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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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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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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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Grow Harbour Kids is a programme for children in the Harbour Basin growing, cooking and sharing food and working to create a children's kitchen garden network through local schools and preschools. 

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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 three hundred books on the transition movement, alternative currencies, sustainability and community development, economics, food, health, and relevant DVDs and magazines.

walking festival logoThe 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.



Our Summer Festival focuses on arts and education. Come and enjoy a piratical day at the beach, a presentation of collaborative art works, a dance class, arts seminar or local exhibition.


lyttelton harbour festival logoThe Harbour Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the earth. Local school children spend a day learning about sustainability and the earth, and we invite our community to grow their own dinner.

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Free Film Evening with Lift Library

7.15 p.m.  FRIDAY MAY 6TH

At The Portal, 54A Oxford St, up the drive beside the swimming pool

Entry by Koha, or Timebank trade


Robert McChesney & John Nichols

The authors of this book explain its main points, 

with stimulating and provocative examples, 

which will remind you of things going on here in NZ.

“When decisions are being made, if you’re not at the table,

You’re what’s being served for dinner at the table.”

We will have plenty of time for discussion!