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Festival of Lights

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Its that time already and we are well underway with the planning for this years Festival of Lights, with lots of exciting events lined up. The Street Party is June 23rd so save the date!!

The Street Party is again going to be a night to remember, with Our own Parade, Food Stalls, Live music from The Eastern, Mundi, and The Settlers on the Main stage, Entertainment throughout the night on the Albion Square stage and Colletts corner and the much lovedLyttelton Port of Christchurch Fireworks display.

Throughout the week of The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights, light art installations will pop up in and around Lyttelton. Following on from our exciting and successful first time last year, LIGHT.CREATIVITY.CELEBRATION is back with light-related art works being created and exhibited around Lyttelton. These include artworks in alleyways, shop-fronts, and projections onto buildings and other locations.

We are pleased to announce the return of the popular Creative Sampler to the Festival of Lights programme this year. This event is a combined effort between the Lyttelton Harbour Timebank and Project Lyttelton’s Events Team. As the days grow shorter and the nights draw in what a perfect time to open wide our creativity and make or create things together! The event was run for the first time as part of Projects Lyttelton’s Lyttelton Summerfest in February of this year. It was a great success.

The first event in February was so well received. Its success lay in its truly collaborative and simple nature. From tutors to workshop attendees, (time bankers and non time bankers) to organisers we all pitched in, it was magic, we want to create this again. Timebank members will be able to pay with timebank credits to attend the workshops and non timebank members will be asked to pay a koha.
So please join for the Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights and enjoy our exciting week of events!

News from The Lyttelton Community Garden

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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. 

2016 Annual Report

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The Project Lyttelton Annual Report for the financial year 2015 -2016 is now available to read. We have taken a different approach this year, with a visual presentation of statistics matched with an indepth story from each project. We hope you enjoy having a browse through the report.


What's happening at Collett's Corner?


Lyttelton Community has been lucky to have the interim use of a large piece of vacant land where the Empire Hotel and Pharmacy used to stand. This area was known in the past as Collett's Corner, after the chemist J. B. Collett, whose descendants still live in the area.

The current owner, Camia Young, is the founder of XCHC (Exchange Christchurch) in Waltham, described as “a place to cultivate a creative ecology by supporting people to develop their creative self.’Her dream for the site is to create a building with the local community. This will be different then other developments: instead of relying on private property developers and the Council to build the town centre, this will be an opportunity for people to be directly involved in creating and investing in a building they want. It will be a multi-use building where local people will have the opportunity to invest in their town centre’s commercial real estate at the same time as have a say in what is built. The aim is to create buildings in our local centres that respond to long term visions of what kind of places we want to live in and what kind of places we want to create for our children. The community will be invited to conversations starting sometime in the next year.

In the interim period before Camia's development can begin, she has offered for Project Lyttelton to facilitate the community's use of the site.

With seed funding from the Transitional City Projects Fund and generous support from many organisations and inviduals, especially Ros Dixon from the Harbour Bazaar, we have been able to remove the fences and make the site safe and accessible. It is used every Saturday for the Harbour Bazaar craft market and will be used during festivals and for arts and music events.

Aside from these events, the site is available and waiting for further initiatives and events. Do you have ideas and energy for other improvement and events at Collett's Corner?

Project Lyttelton will continue to support and facilitate the site's use. Each of Project Lyttelton's projects is run by its advisory group, made up of staff, a board member and community members who have expertise and passion for the project. Typically, each advisory group meets about once a month to make all decisions about the project. Would you like to be on the advisory group? Or use the site for an event? Or turn up for a working bee? Perhaps you would like to build a planter box? Or have plants to donate? What would you like to see at Collett's Corner? Can you help to make that happen?

Get in touch with Ros Dixon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Lucette Hindin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your ideas.

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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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