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Welcome to Project Lyttelton


Read the April 20, 2020 Newsletter - here


Responding to Covid-19

All Project Lyttelton projects are closed while we are at national Level 4 lockdown to contain Covid-19 with the exception of the Lyttelton TimeBank which is operating online and the Lyttelton Community Garden where people are welcome to wander maintaining 2m social distancing.

We will be doing more regular newsletters during this time so feel welcome to sign up, or follow our facebook page.

Take care and stay safe everyone - we will get through this together.

We are putting safety first with all our projects and we will update details when we are able to move to lower levels of restrictions. 



Our volunteers are staying home, your donations need to stay home too. We appreciate the generosity of the community in supporting this resource for everyone and will let everyone know when the garage sale resumes. Thank you.


Acting with love



Margaret Eleanor Jefferies MNZM

27-12-1944  -  13-01-2020

Project Lyttelton Chair 2003 - 2020

In honour of Margaret's memory we invite people to do a small act with great love for another person or the planet.

 Read a tribute to Margaret in our February Newsletter here


The Garage Sale will be looking for volunteers when we move out of lockdown!! We look forward to being able to open this wonderful community resource when the Covid-19 restrictions are eased.


Exciting new programmes are happening at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre!

Some of our regular tutors are conducting their classes online. Check out the Lyttelton Recreation Centre facebook page for details:


Lyttelton Youth Programme is on hold while we are under Level 4 restrictions

Normal Programmes

Monday - Year 7 and up
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 3.30 - 5.30pm

Wednesday Girls' Group
5.30-7.30, Venue varies
Contact Candice Milner 027 446 1319

Friday - High schoolers session
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 6.30-8.30pm

Follow on the lytteltonyouthgroup instagram page or the Lyttelton Youth FB page!


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Increasing social connectedness and 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 planning for 2020 is warming up like the weather. Watch this space!



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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.

The last Garage Sale for 2019 will be on December 21. The Garage Sale will reopen Wednesday January 22, 2020.


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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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 Check out the Festival 2019 Programme: here

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. Join here: LLoTTs




Love Lyttelton

Like us on facebook and instagram 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.

South Korea learns from Lyttelton

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When time bank organisers in South Korea heard of a conference being organised to talk about empowering communities in the wake of disaster they suggested Margaret Jefferies be invited to speak on the experiences with disaster in Lyttelton/Christchurch.

The host of the forum was looking for a case where victims actively participated as agents of social reconstruction and healing.
Margaret travelled with Project Lyttelton board member Anne Mackay in November to attend the conference and visit time banks in South Korea.

The conference was hosted by the 4.16 Foundation, and it addressed “Contemplating Victims Rights in a Risk Society”

“The 4.16 Foundation has formed around the Seawol,” Margaret said.

“They wanted to look at “How can we prevent disasters, how can we manage them better?’,” she said.

Many in the audience were families of the children killed in the 2014 Sewol tragedy and were new to the concept and practice of time banking.
The first day was visits to the memorial sites, the second day was the presentations and the third day was questions and answers.
The overloaded South Korean ferry MV Seawol capsized on April 16, 2014 with 476 passengers on board. Three hundred and four people died including 250 children who were out on a school trip.
Many families of victims still feel angry at the inadequate response and lack of accountability on all levels.
Margaret presented a talk, ‘Recent disasters in New Zealand and how we are coping in a humane way’, on the role the Time Bank played in the aftermath of the earthquakes. She also spoke on her work with the Christchurch Muslim community about moving forward together in an empowered way after the March 15 terrorist attack. Read Margaret’s talk here
Margaret said the the people were beautiful and the memorials were very moving.
“There were people from other disasters there too. It sounds heavy but it wasn’t really. It was about seeing patterns and overcoming them,” Margaret said.
Margaret welcomed the interest shown in time banking at the conference.
“It was really good having Anne there too with her legal background, particularly with questions around some of the legal aspects of the disasters,” Margaret said.
The rest of the trip was meeting with people from time banks in Seoul and Gumi.
The time banks in South Korea have been set up to work with specific communities.
In Seoul the church based time bank focuses a lot of its efforts around people with special needs, the church community has also pooled money to buy a house for youth accommodation.
“It’s very practical, big stuff really,” Margaret said.
The time bank in Gumi is associated with a senior club. It’s very active with around 1800 members.
“A scheme in South Korea sees seniors paid for up to 15 hours a month if they want to continue work, and if they do more they can do it through the time bank,” Margaret said.
“It’s really interesting seeing different time banks using the same tools different ways.”