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21 Day Challenge starts soon

21 day challenge


Lyttelton Primary students and general community will take on a new challenge this spring. Starting 30th October, they will commit to changing one behaviour for the good of the environment and their own health and wellbeing.

Run as "Spring Festival of Change" in 2016, the 21 Day Challenge recognises that most people are aware of and motivated to make changes which benefit the planet, but they are just too busy with life to get into the habit. Making a (public) commitment to stick to something for 21 days means there is a very good change they will create a lifelong good habit.

The challenge isn't supposed to be an exercise in extreme discipline or something out of your "tood hard basket." Make it something fun and creative, which you've been thinking about already and you can share with family or friends.

People have already made commitments to

  • speak te reo at least once a day for 21 days
  • write down something they are grateful for every day for 21 days
  • follow the climate diet for 21 days

Last year, challenges included

  • walking in nature every day for 21 days
  • reducing car use over 21 days
  • reducing food waste for 21 days
  • eating only local food (grown with 100km of Lyttelton) for 21 days

If you want to get involved

  • fill out the 21DC form
  • join the facebook group
  • instagram #Lyttelton21DC
  • email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • join our email newsletter

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2017 Annual Report

Annual Report cover


The Project Lyttelton Annual Report for the financial year 2016 - 2017 is now available to read. We hope you enjoy having a browse through the report.


Repair Cafe #1

Project Lyttelton held it's first Repair Cafe in August, with help from three amazing young interns from Mahidol University, Bangkok. Our next Repair Cafe is scheduled for Sunday November 5th at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre.

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.

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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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