LPC is committed to engaging with, and supporting, the Harbour Basin and Rolleston communities in which it operates and the Christchurch, Canterbury area.
Sponsorships range from financial or in-kind support for activities that deliver ongoing benefits through to specific support for projects, events and initiatives.
LPC focuses on providing sponsorship for:
- Community, child and youth development and environmental initiatives in Lyttelton Harbour Basin and the Rolleston Area
- Organisations supporting Christchurch and Canterbury economic development and growth
- Wider community beneficial initiatives in Christchurch.
There are two funding rounds a year and the deadlines to submit applications are:
- 31 July
- 31 January.
CURRENT LPC SPONSORSHIPS
Lyttelton Port Company is pleased to announce that it is now a sponsor of the Māia Health Foundation.
With an ongoing commitment to environmental awareness and a long, proud association with Antarctica exploration vessels, LPC is delighted to announce its latest sponsorship of TEDxScottBase.
In a first-of-its-kind event, Antarctica New Zealand will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Scott Base, one of the oldest research facilities in the international territory of Antarctica by hosting and broadcasting TEDxScottBase around the world.
TEDx events are independently organised around the globe, and represent a diversity of views on a variety of issues. TEDxScottBase promises to be even more unique, held on international soil with collaborators and guest speakers from around the world in an aim to bring the very best of ideas worth spreading, not only to Antarctica but to the world.
Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust
The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and LPC have agreed to work on a project cooperatively with other harbour users to ensure this valued local environment is well cared for. As well as complying with relevant environmental legislation, LPC works to proactively minimise the environmental impact of its business.
Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust
LPC has supported the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust since 1999 and is continuing its support in 2016. The Trust undertakes work to restore the island’s indigenous vegetation and fauna that would provide a safe refuge for local, rare or endangered species.
In addition to financial support, LPC provides in-kind assistance by donating the services of our Marine staff and one of LPC’s Pilot boats to transport plants to the island for the annual planting programme in August.
Champion Canterbury Business Awards
Held in September each year, the Champion Canterbury Business Awards celebrate the excellence, innovation and success of businesses and charities in the Canterbury region.
LPC is at the heart of trade in Canterbury and our sponsorship reflects our support of the awards that encourage top performance in business. The Awards celebrate those that help connect the province to the rest of the world.
Project Lyttelton – Festival of Lights
LPC was delighted to sponsor the annual fireworks during the 2016 street party night at the Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights. The show lasted around 15 minutes and featured hundreds of individual fireworks that about 10,000 Lyttelton and Christchurch residents enjoyed.
Lyttelton Rugby Club
LPC teamed up with the Lyttelton Rugby Club to sponsor the junior team for its 2016 season and will continue the relationship into 2017.
The Club’s reach extends from Lyttelton to its surrounding areas, including Diamond Harbour and Heathcote. LPC is a long time sponsor of the Club.
Lyttelton Community House Trust
The Lyttelton Community House Trust is a registered charitable trust, established in 2008. Located at 7 Dublin Street, Lyttelton, the facility provides a friendly environment for people to drop in for a chat, enjoy a community lunch on Tuesdays, hold community group meetings and receive support from experienced staff.
The Trust also provides a meals-on-wheels service and assistance with transport for shopping and appointments for the elderly in the Lyttelton community.
In 2016 and into 2017 LPC is providing funds to help cover some of the Trust’s operational costs. This is the only community service of its kind in Lyttelton.
Lyttelton Football Club
The Lyttelton Football Club is experiencing growing interest from junior players keen to get into the sport. The club developed an introductory programme in 2012 to teach young children, aged eight to 13, the ins-and-outs of the game.
“Until now we’ve been running the programme using secondhand equipment and make-shift goal posts, so we haven’t had the resources to really excel,” said Lyttelton Football Club Head Coach Mick Stephenson.
“The equipment LPC funded has been the best thing to happen since we started. We now have almost 100 children registered so we’ve decided to run the programme throughout the school term.”
The ‘Introduction to Football’ course is held three times a week at the Lyttelton Primary School and the Lyttelton Recreation Centre.
Canterbury Youth Development Programme
In early 2016, LPC funded the purchase of a vehicle for the Canterbury Youth Development Programme (CYDP) to allow coordinators to make home visits to disadvantaged youth and their families.
CYDP coordinators provide ongoing support to disadvantaged youth, and help transport them to vocational and educational opportunities.
Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre
In 2015 the Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre reopened on Norwich Quay in Lyttelton, providing a safe place for visiting seafarers to relax when in Port. The Centre provides free internet access so seafarers can contact home, and purchase foreign exchange, food and drink.
LPC’s sponsorship will be used to help cover the facility’s operational costs.
Lyttelton Netball Club
LPC has been the major sponsor of the Lyttelton Netball Club since 2012. Funding is used to equip players with uniforms and sporting equipment required for the year ahead, including new team jackets, balls and player of the day certificates.
In past seasons, LPC has provided the club with tickets to at-home Mainland Tactix games and organised a training session with key players from the team.
Families with children attending Kidsfirst Lyttelton can now review photos of the day’s events and share in their child’s experiences. Some LPC staff and their families live close to the kindergarten and have children attending.
The children enjoy using the camera, which is robust enough to handle their enthusiastic work and play.
Albion Square, located on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets in Lyttelton, opened in November 2014. The square features a stage, terraces, play equipment, edible fruit trees and herb gardens, as well as the restored Lyttelton War Memorial Cenotaph.
LPC has donated more than $20,000 worth of recycled wharf timber from the former Cattle Jetty which was demolished in the Inner Harbour in December 2012.
The wharf timbers give the square a unique Port flavour and now have a new place within the infrastructure for Lyttelton’s community.
Ronald McDonald House South Island
LPC has been a supporter of Ronald McDonald House South Island since 2008. Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodation for parents and the siblings of children being treated for serious illnesses at Christchurch Hospital.
One night each month, LPC funds the Family Dinner Programme in which staff volunteer their time to cook, clean and serve a two-course meal to local families staying at Ronald McDonald House.
Diamond Harbour Cricket Club
LPC’s 2016 sponsorship was used to purchase uniforms for three junior teams at the Diamond Harbour Cricket Club. Around 30 members, aged between six and 12, have new playing shirts and hoodies as a result of the sponsorship. The club also contributed to the uniforms by fundraising in the community.
Lyttelton Stories Audio Tours Project
The Lyttelton Stories Audio Tours Project was granted sponsorship by LPC to fund a new initiative that will use a smartphone app to tell stories of Lyttelton residents in their own voices. The funding will enable the initial stages of the project to get underway, with content created in collaboration with Lyttelton Primary School, Lyttelton Museum and others in the community.
Diamond Harbour Scouts
The Diamond Harbour Scouts was a new group to receive sponsorship from LPC in 2016. The Scouts are fundraising to purchase a new rescue boat to support a cutter vessel they bought earlier in the year. LPC’s sponsorship will contribute to about 10 percent of the boat’s total cost.
The Scouts are fundraising in the community to raise the required funds, and hope to reach their target in 2017.
Whangaraupo Netball Club
Whangaraupo Netball Club will use funds from LPC’s sponsorship programme to purchase new uniforms that will be used at the South Island Maori Netball Tournament.
Blue Star Line Reunion
The Blue Star Line Reunion has received financial support from LPC for an event to be held in March 2017. The reunion is held every two years, alternating between Australia and New Zealand. This is the first time it is being held in Christchurch. It is an opportunity for around 90 former employees of the Blue Star Line shipping company, which regularly called at Lyttelton, to reconnect.
LPC’s sponsorship will help cover transport costs in and around Christchurch and Lyttelton for about 90 people attending the reunion. The funds will also help to produce a souvenir booklet.
Rolleston Scout Group
LPC granted sponsorship to the Rolleston Scout Group to aid its participation in the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree, held in Blenheim from December 29 to January 7. Funds will be used to transport a shipping container full of equipment to the national scouting event.
St John Selwyn Central Area Committee
LPC is a platinum sponsor for St John Selwyn Central Area Committee’s fundraising initiative to build a new ambulance centre in Rolleston. The development of the new base, on the corner of Kidman Street and Norman Kirk Drive, includes the refurbishment of an existing building and the construction of a garage to house two to three vehicles. The complex will include a community-based training facility.
The St John Selwyn Central Area Committee is also working on the project through community fundraising. The building will be handed over to an ownership trust within St John organisation in early 2017.
The new centre will allow an ambulance station to run on a 24 hour a day basis.
Weedons Primary School
Weedons Primary School received financial support from LPC in 2016. The school has 165 students and counts LPC as a neighbour, being very near LPC’s new inland port at Rolleston, MidlandPort.
The funds will be used to help promote the annual Weedons Twilight Christmas Fair. The special occasion will celebrate the school’s 145th birthday, and welcome LPC to the area.
Rolleston Warriors Rugby League Club (RWRLC)
Established in 2016 The Rolleston Rugby League is a newly formed club based in the Rolleston Township. A family orientated club with an emphasis on junior players the RWRLC currently have players registered in every age grade up to under 12s, including one complete nursery grade team, and a future plan to provide playing opportunities for older children with teams up to under 18s.
The sponsorship that LPC have provided will go towards sports equipment and player uniforms.
Waikirikiri Basketball Club
Canterbury Basketball Association is establishing the Waikirikiri Basketball Club Rolleston (and Selwyn District). The sponsorship from LPC has supported the establishment of the Waikiriri Basketball Club, which will enter its first teams in the CBA Primary Competition All Stars Tournament in August.
There is currently no club in the area and a growing number of children wanting to play. LPC funding will go towards court hire and uniform costs for junior competitions.
A new community Sports club based in the Rolleston/Selwyn district, Waikirikiri Sport pride themselves on fostering community involvement and are inclusive across all demographics for both boys and girls. Funding will go towards the Junior Hockey Clubs in order to provide Coaching Packs for each of their junior teams.
A non-profit organisation which operates to represent Canterbury at an elite level, Canterbury United provides a pathway for young talent to excel in their chosen sport. With a strong community focus they work to connect grass roots football to the elite amateur teams with operations covering the central city, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Lyttelton, Methven, Rolleston and Ashburton. Funding will be used for sporting equipment that will be donated to local communities, clubs and primary schools.
The Peninsula Art Auction
Held every two years, The Peninsula Art auction is the primary fundraiser for the Lyttelton Primary School. Money raised from the fundraiser will be used over the two years following the auction to benefit the children of Lyttelton Primary School. The sponsorship that LPC provided helped to facilitate the running of the auction.
The Naval Point Club Lyttelton
Based in Magazine Bay, the Naval Point Club Lyttelton has over 750 members and provides opportunities for boats of all classes, including junior/youth dinghies, senior dinghies, windsurfers, trailer yachts, keelboats, powerboats, waka, jet-ski, swim and other open water sports.
LPC are delighted to provide the Naval Point Club Lyttelton with two new containers. The addition of these two containers will allow the club to not only store its rescue/coaching boat in a safe and secure location, but also provide additional storage services to members.
The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference at the University of Canterbury
The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) is New Zealand’s major professional association of marine scientists. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing marine science and our understanding of the marine environment within New Zealand, supporting our up-and-coming scientists of the future, and providing advice to government on marine environment, resource, conservation and policy issues.
As a major sponsor of the 2017 conference, LPC funding will go towards supporting the event, further cementing its commitment to scientific marine research to ensure a health harbour for the future.