Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour

Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour is an important place for many different people. The mana whenua of Ngāti Wheke, residents and visitors all share a love for the harbour and surrounding bays.

Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour’s vision is to ensure the area’s ecological and cultural health as mahinga kai is restored for us and our children after us.

Our focus

The Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan targets six ecological areas for change. Each ecological band is of equal importance and will help weave our korowai for the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour catchment.

Rocky outcrops and indigenous forests


Hills and lowlands

Wetlands and saltmarsh



The future of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour

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News and events

Preparing to place the rocks in the harbour
17 August 2023 / News

Native kelp restoration in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour

The team is working to remove invasive seaweed species and reseeding those areas with spore taken from native kelp harvested locally.
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12 May 2023 / News

Marine pest Mediterranean fanworm in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour

Mediterranean fanworm has been found in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and we are encouraging you to report sightings of this marine pest plant.
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Cutting a cake.
14 March 2023 / News

Whaka-Ora renews for another three years

The Whaka-Ora collaboration agreement was recently re-signed by the five organisations, renewing the group for another three years.
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24 July 2020 / Events, News

Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour Plan showcase, 26 July 2020

You are invited to the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour Plan showcase on Sunday, 26 July from 1pm onwards at Living Springs in Allandale...
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