LPC Supports Healthy Harbour Project
Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) describes the launch of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan on Wednesday 7 March as an exciting milestone.
LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie said, “We are proud to be working together with our partners and the community to ensure the health of the harbour for the future as we meet the requirements of both commercial port users and the recreational users of the harbour.”
Guest speakers at the launch will be children from the Lyttelton Primary School talking about their Enviroschools activities at a recent LPC and Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust Port Saddle Restoration planting day.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour partnership as our environmental projects focus on both land and water,” said LPC Environmental Manager Kim Kelleher.
“Our Port Saddle Restoration Project in Lyttelton and our Harbour Monitoring Programme are examples of projects that fit well with this plan,” said Kim.
The Port Saddle is 17 hectares of land that has been owned by LPC for several decades. It’s now open to the public and the aim is for this area to be used for ecological restoration, recreation and environmental education.
“Historically, this wider catchment area would have been forested,” said Department of Conservation Ranger Alan McDonald.
He sees planting projects like this as a way for people to get back in touch with what was here and develop a sense of pride. “This is something you can do to make a difference. It’s not just planting a tree; it’s the understanding of the whole dynamic that goes along with that.”
“This coordinated approach will help support community aspirations so the Harbour is maintained and protected for future generations to enjoy,” said Peter Davie.
The five organisations that have partnered to form the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan are: Environment Canterbury, Lyttelton Port Company, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council and Te Hapu o Ngāti Wheke, with support from harbour communities; The Partners plan to work toward the protection and restoration of the ecological and cultural health of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).
To find out more about the plan visit healthyharbour.org.nz