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Monday 8th April

Little River Wairewa Community Trust General Meeting

Monday 8th April 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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LRBI input in April

Little River Big Ideas Community Consultation Dates in April

  1. Tues 2nd April 10-12.30pm. At Little River Service Centre, morning tea is provided.
  2. Sun 7th April, during the event, find the LRWCT stall. At the Giant Pumpkin Festival.
  3. Sun 21st April 2-4pm. At Birdlings Flat Hall

We are listening to you (Wairewa Community) about your ideas, dreams and aspirations for Little River in the future.

If you can’t make it in person, click on the link below and tell us what you think.  It only takes a few minutes and we take all of the feedback into account. Tell us what you think, survey.


Sunday 7th April

Little River Giant Pumpkin Festival

Sunday 7th April from 10.30am-3pm

At Awa Iti Domain, Little River

The pumpkin festival is so famous for their pumpkin pie and pumpkin displays of all kinds.

Come along for delicious homemade foods, a fabulous array of classic cars, live entertainment, kids country games, art & crafts and lots of stalls.

For more competition info go their their website here: Giant Pumpkin Fest website

Event info click here for their Facebook: Giant Pumpkin Festival Facebook page


Thursday 18th April

Sharing Our Stories – Birdlings Flat
Stephanie McEwin is a local musician who will be sharing her journey of writing, performing and recording her music with you.
She will perform an acoustic version of several tunes off her recently released EP “Cosmic Time” and a tune she wrote inspired by, sitting on Birdlings Flat Beach and heading home when it starts to rain….called “Starting to Rain”.
She will also speak about several ” Lady Sings the Blues” shows she has created and performed and shows she would like to do….

Little River Gallery – ‘Sempiternal Summer’ Georgina Hoby Scutt.

Thursday 4th April – Monday 29th April

At Little River Art Gallery in the village


Art on the Fence, new installment.

At the corner of Poranui Beach Road and Hillview Road, Birdlings Flat.

This is what Birdlings Flat artists have been creating over the past 5 months.On the day the artworks on the fence will finally be revealed to the public.

Come and check it out

ANZAC Day Commemorations

Tuesday 25th April 9.30am

At the Community Hall, Awa Iti Domain

The service will be followed by a procession to the ANZAC memorial where poppies will be placed.

Strengthening Communities Funding Applications Open.

This fund supports community-focused organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing in the Christchurch and Banks Peninsula area.

The fund will open on 4 March 2024 and close at noon on 12 April 2024.

Successful applicants will be paid after 1 September 2024.

Find out more about the funding process and eligibility here.



Wednesday 17th April

Board and Card Games

Wednesday 17th 7-8.30pm

At Te Mata Hapuku Hall, Birdlings Flat

Games sessions in the evening. Come along and play Scrabble, Tri ominoes, Trivial Pursuit, Cluedo, Five Crowns, Five hundred or any games of your choice. Session runs for about 90 minutes or until the games are over. Contact Viv and Jan from Birdlings for any further info.

Womens Bible Study 

Every Thursday morning 

At St Andrews Church on the hill, Little River.

Studying the gospel of John through Int. Bible Study Fellowship Study info click here

Enquiries to MaryAnn Bell 027 345 4429

Pilates Classes

Tuesdays 10.30am and 7.00pm

Bethany is a trained physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic health. Classes are suitable for all levels and everyone is welcome. 

Contact Bethany on info@bethanyford.com or 021733378 for more details or to reserve a place. 

Twilight Golf 

Every Friday from 3.30pm

At Jones Rd Kaitorete Spit

Members $5, Visitors $10.  Good food, great company and good prices

Kaituna Golf Club

Email kaitunagolf@gmail.com or phone Claire 027 4779425 or phone Richard 02188600

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



Living Streams Nursery

Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Wednesdays 9-3pm. Volunteers Wanted.

They are always in need of 1 litre pots only, and would appreciate any you can drop in to us. They do not use larger pots so please do not leave them. They do also use milk cartons if you have any of those.