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Monday 2nd October

Little River Wairewa Community Trust General Meeting

Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm. 

At the Little River Service Centre, the back part of the Library.

Come along and see what community initiatives we are working on or learn more about specific projects. Email lrwctrust@gmail.com for more information.

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Friday 6th October

Pest Free Banks Peninsula Open Doors

Friday 6th October from 9am-4pm open hours

At Te Mata Hapuku (Birdling Flat Hall)

On the first Friday of the month for the next six months, John Williamson from Pest Free Banks Peninsula will set up his office at the Community Hall between 9am and 4pm. 

Anyone who wishes to speak or has questions for John about the work of PFBP, is welcome to stop by and chat to him during his office hours.


Saturdays in October

Barry’s Gentle Exercises

Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st October at 10-10.45am

At Te Mata Hapuku, Birdlings Flat Hall 

Barry’s Gentle Exercise consists of stretching and breathing exercises. 

Contact thestonestalk@gmail.com for more information.


Monday 9th October

Kaituna Red Cross Meeting 

Monday the 9th of October at 7.30pm

At Ataahua Reserve Hall

Email Karen de Pass at kowhaihills@farmside.co.nz for more information.


Wednesday 11th October

Sharing our Stories: Horse Talk for Horse Lovers

Wednesday 11th October at 7pm 

At Te Mata Hapuku, Birdlings Flat Community Hall

Local horsey people will share their stories about: 

Trekking, equitation, horsemanship and showing.


Saturdays 14, 21 and 28th October

Rock N Roll Lessons

Saturdays 14th, 21st and 28th October at 4.30-6pm

A partner and attending all lessons is great but not necessary. Young people are very welcome. Register at littleriverrockers@gmail.com


Until 23rd October

Little River Gallery ‘The Flower Show’ 

Until 23rd October, 9am-5pm

At the Little River Gallery – Main Road

Celebrating the season’s proliferation of vibrant blooms, The Flower Show is a timely homage to spring, interpreted by six New Zealand artists. Georgina Hoby Scutt and Harriet Millar are returning to our walls, along with four artists new to our space; Sharnaé Beardsley, Carrie Broomhall, Abbey Merson, and Carmel Van der Hoeven

Click this link: Exhibition Info


Sunday 22nd October

Little River Farmers Market is back for its 4th season. 

Sunday 22 October from 9.30-2pm
They have loads of new stall holders joining this year. Farmers Market Facebook page

There is still time to register a stall. Send them an email: littleriverfarmersmarket@gmail.com


Monday 23rd October

Better Birdlings Flat Garage Sale on Labour Day.

Monday 23rd October from 9-1pm

Around Birdlings Flat Streets, get a bargain, find that deal.


Saturday 28th October

High Bare Peak Community Open Day

Saturday 28th October 9-4pm

There will be a number of free guided walks during the day for locals from the Little River/ Birdlings Flat community. Guided walks are from 2-6hrs length, on the High Bare Peak land behind Little River Inn. Register for a walk, click here: www.highbarepeak.nz Also call in to Little River Inn between 10-12pm on the day for a cuppa and chat (no bookings needed for the chat!) to find out about their rewilding project.

Postponement date: Sun 29 Oct. High Bare Facebook event page


Saturday 28th October

About Mahinga Kai – UC student project presentation day. 

Saturday 28th October from 9-2pm 

At Te Mata Hāpuku BF Community Centre

Third year students in the UC environmental science program and Mātāpuna Kai course will have presentations and interactive displays of some of the research that they have been conducting on environmental issues affecting mahinga kai in the Wairewa Catchment and Ōtāwiri | Southern Bays. 

Come and see what kinds of projects are being run and supported by Wairewa Rūnanga to help biodiversity restoration efforts. Some information about the Tautoru Mautai indigenous reforestation partnership between Wairewa Rūnanga Orion Ltd will also be presented, led by project manager Tim McIntosh. 

For more info about the day, please contact Matiu Prebble matiu.prebble@canterbury.ac.nz


Sunday 29th October

Community Breakfast

Sunday 29th October from 9-12pm

At the Rugby Club rooms in Awa iti Domain.

A chance to catch up with friends, neighbours and family.

This is a free community breakfast that always has wonderful food and a great community turn out.  Special guests ‘The Western Valley’ band will be performing.

Supported and funded by the Wairewa Community Trust. All welcome.

Contact Sarah at lrwctrust@gmail.com for more info.

Little River Inn

Happy Hour is on Thursdays from 4.30-6.30pm.

“Saturday Sessions” where they mix up different live musicians & entertainment EVERY Saturday from 4pm to 7pm.  Check their Facebook page to see who’s playing: https://www.facebook.com/LittleRiverInnNZ/

Table Tennis

Every Tuesday at 6.30pm 

At Te Mata Hapuku, Birdlings Flat

In order to cater for all levels of ability they now have two Table Tennis sessions on a Tuesday evening.  Less experienced players start at 6.30pm. The session for better players starts at 7.30pm but come along earlier if you wish. Viv

Contact thestonestalk@gmail.com for more information.


Little River Food Bank – Need a bit of help? 

For a Food Box phone Fiona Waghorn on 329 0171 or 0221669523 and Heather Williams on 02102603292.  Absolute confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.  

Little River Trap Library

Every second Sunday of the month 10am-12pm.

Okuti Valley road before the Okuti Hall.

Free loan of traps for possums, stoats etc and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success. 

Contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: littlerivertraplibrary@gmail.com or grbakker@gmail.com



Civil Defense Info

There has been interest in the community about Civil Defense work.

The CDEM unit (Civil Defense) have volunteers and you can register to be a civil defence volunteer here:

Click on this link – https://ccc.govt.nz/…/civil…/volunteer-in-an-emergency/

There are two types of work volunteer teams do:

  1. Response team.
  2. Emergency support team.

Within each team there are both core and specialist skills which are taught formally and maintained during regular meetings, training and exercises. Please contact them directly to find out what is involved.

Photo Credit to Stuff: Timaru Civil Defense crew