We work closely with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata as custodians and kaitiaki of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.
In 2014, a Joint Statement was signed between Lyttelton Port Company and Te Hapu ō Ngāti Wheke, who share a long term interest in the future of Whakaraupō. We place a high level of importance on working together to fulfil our common responsibility as custodians and kaitiaki of the harbour. Together, we are committed to strengthening the partnership that already exists between us, and to enable future generations to realise the benefits of this partnership through the protection of Whakaraupō and its ability to provide for cultural, social and economic well-being.
In 2019, LPC appointed Tahu Stirling as the Port’s Māori Development Advisor. Working as a Cargo Handler at the Port since 2014, Tahu has strong whānau links to Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour, with cultural connection to Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata. Tahu has developed LPC’s Waiata Tautoko and Haka, and is upskilling the business in tikanga.
LPC works closely with Te Hapu ō Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council on the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour partnership. The partnership sets a way forward for the community to ensure the ecological and cultural health of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour as mahinga kai is restored for us and our children after us.