03 3434228  for an outline of a proposal for a retirement unit  build at Little River.  Developer is considering a 9 unit development with room for motorhome or caravans on 2ha lifestyle block and is looking for expressions of interest.  Unit sizes 40 and 50m2.  Price is not known yet but is expected to be around $200,000 for a shareholding in the company which will give exclusive use of a unit to the shareholder and the right to locate a caravan/campervan on a site without charge.  Craig Mason, 31 Corsair Drive, Wigram, Christchurch 8042.  Phone 03 343 4228. email

Double DutchDOUBLE DUTCH – Karin Bos and Tineke van de Heide are living the dream on Banks Peninsula. The registered nurses, originally from the Netherlands, are also volunteer firefighters at the Little River brigade, they breed horses and run a market garden that provides seasonable vegetables for the local community.

Listen to them speaking on Country Life on Radio  NZ  here

LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY – To listen to Allison Evans speaking on Country Life on Radio  NZ  about the Little River Trap Library, Pest Control and the Living Classroom concept in the Okuti Valley Reserve listen here

6 May – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER GYMNASTICS first term date.  Will run for 9 weeks. Spaces are limited so please email Rebecca at   Preschool class 2 – 4 years.  9.00am to 9.45am.  $3.00Primary A Class 5 – 6 years.  10am to 10.45am. $5.00.  Primary B Class 7 – 9 years 11.00am – 11.45am.  $5.00.


There are  two electric car chargers being installed in Little River.  Please follow the links for further information.

Little River Growers – are you interested in joining the Akaroa Farmers Market?

The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm in the Madeira Hotel car park in Akaroa.  You can go every week or intermittent days depending on what produce you have available.

Minimal charge is 10% of your takings up to a maximum of $20. Currently this charge goes back into the Akaroa community via Heartlands. If Little River area joins then they will discuss letting the money from this group come back to our community.

You can share tables if there are a few of you who have small amounts, which would decrease your travel and time.

There are tables and chairs available for customers to sit and eat if they wish. At the moment there are crepes and white bait patties.  An example of things sold is olives, smoked salmon, seasonal vegges, pickles.

If you want further info please contact Jan by email


Are you new to the area or have you a new neighbour or know of some one  who has just moved in to Little River.   Please contact Barb  on or  let us know on the “Leave a Reply ” area of the home page  with contact details  and  we will organise a Welcome to Little River Pack to be delivered.
We will need to know their name, address and when they moved in.
Email address would be good to if new resident would like to receive the Little River Community Newsletter and updates.    
 Neighbourhood Support

Tony Quigley is the Coordinator for Okuti Valley and Reynolds Valley his address is as follows –  175 Okuti Valley Road, Phone 980 1071, email 

  Join or Start a group 2016 edition

If you live in a different part of Little River  and  would like more information about a group in your area please contact Tori and/or Murray Peden Ph: 3251982  email 


Little River Rail TrailTell us about your experiences on the Little River Rail Trail.

The Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail Trust have provided a ‘QR code’ poster for Rail Trail users to provide feedback after they have done the trail. Scan the code on the attached poster or go to

Rail Trail Survey notice


DUCK SHOOTING SEASON OPENED 2 May and runs for three months.   A License must be obtained from Fish and Game New Zealand every season .  Restrictions  apply.


We have a small fund which is available to provide some financial support for people who have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment by way of  donations for petrol, meals and other. We are are a  group of volunteers that generate funds locally for residents who may have cancer from Kaituna, Birdlings Flat area, Little River up to the Hilltop.
Inquiries to Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or Mondays at Wairewa Heart 3251313.
Please note we are not part of the Cancer Society their helpline is: 0800 226 237.  

The Trust has just published its new walking resources which include the new website  which gives a complete overview of all the walks available on Banks Peninsula.

A hard copy reference book with the same information and three brochures giving details of walks in the Akaroa area. This is the first time that all the information on walks on Banks Peninsula is available to walkers in one place and we are all extremely grateful to Suky Thompson and the Rod Donald Trust for this huge undertaking. You can purchase individual copies of the brochures, an A4 size copy of the reference book or view a large copy of the Reference Book at the Little River Visitor Centre located in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station. Email . The Saddle Hill Walk just out of Little River is in the Greater Banks Peninsula Walks Brochure. $2.00 from the Little River Visitor Centre. Amazing 360 degree views from the trig Station at the top of the walk.

MetService Marine
Magnet Bay

Little River Wairewa Community Trust
Sarah Marsh, Trust Manager

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