Plan to restore the health of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour
An aspirational plan to restore the cultural and ecological health of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour is underway.
Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour is the result of a commitment made by Environment Canterbury, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company under the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan 2015 to create a catchment management plan which would restore mahinga kai to Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.
The five parties signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2016 and work on the plan began soon after with community consultation meetings to determine what the harbour communities wanted.
The final plan sets out an aspirational vision for the harbour and actions required to achieve that vision based on the principles of change-making, collaboration and providing a foundation that can be used for future generations.
Lyttelton Port Company Chief Executive Peter Davie said the launch of Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour is an exciting milestone in the plan’s long-term vision coming to fruition.
“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.
“This coordinated approach will help support community aspirations so the harbour is maintained and protected for future generations to enjoy.”
A korowai made of the feathers representing the kaitiaki (guardian) for each band in the plan has been wrapped around the document signifying its importance and the commitment made by the partners and community to fulfil the vision.
The plan, with the korowai, will move around the five partner organisations as a reminder of the commitment they have made.