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It's been a year of progress and partnerships in Lyttelton Community garden. Amazing new raised garden beds were built with a donation of port timbers from Lyttelton Port Company and funding from the Lyttelton and Mt Herbert Community Board.

We had an amazing day when we were joined by Willie and his helpers from South City Community garden who worked so hard with us to fill the raised beds with a huge trailer load of organic compost kindly donated by Living Earth as the process and excitement of building new soil to grow our future produce begins.

Wicking beds were built after our visit to Greening the Rubble in the glass house and we have had a successful trial during the summer months with the plants enjoying water even on the hottest days and with the addition of a new working bench and relaying of our beautiful mosaic path our glass house is ready to grow again.

We harvested our first crops from our new beds with heaps of potatoes and from the back of the garden we harvested over 50 gourds that were ably decorated at a Gourd decorating class held as part of the first Creative Sampler event.

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.

Community Grown Dinner


The Community-Grown Dinner, an event for which the diners themselves grow all the ingredients, has been a very popular event. We hope to run it again in March 2018.

If you want to be involved, start following us on facebook, and email Lucette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be subscribed to our newsletter.

Lyttelton Harbour Gift Vouchers - BUY NOW!


Available at the Lyttelton Information Centre in $20 denominations - a great way to thank someone or give a special Lyttelton gift.

Lyttelton Harbour Vouchers can be redeemed at so many local shops, eateries and bars, including Lyttelton Super Value and a few places around the harbour. Here is the full list.

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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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