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Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury), Lyttelton Port Company Limited, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are collaborating on the development of the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Catchment Management Plan. This initiative will see these organisations working with the community and other stakeholders to plan and coordinate restoration of the ecological and cultural health of the harbour.

Five organisations have come together to work toward the restoration of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).

The commitment to developing a harbour catchment management plan has emerged from the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan development process.  Lyttelton Port suffered extensive damage in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11; to assist in the rebuild and improvement of the Port the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was developed and gazetted on 19 November 2015.

Recorded in the plan is the commitment by the five parties to the development of a non-statutory catchment management plan for Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. This commitment was very much driven by community submissions on the proposed Plan, which voiced the collective desire to improve the health of the harbour. The submissions, the final Plan and supporting evidence can be viewed here.