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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 five 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.


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 The Spring Festival of Change is a new initiative in 2016: 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). The Spring Festival is connected to our Autumn event, where we invite our community to grow their own dinner.

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Free Film Evening with Lift Library

Deforestation and Reforestation

As Monday June 5th is Arbor Day, I decided to choose a selection of videos on this subject. As I type, I look across Lyttelton Harbour at hills that have trees only in a few lower areas; large areas that used to be covered in sheep when I was a child, and in trees before humans arrived! are now bare and unused. If this area could be replanted with trees, especially natives, what a difference it would make to soil erosion, retention of CO2 and thus reducing climate problems, and providing beauty to look at, and places to walk to improve our emotional and physical health! Fortunately such efforts are already being made in the harbour, but imagine if more of us took action to grow more trees. Come and get some inspiration on Friday 2nd.
7.15 pm at The Portal, 54A Oxford Street, up the drive between the playground and the swimming pool. Koha appreciated, or Timebank credit to LIFT.

Apply for a stall

Please email for an application form. Do not send any money with this form.