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.

The Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan 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.

Our vision

Ecological bands and Key Focus Areas

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



Project map

Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour projects

There are many exciting projects contributing to the implementation of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan.

Find out more about them via our interactive map.

The future of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour

Be a change-maker

News and events

Seagulls on logs in bay, Mt Herbert in background
6 October 2021 / News

Securing Te Ahu Pātiki’s future as a native haven

500ha block of land are set to be restored to a native haven and securing public access for future generations.
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Diamond Harbour
6 October 2021 / News

Ngāti Wheke led restoration project underway

A three-year restoration project ‘He Rau Ringa e Oti Ai‘, led by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc (the Rūnanga) in partnership with Living Springs and Conservation Volunteers NZ is now underway.
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Cass Bay planting volunteers
18 August 2021 / News

Cass Bay planting day a success despite weather

About 45 volunteers gave up time on their weekend to help reduce sedimentation in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour at the Cass Bay planting day recently.
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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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