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Kia ora koutou katoa. When Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to work together to create an action plan for restoring the cultural and ecological health of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour, we wanted it to be a plan that all those who live in the area and use the harbour could see themselves contributing to.

So in the past few weeks we have held a series of meetings to present the initial draft plan to key stakeholders in the area. We wanted to make sure we were on the right track and that the plan aligned with what the community expected of it.
We were excited to hear the initial draft was easy to read and understand, and people appreciated the story that flowed through the plan.

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan gave us the conceptual requirements to base the plan around mahinga kai and Ki Uta Ki Tai (from the mountains to the sea) whole of catchment management, and it has been important to stay true to these values.

One way we have tried to do this is by placing a metaphorical korowai over the catchment, where the species weaved into the korowai are the kaitiaki (guardian) species of the health of our natural environment and our engagement and impact on the landscape.

  • “Change Making” – the idea that everyone can be a change-maker with the power to influence the future of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour;
  • “Mō tātou a mo kā uri a muri ake nei” (for us and our children after us);
  • and “Collaboration” – the idea that change will come about with Whakaraupō communities working together to create real and sustainable change.

Yvette Couch-Lewis Chair of the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Catchment Management Plan Governance Group

Yvette Couch-Lewis Chair of the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Catchment Management Plan Governance Group

This plan belongs to the community and we want you to journey with us as we turn it into a reality.

Thank you to all those who made the time to attend these meetings and providing your thoughts and feedback.

We received some great feedback from those who attended the initial meetings and our team spent last week incorporating that feedback into the draft plan.

In the coming weeks, the plan will be available for public consultation on our website.

We will also have information hubs around the harbour with staff available to answer any questions you may have about how you as an individual or group can get involved in the plan an input into the health of Whakaraupō.

So please keep an eye out for details and we look forward to hearing from you.