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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

Our Projects

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Increasing social connectedness nd wellbeing. Find out how the Lyttelton Recreation Centre Activation Team has progressed with the restoring the Centre's place as a community hub here.  View the results from their community reserach into current and desired future use, here

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Our Summer Festival is 1st - 22nd Feb. Join us in  Lyttelton Rose Gardensfor outdoor film screenings with live entertainment, food and suitcase markets.


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 Lyttelton's biggest festival - a midwinter matariki party on our main street with fireworks, hot food, music and much more.


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 The beloved Lyttelton Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 10am til 1pm, with fresh produce, organics, meat, fish, eggs, honey, flowers, plants, preserves and baked goods. We also provide music and a community stall for groups who want to raise awareness or promote a charity.


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Four days a week local people and visitors flock to The Garage Sale, our local op-shop, which both upholds the principle of re-using goods and provides clothing, books, kitchen goods and all manner of other things for great low prices.


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We are serious - and playful - about managing and minimising waste in Lyttelton Harbour. Our Waste Matters Project works primarily at the Lyttelton Farmers Market, with the goal of reducing waste to landfill through various initiatives. 

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Our commuinty is a community gathering place to share ideas, to help improve community well-being and a place of beauty. It offers the opportunity for people learn to grow food and minimise waste and a place to share in the bounty of the nutritious spray free food from the garden.

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The LIFT library offers members over five hundred books on the transition movement, alternative currencies, sustainability and community development, economics, food, health, and relevant DVDs and magazines.


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The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival offers guided walks all over the peninsula during the month of November. The guides, all volunteers, bring a huge wealth of knowledge and experience which makes each walk a valuable experience beyond access to tracks, reserves and private land.


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Trade skills with other community members, get the weekly bulletin and get involved with other projects and events through the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank. 


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The 21 Day Challenge: local heroes are taking on a challenge in the area of waste, environment, wellbeing and food (for example to minimise plastic use or eat only locally grown food).


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 Members borrow tools and things and pay an annual subscription, sharing and supporting the community, reducing waste and consumerism.




Love Lyttelton

Like us on facebook for up to date news from Lyttelton and the harbour.

Most of our projects have their own facebook page. Search for the name of the project to like and follow it.

Free Film Screening with Lift Library

FRIDAY 8th JUNE 7pm at the Rec Centre (note the slightly earlier start than usual)
WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS  a documentary made this year; there is so much talk about this topic.
For the sake of the health of your body  ---- and of the environment   --  and of your conscience –
Know what you’re eating, and its effects. Consider moving to a wholefoods, plant-based diet.
This will arouse lots of discussion and maybe some disagreement.
Stay to chat over a cuppa. Koha appreciated, or Timebank credits to LIFT.

Apply for a stall

Please email for an application form.