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Kiwi community BBQ to end summer

Lyttelton SummerFest offers a traditional kiwi hang out, the afternoon and evening of March 5th at The Grassy. Bring the whanau, some kai BBQ posterand your togs. With DJ's, games, a bouncy castle, local beers and the pool just next door, The Big Whakaraupo Lyttelton Community Barbeque on the Grassy is going to be a relaxing and fun community event for everyone.

Come down and enjoy your favourite BBQ food with friends and neighbours. BBQs will be provided (including a vegetarian-only BBQ) for you to cook on and we will be selling delicious and refreshing Cassels & Sons and Eruption beers at the bar as well as a selection of wines. There will be no BYO at this event.

Thanks to our wonderful team of TimeBank volunteer lifeguards, the pool will be open during the afternoon. Entry is by koha and money raised will go towards the running of the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank.

Music will be provided by local DJs JB Revivalist, Scotty Rotten, Jules Marchant, Emily Sultan and Ros Dixon.

Ferrymead Heritage Park will be running traditional games for all ages.

Lyttelton SummerFest 2017 programme out now

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The SummerFest goal is to bring people together through the arts, music and broad appeal social events. We also list other community events in the programme to help promote all the wonderful things that are happening in our community this summer.

There are two new events in the SummerFest this year – a traditional kiwi community BBQ at The Grassy, and a day of creative taster workshops, offered by some of our amazing local arts and crafts people. We'll have the fifth Strange Bedfellows at Lyttelton Arts Factory, with a whole new group of artists mixing it up together and presided over by the inimitable Viktor Kropotski.

Click here for a downloadable pdf of the SummerFest 2017 programme

New Farmers Market bags available

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A new ethical bag is now available at the Lyttelton Farmers Market. Beautifully designed by Steven Junil Park, the bag is made by New Zealand company Freeset. Here is their story:

For hundreds of women who were trapped in India's sex trade, working forFreeset brings freedom from a life that robbed them of dignity and hope.

Freeset is in the business of restoring what has been stolen. Women are given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in a caring community. Making this product is part of a woman's journey to freedom. To her friends and neighbours among the thousands still trapped in porstitution, she is a symbol of hope.

The bags are available for $25 each. By buying reusable bags, you not only support the work of Freeset and the Lyttelton Farmers Market, you are also reducing waste and setting an example by saying no to single-use plastic bags in our community. 

2016 Annual Report

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The Project Lyttelton Annual Report for the financial year 2015 -2016 is now available to read. We have taken a different approach this year, with a visual presentation of statistics matched with an indepth story from each project. We hope you enjoy having a browse through the report.


What's happening at Collett's Corner?


Lyttelton Community has been lucky to have the interim use of a large piece of vacant land where the Empire Hotel and Pharmacy used to stand. This area was known in the past as Collett's Corner, after the chemist J. B. Collett, whose descendants still live in the area.

The current owner, Camia Young, is the founder of XCHC (Exchange Christchurch) in Waltham, described as “a place to cultivate a creative ecology by supporting people to develop their creative self.’Her dream for the site is to create a building with the local community. This will be different then other developments: instead of relying on private property developers and the Council to build the town centre, this will be an opportunity for people to be directly involved in creating and investing in a building they want. It will be a multi-use building where local people will have the opportunity to invest in their town centre’s commercial real estate at the same time as have a say in what is built. The aim is to create buildings in our local centres that respond to long term visions of what kind of places we want to live in and what kind of places we want to create for our children. The community will be invited to conversations starting sometime in the next year.

In the interim period before Camia's development can begin, she has offered for Project Lyttelton to facilitate the community's use of the site.

With seed funding from the Transitional City Projects Fund and generous support from many organisations and inviduals, especially Ros Dixon from the Harbour Bazaar, we have been able to remove the fences and make the site safe and accessible. It is used every Saturday for the Harbour Bazaar craft market and will be used during festivals and for arts and music events.

Aside from these events, the site is available and waiting for further initiatives and events. Do you have ideas and energy for other improvement and events at Collett's Corner?

Project Lyttelton will continue to support and facilitate the site's use. Each of Project Lyttelton's projects is run by its advisory group, made up of staff, a board member and community members who have expertise and passion for the project. Typically, each advisory group meets about once a month to make all decisions about the project. Would you like to be on the advisory group? Or use the site for an event? Or turn up for a working bee? Perhaps you would like to build a planter box? Or have plants to donate? What would you like to see at Collett's Corner? Can you help to make that happen?

Get in touch with Ros Dixon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Lucette Hindin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your ideas.

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Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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