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Elevating Social Enterprise with Akina


Did you know that several of Project Lyttelton's initiatives are social enterprises? A social enterprise is a project/service that has positive social outcomes whilst also generating enough income to be financially self sustaining. The Garage Sale and the Lyttelton Farmers Market are two of our social enterprises that both generate enough income to support other activities locally. 

The Akina Foundation exists to grow social enterprise accross New Zealand. If you or an organisation you support are thinking about starting or fine tuning a social enterprise then they can be of great assistance.

This message is from their team:

Are you an entrepreneur interested in progressing an idea that has a social or environmental purpose? Applications are now open for the Ākina Foundation 2018 Elevate programme in Christchurch!
You’ll learn how you can measure your impact, target the right customers, understand your finances and streamline operations. There’s only 10 spots available so apply by 30 March. 

LIFT Film evening: Living the change


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Come along to the next in our series of LIFT film evenings and be inspired!

"Living the Change" takes us through the bad news (the global crises we are facing) but then focuses on some good news! See some NZ heros and heroines who are initiating change in our communities. From developers of forest gardens to composting toilets you wont fail to be inspired by these remarkable stories!

You can watch the trailer on you tube here. 

Our film nights are free - a koha for tea and coffee is appreciated. Discussion over a cuppa.

At The Portal, 7.15pm on Friday 6th April.

New Possibilities at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre


Project Lyttelton and Christchurch City Council will be working together to reinvent the Lyttelton Recreation Centre. The focus of the centre will be wellbeing in its broadest sense. Project Lyttelton and the local council governance team share a vision of a vibrant community centre where people of all ages, from all parts of our community feel at home, a place which is truly “our place”, is accessible, warm and offers a diversity of programmes, events and short- and long-term tenants.

What does this mean for the local community?

It means we want to hear your ideas about what you would like to see happen there.

The centre will continue to be a place people can come to for recreation (sports, yoga, martial arts and so on) as well as being a base for Plunket and the Toy Library. However, it also has the potential to offer so much more to the community.

If you have ideas, questions or contributions you would like to make, you can do this in person – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a time, fill in our survey online or come and see us at the info stall at the market on Saturday 11am - 12 noon up until Christmas.

The Rubbish Trip visits Lyttelton SummerFest

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Project Lyttelton is pleased to host an afternoon session on zero waste living as part of the Lyttelton Summer Fest 2018.

Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over three years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

- What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?

- How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.

- Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.

- Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

Entry by koha or time credits. Zero waste nibbles will be provided.

This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip's travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand. Follow them on Facebook for updates and upcoming events around the country!

Lyttelton SummerFest programme out now

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The SummerFest goal is to bring people together through the arts, music and broad appeal social events.

This year we are offering an exciting new outdoor film series and a new style of Creative Sampler focus on food. We'll have Strange Bedfellows at Trinity Hall, with a whole new group of artists mixing it up together and presided over by the inimitable Viktor Kropotski.

Click here for a downloadable pdf of the SummerFest 2018 programme

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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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