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

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Lyttelton Farmers Market - Road Closure/Traffic Management

Opportunity for the community to provide feedback about traffic management for Lyttelton Farmers Market.

What is working well and any suggestions?

Your feedback helps to inform decisions that work for everyone.

The public have a chance to provide feedback on the road closure for Lyttelton Farmers Market operating weekly on a Saturday from 7.30am-2.00pm on London Street from Canterbury Street to Oxford Street.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check Christchurch City Council website to make a formal submission.

Lyttelton Farmers Market is a social enterprise run by Project Lyttelton all surplus generated by the market support other community projects in Lyttelton Harbour – Lyttelton Community Garden, Lyttelton Youth Group and Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank are some of the projects supported.

We are in the process of reviewing our website. If you can't find what you are looking for feel welcome to contact us - you can find our contact details here 

Rec Centre programme aims to reflect diverse community interests


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The Lyttelton Rec Centre has always been an intergenerational hub of the Lyttelton community. Project Lyttelton has been in a partnership with CCC to reactivate the space and create a community-led governance group to guide its ongoing management.

Lyttelton Rec Centre Facility Manager Nathan Mauger has been appointed to ensure the smooth running of the facility for the diverse range of programmes and user groups.

Locally born-and-raised, the former All Black and Canterbury coach has enjoyed reconnecting with people from his youth and meeting new locals. He remembers a Rec centre that was a thriving community hub, with gatherings and inter-generational activities. 

Nathan is excited to be back in Lyttelton and put together a programme that caters to a wide range of interests and grows the Rec Centre user community.

The Garage Sale 

Lyttelton's op shop helps recycle and rehome surplus items while raising funds to support groups in our community. We always welcome new volunteers come and have a chat!

The Garage Sale, the dedicated volunteers and staff and the community's support has benefited all these local organisations:


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Lyttelton Youth Programme

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!


Lyttelton Recreation Centre What could be  

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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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.

Come along to 58a Oxford Street Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm or Saturday 10am-1pm and check out the bargains. 



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




Read the May 26, 2020 Newsletter - here




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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.”