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We are currently recruiting for one paid role and several volunteer roles:

• Management (Finance) role - approx. 10 hours/week. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and see advertisement below.
• Volunteers at the Lyttelton Farmers Market: set up 7am - 8am and pack up 1pm - 2pm on Saturdays. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Volunteers for The Garage Sale. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Volunteers for the Festival of Lights - check the TimeBank broadcasts over the next month.
• Tutors for The Creative Sampler on 17th June - short creative workshops. Contact TimeBank Co-ordinator Jill Larking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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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.

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. 

Takeaway Cups

Did you know?

  • no takeaway cups or lids are recycled in Christchurch
  • no 'bio' cups are recycled or composted in Christchurch (in fact these can jam the machines that take care of compost and recycling)
  • coffee cups make up the largest volume of waste in public rubbish bins

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So, join us in reducing waste. Purchase the New Zealand-made, barista-grade, Love Lyttelton cup at:

  • Harbour Co-op
  • Lyttelton Farmers Market Waste Matters stall
  • Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre
  • Outside Lyttelton? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

diamond harbour cupReusable Diamond Harbour coffee cups are now available. These Ideal Cups are designed and made in Wellington and the Diamond Harbour edition was designed by Diamond Harbour local Natasha Hawkins. 

Made from durable BPA-free plastic. The profit goes to helping Waste Matters' work in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. 

$15.00. To buy one: visit the Rubbish Whisperer's website (which will have these cups up soon) or send me a message. Also on sale at The Rough Diamond Cafe and Preserved Cook School and Eatery in Diamond Harbour and the Church Bay Store.

Find out more about our waste minimisation projects, here.

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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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