Bay Harbour: June 24, 2020



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Kind gesture

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Bell rings for first time at new Redcliffs School Skate park





Redcliffs School pupils Nami Seally-Irvine and Coco Joseph, both year 6, are ecstatic to finally be learning in their brand

new classroom. The $16 million campus on Beachville Rd, Redcliffs opened on Monday, nine years after the February

22, 2011, earthquake. An official celebration will take place tomorrow with special guests Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

and musician Dave Dobbyn. The school moved into Van Asch Deaf Education Centre after being forced to leave its

former site on Main Rd following the quake. Redcliffs School was almost shut down in 2016, but Hekia Parata, who was

Education Minister at the time, reversed her decision following a campaign by the community.

• More photos, page 5


• By Jess Gibson

A PARK plan, decades in the

making, has taken a skate – and

the people who planned to use it

are far from happy.

The Bays Skate and Scooter

Park project is on hold after the

Covid-19 crisis ravaged the city

council’s books.

The council originally proposed

spending $417,800 on the

park but the funding is missing

from its new, proposed 2020/21

draft Annual Plan.

Sumner Green and Skate was

preparing for the project’s consultation

phase ahead of construction

at the Nayland St site later in

the year.

Chairwoman Charlie

Hudson said the group was

“extremely disappointed” to

learn that the project could be


The plans were set to be

presented to the community

after “many hours of work” from

the city council’s parks team,

volunteers and more than 100

young people.

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Kind gesture to replace stolen seat

• By Jess Gibson


replaced using funds donated by

a disbanding community group.

Shoreline Toastmasters has

donated money to replace a

memorial seat stolen early this


A macrocarpa wooden seat

with a brass plaque used to sit

at Windsurfer’s Reserve off

Humphreys Rd, Bromley.

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in memory

of Kevin

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members of

the Avon-


Estuary Ihutai


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with the former




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year arranging

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the group had reduced to “below

a functional number” and would

wind up after 26 years.

One of the founding members

read about the theft and

suggested the club used some of

its remaining funds to pay for a

new bench.

“The committee thought this

was a great idea.”

Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai

Trust manager Tanya Jenkins

said it was “wonderful” they

wanted to help.

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The seat

would cost

about $400, she


The trust

will buy a

new brass

plaque, but the

Tanya Jenkins wood will be

donated by the

Christchurch City Council.

The seat would be built by

volunteers from the Linwood

Menz Shed.


Shoreline Toastmasters,

which is disbanding,

has offered to replace a

memorial seat which was

stolen earlier this month. ​

“They have kindly offered

to make the seat up again,

which is a big job actually.

We’re going to give them a koha

(donation) for doing that,” Ms

Jenkins said.

No one had come forward

with any information about the

whereabouts of the stolen seat,

she said.

Nonetheless, the trust received

a lot of reaction from people

saying the theft was “shocking,

disappointing and gutting”.

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•From page 1

It took the council more

than 25 years to deliver a

skate facility for the area

and even one more year

would be a long time for a

young person to wait, she


Sumner youth were

“really frustrated and

disappointed at their voices

not being heard.”

As a consequence of

the postponement, young

people might get the

impression their interests

and passions are not

important or worthy, she


Skateboarders will

continue to use a

temporary wooden skate

ramp until their

new permanent

skate park is built,

she said.

City council head

of parks Andrew

Rutledge told the

group residual

funding from

this year will be

carried forward

to keep the project

moving through its

consultation, detailed

design and phases.

MAKESHIFT: Sumner skateboarders will continue to

use a temporary wooden skate ramp until their new

permanent skate park is built.

The build budget would

be part of the 2021/2022

financial year

but, if it were

sped up, the

council could

get the funding

in line with


milestones via

a “bring back

change request.”

The budget

was cut as part of

the city council’s

response to a $99 million

shortfall as a result of the



Covid-19 crisis.

There have been cuts

to various community

projects in this year’s draft

Annual Plan, which is out

for public consultation

until June 29.


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Your Local Views

Readers respond to

the design for the new

Lyttelton Museum

Cheryl Lucas – I write

in support of the proposed

museum for Lyttelton. This

is a building that will

resist fire and earthquake

and the design perfectly

complements the gritty

working port and forward

thinking locals.

Potentially our mini

Guggenheim Bilbao, it will

enliven a street now devoid

of the bright Volcano, the

imposing Harbour Light

and other Edwardian


It is a building to herald

in a new age, bring it on!

Sasha Stollman – I

believe we lost London St’s

anchor when the Harbour

Light was demolished.

This museum design has

the mana to restore our


Morrin Rout – I am

writing in response to your

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call for reactions to the

new Lyttelton Museum.

I am a longtime resident

of Governor’s Bay and

consider myself to be part

of Lyttelton as well.

The museum design is

striking and highly appropriate

for its setting. It

cleverly references the port

and the layout, which I

have seen from the plans,

will not only enhance the

exhibits but the visitor


The museum will add

enormously to the street

landscape that is crying

out for good modern

design that compliments

both the old and the new.

The damnation of the

design in your editor’s

opinion piece was unfounded,

to my mind. It

reminds me of the negative

reactions to the Stanaway’s

similarly challenging and

intriguing house design

which resulted in their

not going ahead with their

plans, thus robbing us of

a significant and bold architectural

statement and

dooming us to the bland

and uninspiring buildings

that seem to have arisen

in the aftermath of the


Jane McBride – I want

to record my displeasure

at the personal opinions

voiced by the Editor of

the Bay Harbour News in

regards the design of the

new Lyttelton Museum.

It has been a lot of very

hard work undertaken by a

group of volunteers to get

this exciting development


It is a contemporary design

and undoubtedly there will

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Stan Walker

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The Jordan Luck Band

Annie Crummer

Op Shop’s Jason Kerrison

Supergroove’s Che Fu

Nathan King and Andy

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Tooth and Veil

the life and times of the new Zealand dental nurse

by noel o’hare

The story of the young women charged with waging war on our nation’s

poor teeth. In 1921, when the School Dental Service was established, New

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improving the terrible state of the nation’s teeth. Set up by veterans of the

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was run like a military operation and the all-female dental nurses were

treated like foot-soldiers: underpaid, overworked and poorly resourced.

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society’s attitudes to women, work and children’s health.

Know Your Place

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The story of a child refugee who faced her fears, found her home and

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Katipo Joe – Blitzkrieg

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Young Joe is living in pre-WWII Berlin, with his British father and NZ

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who are enthusiastically joining the Hitler Youth Movement. Joe feels

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One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

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On April 10th 2020, it will be exactly 50 years since Paul McCartney

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There’s no need to risk it for the brisket

Beef brisket really is the

gift that keeps on giving.

It’s inexpensive, full of

flavour, and low effort as

far as making a delicious

meal goes

Slow-cooked pulled beef

brisket in tomato sauce


2kg beef brisket (some fat


2 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1x 400g can tomato purée

100ml barbecue sauce

2 tbsp honey (optional)

4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

300ml stock (beef is good but

any works fine)

2 tsp smoked paprika

Fresh parsley, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 150°C.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large

non-stick frying pan.

Place the brisket on a chopping

board and season with salt and

pepper all over.

In your heated frying pan,

brown the brisket on all sides.

This should only take a couple

of minutes. Transfer to a large

oven proof dish (ideally with

a lid).

Slow-cooked pulled beef brisket in tomato sauce, Beer-braised brisket.

In your frying pan, cook onions

and garlic for a few minutes and

then add to the brisket dish.

Add the tomato purée,

barbecue sauce, honey,

Worcestershire sauce, stock and

paprika to the brisket dish and

bring to the boil.

Cover your dish and place it in

the oven. Let your beef cook in

the oven for up to 5hr.

Transfer the beef to a clean

chopping board and cover with

foil to let the beef rest for at least


Return your beef to the dish

(where the sauce remains) and

use forks to pull the meat apart.

It should pull quite easily.

Serve with parsley and bread,

tacos, coleslaw or vegetables.

Beer-braised brisket

12 servings


6 garlic cloves

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

¼ cup salt, plus extra

3-4kg untrimmed brisket

2 onions, thinly sliced

355ml can lager


Finely chop garlic in a food

processor. Add brown sugar,

mustard, oil, black pepper, cumin,

paprika, cayenne, and ¼ cup salt

and process until smooth. Rub

all over brisket, working into

crevices. Wrap in plastic and chill

for 24-48hr.

Let meat sit out until room

temperature, about 1hr.

Preheat oven to 160 deg C.

Scatter onions in a large roasting

pan and set brisket, fat side up,

on top.

Add beer and cover with foil.

Braise until meat is very tender,


Remove from oven and switch

oven to grill. Grill brisket,

until top is browned and crisp,


Let brisket cool slightly.

Remove from pan and shred

or slice. Remove onions with

a slotted spoon and mix into

brisket. Taste and moisten with

some cooking liquid and season

with salt, if needed.


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Midwifery delivers new

direction for young mum

Shelley Tweedie’s decision to become

a midwife came from a desire to create a

secure future for herself and her young


After high school she had a string of jobs

including working at a printing company,

as a weighbridge operator and doing youth

and mental health work, but nothing felt

like the right fit. “I just basically got to a

point in my life where I needed to create

some stability,” she explains.

Shelley became “really passionate and

driven” about a career as a midwife.

She chose to study at Ara Institute

of Canterbury for its flexible degree

programme which is delivered using

a blend of online modules, tutorials

and two-week block ‘intensives’ at its

impressive new health training facilities in

central Christchurch.

“It really worked for me as the mother

of a 2-year-old. I was able to learn at my

own pace and schedule it into times that

worked around my family. You need good

support systems around you though - like

people who can pick the kids up if you

can’t, financial and emotional support and

positive energy in your personal life. It’s a

demanding course, so passion and support

are key to getting through the challenging


Shelley especially liked the practical

focus at Ara. “It’s totally necessary to read

and learn about something, but it makes a

lot more sense when you experience it in

real life. Studying for exams was made a lot

easier because we all had stories from our

practical experiences that we could share

and discuss with each other.”

During her studies, Shelley consistently

achieved excellent grades and gained

exceptional feedback from the midwives

she worked with in clinical practice.

Now a qualified midwife, Shelley is

justifiably proud of what she’s achieved. “I

had never strived for anything academic

in my life before. The fact that I’ve proven

to myself that I can achieve what I put

my mind to has been one of the biggest

personal highlights for me.”

If you’re looking for a new direction,

explore Ara’s study options at

or call 0800 24 24 76.

THE BLACK cormorant/

kawau is one of 12

cormorant species found

in New Zealand, with this

one often seen around the

estuary and lower reaches

of our rivers.

We are very lucky to

have about 12 to 16 of

these black cormorants

making our estuary their

home as there are not that

many of them in New


You can spot them sitting

along the estuary edge

or perched in trees along

river banks with their

wings spread out.

So why do they do this?

Cormorants dive under

water and then use their

webbed feet to propel

themselves to chase their


Now, unlike non-diving

birds, their feathers are not

as oily and therefore not as

waterproof, which allows


Tanya Jenkins is the manager of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary

Ihutai Trust, a non-profit organisation formed in 2002 to protect

one of New Zealand’s most important coastal wetlands. Each

week she introduces a new bird found in the estuary. Her column

aims to raise the understanding of the values and uniqueness of

the area.

Cormorants are constantly

drying their wings

RARE: There are only

about 12 to 16 black

cormorants that have

made the Avon-

Heathcote Estuary their



them to dive in the first


It does mean, however,

that they need to “spread

their wings and tail feathers”

to dry out and warm

up after each meal, or they

would lose their body temperature

and suffer from


Amazing how nature

provides for all the different

needs of different

birds. The cormorants

have been observed eating

up to 30 small eels and fish

each day. Tough life having

to dive, chase fish, dry

out, warm up, dive, chase

fish, warm up, dry out and

so on, that many times

each day.

Experts are not sure why

the cormorants choose

either trees, shrubs cliffs or

even the ground to nest on

but here around the estuary,

it appears they prefer

nesting in trees. Both male

and female will incubate

the eggs and the chick

feeding is also a shared


How can we help the

cormorant numbers to

thrive? Keep dogs on the

lead when walking along

riverbanks and the estuary


Celebration time

Port Hills

MP Ruth

Dyson writes

about two


in the Bay


area –


School reopening and

the removal of a Mobil

logo on Lyttelton’s oil


Redcliffs School is open.

Nine years nearly to the

day since Redcliffs School

moved off-site – first to

Sumner School and then

to van Asch – but the

school has finally returned

home in a beautiful new

learning facility.

I went to the start of

the first day on Monday,

where one parent told

me his year 8 son was

“bouncing off the ceiling

with excitement” at the

thought of finally being

in their own home. It is a

huge time for celebration

– not just the celebration

of the new building – but

a celebration of nine years

of community passion,

integrity and strength that

saw the proposed closure

reversed and the school

returned home.

And another community

celebration is the Lyttelton

victory in getting

the massive Mobil logo removed

from the oil tanks.

The logo was painted on

the side of the tank without

any discussion with

locals and was a large and

intrusive blot on the vista

from homes overlooking

the tank farm. After

representations directly

to Mobil, the company

agreed and the logo has

now been removed. Good

decision Mobil.

While these are two

very different situations,

they are both examples

of local voices winning

an argument and should

EXCITING: Port Hills

MP Ruth Dyson was at

the Redcliffs School

reopening on Monday

talking and celebrating

with parents and


give us hope that when

clear and strong positions

are outlined, then bad

decisions can be reversed.

The Redcliffs community

was united in its opposition

to its school being

closed and ran a very

strong and imaginative

campaign, never veering

from facts, never using the

students, and igniting the

spirit of the community

in support. The Lyttelton

campaign was smaller and

quieter but, again, stuck

to facts and engaged in a

constructive way.

A great outcome in

both cases for two great


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Stablemates influence sporty Civic

TYPE S AND Type R are Honda’s

nameplates for some of its iconic

sporting models, Integra and


Of course, the two-door

coupe Integra is no longer

manufactured, but the Civic

Type R was relaunched a

couple of years ago and is still

in Honda’s books. It represents

everything a buyer could want

in a hot hatchback – powerful

turbocharged two-litre engine,

six-speed manual gearbox, and all

the go-faster goodies underneath

that gets power to ground and

provide a handling sensation

reminiscent of true sports cars,

all of the time offering the benefit

of four doors and room inside for

five adults.

The Type R doesn’t come cheap,

although it is affordable at $60k.

For those who can’t quite make

that outlay and would find the

manual gearbox unworkable, then

Honda has other Civics which

are tamer but share the edgy,

aggressive looks of the Type R.

This evaluation focuses on

the $41,990 RS Sensing Sport

hatchback, a car that you could

just about mistake for a Type R,

its looks are almost aggressive

and it has just a few little tweaks

here and there that promote

sporty performance. I’m talking

about a sports exhaust system,

beefy 18in black wheels, and a

body kit that wouldn’t look out of

place on a formula one race track.

The RS Sensing is available in

hatchback and sedan, currently

there are seven Civic models

listed in Honda’s books, all have

much the same design cues

adding to that sporty appeal.

However, if you don’t want the

sporty look, the base models

aren’t quite so in-your-face.

There are also turbocharged

engine options throughout

the range, although it must be

remembered that traditionally

the Civic has utilised naturallyaspirated

engines, and that is still

the case today, the turbo option

is only there for those who want

that performance edge. The

choice is almost overwhelming,

there is a Civic for all budgets and

driving styles.

The RS Sport Sensing hatch is

a smart piece of kit and as I’ve

mentioned it gets a turbo engine

of 1498cc. If you are thinking

the base model’s 1.8-litre unit is

better simply because it is bigger,

HONDA CIVIC RS SPORT SENSING: Part of an extensive range.

well both have advantages in

certain areas but the 1.5-litre

turbo is a stunner in terms of

refinement, power and economy.

It has higher power outputs

than the 1.8, yet gets the same


Honda’s figures go something

like this: Turbo power peaks at

127kW (5500rpm) with 220Nm

drawn from 1700rpm and

available all of the way to the

area of peak power, that’s against

the naturally aspirated engine at

104kW and 174Nm. Honda also

claims 6.4l/100km combined

cycle fuel usage average for both


I like the feel of turbo power,

and my right foot was constantly

exploring the performance edge

just to feel that turbo rush. I’m

not saying the Civic in this form

is a true sports car, it isn’t, but it

does have good acceleration and

delivers a feel-good factor from

beneath the accelerator pedal.

Another claim by Honda is an

8.5sec standstill to 100km/h time.

As I mentioned in my

introduction, the RS Sport

Sensing gets a sport exhaust

system; it doesn’t produce

volume, but there is an

underlying growl which sounds

throaty, and it looks great with

two pipes centered in the rear

of the car. Add in the big wheels

and wide, low profile Michelin

Pilot tyres (235/40) and there is

handling to match the sporting

characteristics of the engine and

racy body kit.

One of the reasons I like the

Civic so much is that it utilises

a fully independent suspension

right across the range, Honda

are the past-masters of this

type of chassis set-up, and the

multi-link rear in RS is perfect in

• Price – Honda Civc RS

Sport Sensing hatch,


• Dimensions – Length,

4515mm; width, 1799mm;

height, 1421mm

• Configuration – Fourcylinder,


1498cc, 127kW,

160Nm, seven-step

continuously variable


• Performance –

0-100km/h, 8.5sec

• Fuel usage – 6.4l/100km

terms of ride quality and ability

to contain the body structure.

It isn’t rigid, but the spring and

damper rates are firmish but also

biased towards keeping the tyres

in constant contact with the road

surface, uneven surfaces don’t

affect handling control.

There are some cars you just

feel right at home with, and the

RS gave me one of the most

delightful drives this year so

far, and this from a car that will

attract a wide cross-section of


Civic has been an enduring

nameplate, it was first released

in 1972 and that three-door

hatchback made an immediate

impression. Nothing has changed,

the Civic has evolved over the

years and is still a very desirable

mid-size car today, even though

it is nothing like the cheeky small

car that first wore the badge.

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Lyttelton Port Company Community Newsletter

eeping Canterbury moving

hrough COVID-19

Essential, proud, respected:

That’s how we describe the

Lyttelton Port Company team

who ensured the region was

supplied with the food, fuel,

medicine and essential goods

we needed every day during

the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cargo Handler

Vaughan Robinson

was one of the many

members of the LPC

team who worked

through lockdown.

As LPC is a critical link for Canterbury and

the South Island, our team knew the Port

needed to continue operating as the country

reached Alert Level 4.

With the health, safety and wellbeing of

our people at the heart of everything we

do, our COVID-19 response team worked

tirelessly to keep the port operating during

the lockdown.

From the Cargo Handlers who worked

on the wharf to the Marine Pilots who

welcomed vessels to our waters, the teams

working at our Inland Ports to our staff

diligently working from home, the LPC team

banded together.

Despite the challenging circumstances,

our team adapted to the rapidly evolving

situation. Change in shift patterns, increased

hygiene measures and physical distancing

requirements were taken in their stride.

An ‘Essential Worker selfie’ competition

saw many of our team proudly sharing snaps

of their daily work.

As we have moved through the Alert

Levels, our team has continued to adapt to a

‘new normal’.

As border restrictions remain in place, our

Marine Pilots continue to operate in isolation

from other staff, and we are working closely

with the Canterbury District Health Board

to understand the health status of all crew

visiting Lyttelton.

Shore leave for vessel crews is permitted

under Level 1, provided vessels are more than

14 days from their last foreign port and have

had no new crew join the vessel.


LPC UPDATE June 2020

International Day

f the Seafarer

June 25 marks the

International Day of the

Seafarer, a day which Lyttelton

Seafarers Centre Chairperson

Rev John McLister hopes will

shine a light on the vital role

these key workers play in

keeping our region moving.

On any given day, there can be up to 400

foreign seafarers on vessels visiting Lyttelton

Harbour, far away from home, often with

limited English and performing challenging

and isolating tasks at sea.

This year’s International Day of the

Seafarer aims to recognise that seafarers are

key workers. They are on the frontline of the

COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role

in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such

as food, medicines and medical supplies.

However, the crisis has led to difficult

working conditions for seafarers, including

uncertainties and difficulties about port

access, re-supply, crew changeovers and


These are challenges Mr McLister is

familiar with. As the Lyttelton Seafarers

Centre Chairperson and Chaplain, Mr

McLister welcomed more than 4,000 seafarers

visits last year and expects this year’s visit

numbers to be significantly higher.

Seafarers from all corners of the globe

congregate at the Seafarers Centre on

Norwich Quay in Lyttelton. The Centre is

place of refuge where seafarers are greeted

with a warm kiwi welcome and a reprieve

from the often harsh conditions of life at sea.

The Seafarers Centre is part of the global

Mission to Seafarers, an Anglican welfare

charity serving merchant crews around

the world.

The Catholic seafarers’ welfare charity

Stella Maris also contributes to the running

of the Centre.

“We offer seafarers foreign currency

exchange, tea and coffee, snacks, internet,

mobile SIM cards, and a comfortable space

to relax and unwind on shore and make

contact with their loved ones at home,”

says Mr McLister.

“On average seafarers are spending

9 months of the year at sea, so the Centre

is about providing a connection to home,

human contact, and ensuring they have a safe

space on shore, rather than congregating on

street corners.”

Mr McLister and the Centre’s volunteers

can also arrange for crews to attend church

services – Some seafarers are catholic, while

others are Muslim and wish to visit the Al

Noor Mosque, which has become a place of

pilgrimage since the terror attacks last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created another

set of challenges, with seafarers unable to gain

shore leave in some circumstances and unable

to be repatriated home.

In March, LPC supported Mr McLister to

start chaplaincy visits to vessels, which he

says has ensured crews were cared for during


“The vessel visits mean we can deliver

WiFi units and groceries to crews who cannot

come ashore, we can also let them know

about the various welfare services the Centre

can provide.”

A key role of the centre is advocacy, says

Mr McLister.

“The Seafarers Centre is seen as a nonconfrontational

organisation that crews can

use to talk about issues they may be facing.

We can then speak directly to shipping agents

or Maritime New Zealand to resolve issues.

The Lyttelton centre is a strong advocate for

seafarers nationally.”

LPC Strategic Engagement Manager

Phil de Joux says Lyttelton Port is proud

to support the Seafarers Centre and the

important work Mr McLister undertakes.

“LPC provides the Lyttelton Seafarers

Centre with financial support, safe

transportation to vessels and donated WiFi

units to keep crews connected.”

In recent times, LPC has also ensured our

Marine Pilots provide vessel masters with

information on accessing the centre.

“As the South Island’s largest Port, we have

an obligation to ensure everyone who visits

and works in our Port are safe and cared for.

This is something we will continue to do well

into the future.”

The Centre is place of

refuge where seafarers

are greeted with a warm

kiwi welcome. Pictured is

Rev John McLister with

visiting seafarers.


LPC UPDATE June 2020


Mātaitai bylaws

This map shows the

area of the new Mātaitai

Bylaws, in place to protect

and enhance harbour fish


The new Whakaraupō Mātaitai bylaws

are supported by the Whaka-Ora Healthy

Harbour partnership, aiming to restore and

protect the health of Lyttelton Harbour. LPC

is proud to work with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke,

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment

Canterbury and the Christchurch City

Council on this important kaupapa.

For more information, visit


Bag Limit

Pāua 5

Tuaki (cockle) 30

Pipi 30

Kutai (mussels) 30

Pāpaka (crabs) 10

New Mātaitai Bylaws

to protect and enhance

harbour fishstocks

Tio (oysters) 10

Other shellfish


Pātiki (flounder) 20

Rāwaru (blue cod) 2

Hoka (red cod) 5

Marari (butterfish) 10

Moki 10

Kōiro (conger eel) 2



Other finfish combined 10


All seaweed

(except karengo, undaria)

Note beachcast seaweed is outside

of the mātaitai area.

Area Closures

Walkers Beach

(Otamahua/ Quail Island)

Rec Bay (Purau)



Bag Limit















The Minister of Fisheries has

approved new bylaws that

will limit fishing within the

Whakaraupō Mātaitai.

The bylaws are the result of a proposal put

together by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, with

support from local recreational fishers,

science advisors and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Chair Manaia

Rehu says the decision is crucial to safeguard

the local fisheries.

“These new rules will help to rejuvenate

mahinga kai and ensure our mātaitai is

protected and enhanced not just for us now,

but for future generations of Ngāi Tahu

whānui and the wider Lyttelton Harbour


The bylaws are reinforced by surveys

conducted by Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai, a

University of Otago research and monitoring

support team for Customary Protection Area


The surveys found only 10 per cent of pāua

in the Whakaraupō Mātaitai were at or above

the minimum legal size for recreational

fishing. It also found other mahinga kai

species were present in low densities, and

habitat-forming kelps in the upper harbour

have been severely depleted.

Lead Mātaitai Tangata Tiaki Henry Couch

says the proposal is a proactive step.

“This is about preventing any further

reduction in important mahinga kai stocks

and the habitats they need to thrive.

Ultimately, we want to rebuild these

populations to the point where they are once

again abundant.

“Current recreational bag limits are

too high and are inconsistent with the

underlying philosophy of a mahinga mātaitai,

which is focused on ‘catching a feed’. These

catch limits mean the mātaitai will be fished

more sustainably.”

The new bag limits apply to shellfish

stocks in the Whakaraupō Mātaitai, including

pāua, pipi, mussels, crabs, oysters, and

cockles, as well as several finfish species,

including flounder, blue cod, red cod,

butterfish, moki and conger eel.

In addition to the new bag limits, the taking

of some species including seaweed, skates, and

rays, from within the Whakaraupō Mātaitai is

prohibited as well as the harvesting of tuaki

(cockles) at Rec Bay at Purau and at Walkers

Beach at Ōtamahua (Quail Island).

Mr Rehu believes the bylaws will be an

important measure in rejuvenating the

health of Whakaraupō.

“We want to see our species replenished

so that we and future generations can have

the same health in our mahinga kai and our

reserves that were enjoyed by our tūpuna.”

The new bylaws took effect on April 24.

Community consultation is also set to

begin on revised bylaws for the Rāpaki


LPC UPDATE June 2020


New land taking shape:

To date, over 4.3 ha of land

has been reclaimed in

stage of the project at

Te Awaparahi Bay.



Rio Class




We wanted to take this

opportunity to update the

local community about the

issue of low frequency noise

from the Maersk Rio Class

Vessels regularly calling at

Lyttelton Port.

oving east:

e Awaparahi Bay

eclamation update

We know that keeping our noise levels at a

minimum is important to the community

we are a part of, which is why we have been

working closely with the shipping line to

resolve this issue.

Each of the standard Rio Class vessels

has now had a silencer fitted to one of the

four generators. The ships are required

to use the silenced generator while at the

wharf, which substantially reduces noise.

We have however had occasional ship visit

where they have used other generators, and

that has continued to be an issue.

We’ve given Maersk further feedback

and they have investigated and have found

some options for further improving their

performance. We’re confident they’re

focused on minimising noise while in port

and we’re meeting with them regularly to

review performance.

If you have any further concerns

or questions please get in touch

with our Environment Team:

New land is taking shape at

Te Awaparahi Bay, building

new capacity to extend LPC’s

container terminal and meet

future shipping demands.

The first 10 hectares of the reclamation is

complete, and great progress has been made

on this second stage, creating an additional

6 hectares.

Here’s the latest from our project team:

• The second stage of Te Awaparahi Bay land

reclamation project remains on track with

approximately 4.3 hectares of new land

created to date.

• Over 1,583,000 tonnes of fill from our

Gollan’s Bay quarry has been transported to

the reclamation. Over 440,000m³ of dredged

material has been removed, reducing the

land settlement time significantly. The

dredging was completed on March 25.

• The first area of land on the new

reclamation is now being used for car

storage. This area is the first of six staged

handovers, which will eventually add a total

of around 3.3 hectares of usable land. The

next area is due to be handed over at the

end of June.

This stage of the reclamation will be

completed by January 2021.

For regular updates on the project, visit or email


LPC UPDATE June 2020

Sweet success

»Page 8

ruise berth

rogress continues

Lyttelton Port is one step

closer to welcoming the

world’s largest cruise ships

to Canterbury with the final

wharf deck concrete pour

completed on New Zealand’s

first purpose-built cruise berth.

Since late 2018, over 2500m 3 of concrete has

been placed to form the main wharf deck,

ensuring the structure is ready to open in

November and welcome the 80 cruise ships

booked for the summer season.

From Designers BECA, to HEB

Construction, Genesis Projects and LPC

engineers, many teams have ensured

construction is on time and minimised any

potential risks to the marine environment in

Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour.

LPC Infrastructure Manager Mike

Simmers says it is exciting to reach this

milestone in the project, and attention is now

turning to the remaining work needed to

ready the berth for November.

Construction is progressing well and over

2000 rock bags have been successfully placed

underwater to provide scour protection to

the seawall slope.

“The focus for the construction teams on

site will now shift to the infrastructure on

land behind the wharf, which includes a new

electrical sub-station, lighting masts and

underground services such as stormwater

treatment systems and water reticulation

pipework,” says Mike.

“There will also be a passenger shelter and

small amenities building constructed.”

LPC Strategic Engagement Manager

Phil de Joux wished to thank the Harbour

community for their support during the

piling stage of the project.

“We know this has been a noisy process,

and we acknowledge that it could at times

be disruptive to Lyttelton residents and

business owners.”

“By providing regular updates on when

piling was expected to occur, we hope we

have helped people to plan around the

anticipated noise and minimise its impact.”

Phil says LPC continues to work closely with

the Christchurch City Council, ChristchurchNZ,

the Lyttelton Information Centre and

independent tour operators to plan the most

effective logistics around the cruise berth.

“We want everyone to be prepared and

well-informed about the process surrounding

cruise ship visits, so we will keep the

community updated in the coming months as

plans become finalised.

COVID-19 impact on cruise at LPC

Construction on the cruise berth paused

under COVID-19 Alert Level 4, however great

progress has been made since work was

restarted at Alert Level 3. LPC Marketing

Manager Simon Munt says the COVID-19

outbreak will have an effect on the next cruise

season, but this impact is not yet clear.

“We continue to watch the situation as it

develops, and work with relevant industry

interests and agencies to remain informed.

However, there are numerous factors that

affect the situation, not least of which is how

long border restrictions remain in place.”

The berth remains on track to be complete

in time for the 2020/2021 cruise ship season.

With the last concrete

pour on the cruise berth's

wharf deck complete,

construction crews are

on the home stretch.

LPC UPDATE June 2020


“I understand that the Port is part of a thriving

local community. We will continue to work

closely with our neighbours, and aim to

operate in a way that respects the needs of

those who live and work around us.”

Roger with his wife

Caroline and three

children, twins Jacqueline

and Emily (15) and son

Sebastian (13). Roger’s

children live in Sydney

with their mother, and

Roger and Caroline make

regular visits to Sydney a

top priority.

At the helm: Meet Lyttelton

ort’s new Chief Executive Officer

Roger Gray

Since February, Roger Gray has

been at the helm of the South

Island’s largest Port, proudly

leading a team of over 600

Cantabrians to keep our region


Since February, Roger Gray has been at the

helm of the South Island’s largest Port, proudly

leading a team of over 600 Cantabrians to keep

our region moving.

The first few months of Roger’s tenure

at Lyttelton Port have not been without

challenge. In March the COVID-19 pandemic

hit New Zealand, which saw the need to

drastically change the way the Port operated

to ensure the team could safely work.

As the Port slowly returns to a ‘new normal’

way of working, Roger says he has been

impressed with the team’s approach to the

challenges COVID-19 created.

“I know our team is resilient – they

proved this during the earthquakes and they

have proven this again during COVID-19.

All our people continued working, despite

the uncertainty, to support the South Island’s


Before joining LPC, Roger was Group

General Manager Airports at Air New Zealand.

In this role he managed all ground handling

and lounge operations at 55 airports around

the globe, covering 2,700 staff who handle

18 million passengers annually. Prior to this,

Roger was Group General Manager Business

Performance at Air New Zealand.

Roger also has experience as Managing

Director – Australia for the Blue Star Print

Group. He has also held several senior

leadership roles with Goodman Fielder,

including Managing Director of Quality Bakers

– New Zealand and Supply Chain Director for

Goodman Fielder Baking – Australia.

Born and raised in Australia, Roger has

worked as a Logistician at the Sydney

Organising Committee for the Olympics

Games, and was also an officer in the

Australian Army.

While the first three months of Roger’s

time at LPC has been disrupted by COVID-19,

he says through engagement with staff and

unions, it has become clear LPC needs to focus

improving workplace culture.

He says work has begun on developing a

set of values and behaviours collaboratively

with all staff at LPC, which will set the way

forward as to how people are expected to

act and behave, and what it means to be an

employee of LPC.

Firmly focused on the future of the

country’s third-largest Port, Roger is

confident the team is up for the challenge.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time with

our teams across the business – from

the Container Terminal to Maintenance,

CityDepot and MidlandPort in Rolleston.

The LPC whānau is proud, committed, and

ready for the future.

“We must ensure the Port is sustainable,

remains the preferred choice for importers

and exporters and delivers fit-forpurpose

infrastructure for our people and


Strong engagement with the harbour

community is also a focus for LPC,

says Roger.

“I understand that the Port is part of a

thriving local community. We will continue

to work closely with our neighbours, and aim

to operate in a way that respects the needs of

those who live and work around us.”


LPC UPDATE June 2020

eefer towers

aking shape

Reefer towers

in numbers

All refer containers need power to keep

foodstuffs chilled, reefer towers provide

access to the power units.

LPC Reefer Care

Officer Ron Crosby has

worked on the wharf

for over 10 years, tasked

with ensuring the

reefer containers filled

with the South Island’s

frozen vegetables,

frozen meat and fish

and chilled dairy and

meat are kept at the

perfect temperature.

He’s pictured with our

new purpose-built

reefer towers.


The reefer towers are

10m by 60m long

Last year, LPC exported 31,447

twenty-foot equivalent (TEU)

reefer containers – including a

fair few donuts from Original

Foods Baking Co.

We also imported 10,927 TEUs containing

bananas, frozen dairy products and other

chilled goods enjoyed by South Islanders

every day.

Ensuring these products get to

supermarket chiller is a dedicated Reefer

Team, who are experts in handling

refrigerated containers.

LPC Reefer Care Officer Ron Crosby has

worked on the wharf for over 10 years, tasked

with ensuring the reefer containers filled

with the South Island’s frozen vegetables,

frozen meat and fish and chilled dairy and

meat are kept at the perfect temperature.

Ron is also pretty excited about the

progress on our four purpose-built reefer

towers in the Lyttelton Container Terminal

(LCT), improving our capacity to export

local produce to the world and meet future

shipping demands.

Each reefer tower will be 60 metres long

and 10 metres high. The towers will also

deliver substantial benefits in health and

safety by introducing hard-engineered

separation between our team working on

the reefers, and the straddles operating in

the LCT.

Brightwater Engineering is the main

contractor working on the project, and

Higgins is subcontracted to Brightwater to

complete the civil construction works.

Ron has been involved in giving feedback

on the towers to the project team, ensuring

the towers tick all the boxes.

“It’s great to see all the measurements we’d

given for the towers in action – it’s going to be

really good to have these modern facilities.”

The towers will be completed by August

2020. If you would like to take a look at the

towers taking shape, you get a great view

from the Sumner Road lookout.


TEUs with chilled

goods exported in 2019


TEUs with chilled

goods imported in 2019


Towers due to be completed

by August this year


LPC UPDATE June 2020

“In order for our

products to maintain

their freshness and

deliciousness it’s

critical that they get

from A to B quickly

and Lyttelton Port

plays a major role in

that process”.

Sweet success:

Original Foods Baking Co.

If you grew up in Christchurch

in the ‘90s, chances are you’ve

tasted a delicious donut baked

by Original Foods Baking Co.

From supplying donuts to the majority of

the city’s fish and chip shops, to exporting

brownies, slices and muffins through

Lyttelton Port, success has been sweet for

this New Zealand family-owned business.

Original Foods Baking Co. National Sales

Manager Will Jones says since 1991, the

business has steadily expanded from its

initial small operation to the multi-milliondollar

success story it is today. The company’s

range now includes over 90 delicious baked

goods including cakes, donuts, muffins,

brownies, slices and bites sold under the

Original Foods Baking Co, Goofy, Bite

Me and supermarket brands.

“In 2016, we marked our 25th year in

business and decided to do a major brand

refresh to better reflect our company’s

personality and commitment to quality,

freshly baked goods and moved into our $10m

purpose built factory at Wigram, said Will.

“Our new Original Foods Baking Co brand

was born, complete with our cheeky, smiling

monkey logo.

“Our brand defines the culture of our

company being a fun, open and inclusive

workplace based on mutual respect and

shared vision.”

Today, Original Foods Baking Co’s treats

are big business in New Zealand and abroad,

with the company’s products found in leading

supermarkets, cafés, catering companies,

airlines, restaurants and tourism businesses.

“We pride ourselves on the real, homebaked

taste of our products, said Will.

“The not-so-secret-secret to their taste is

that they are made from real recipes, with

real NZ fresh ingredients wherever possible

and minimal preservatives and additives.

“When it comes to our export products,

they are baked fresh, then frozen and loaded

straight into refrigerated containers for

delivery to Lyttelton Port.

“In order for our products to maintain

their freshness and deliciousness it’s critical

that they get from A to B quickly and

Lyttelton Port plays a major role in that


Asked what makes their approach to

baking so successful, Will says it is simple.

“Our home baked taste. The long list of

awards our goods have received proves

that our products are light years away from

the mass-produced, preservative-laden,

cardboard-tasting goods that can be found


“We are also conscious of being as

sustainable as possible and giving back to

our community.

“Our Wigram production facility is an

exemplar of energy and resource efficiency.

“We have a sophisticated recycling

process, we are an associate member of

RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm

Oil), we provide support to various charity

organisations and value our staff as part of

our Original Foods Baking Co family.

“This all combines to be the recipe of our

success,” said Will.

As for the future of their baking? It’s

looking pretty sweet, with a firm focus on

continuing to create indulgent, quality treats.


“It’s getting harder to find drivers,

so encouraging women and young people

is one way to make sure we don’t have

a shortage. Some women just have a lack

of confidence, so the organisation is about

women raising each other up…”

LPC UPDATE June 2020

eceival and Delivery Manager

bbey Clapp

Receival and Delivery Manager

Abbey Clapp enjoys

a good challenge. She first

came to work at LPC when

she was 18 years old. In her

mid-20s, she left to do a 5-year

stint at transport company

NZ Express.

eceival and Delivery Manager Abbey Clapp

njoys a good challenge. She first came to

ork at LPC when she was 18 years old. In

er mid-20s, she left to do a 5-year stint at

ransport company NZ Express.

She came back to LPC 2 years ago to

ake on the task of implementing a vehicle

ooking system that has dramatically

educed waiting and turnaround times for

rucks at the Port.

“When I was at NZ Express, it was common

for drivers to be queuing for 1–3 hours. That

made it hard to schedule the day or to predict

the workload. We couldn’t give customers

an accurate delivery time. As a dispatch

manager, I would often start work feeling

defeated,” Abbey says.

The vehicle booking system allows

transport vehicles to book times to deliver

and collect cargo from the Port. In the past,

trucks would turn up without a schedule

and often faced long waits. The system has

brought the average truck turn time down

to around 30 minutes. Multiply that time

savings by the 1,200–1,600 trucks coming

through the depot and Port each week, and

you have a lot of efficiencies saved.

The vehicle booking system also benefits

the wider community, with fewer trucks

travelling along Brougham Street during

peak morning and evening commute times.

Abbey says the challenges of her job are

different every day – and she likes it that

way. She says it has been very satisfying to

oversee the implementation of a system that

she knows makes a difference to transport

companies all around the city.

Abbey manages eight people in her role

and says the people make her job great.

“There are a lot of people involved in making

the vehicle booking system work – from the

office staff to operations. Everyone is very

friendly and positive. They just get in and get

it done.”

Abbey says transport is still a maledominated

industry, but she joined Women in

Road Transport NZ to help change that. The

organisation helped introduce flexible work

options like shift sharing to make it easier for

women with families to work in the industry.

“It’s getting harder to find drivers, so

encouraging women and young people is one

way to make sure we don’t have a shortage.

Some women just have a lack of confidence,

so the organisation is about women raising

each other up,” Abbey says.

Abbey Clapp first

came to work at LPC

when she was 18 years

old. She came back

to LPC 2 years ago

to take on the task

of implementing a

vehicle booking system

that has dramatically

reduced waiting and

turnaround times for

trucks at the Port.

LPC UPDATE June 2020





LPC Environmental

Advisor Dr Crystal Lenky

(left) and ESR scientist

Dr Olga Pantos hold

the structures used

to test the impact of

microplastics on our


LPC is committed to engaging

with and supporting the

Harbour Basin and other

communities in which it

operates. We are proud of our

community, and we want to

support it.


ocean plastics

cientists predict that, by 2050,

here will be more plastic in

he ocean than fish, but what

mpact that will have on

ew Zealand’s marine

nvironment is unclear.

LPC is hosting a study led by ESR to learn

more. In a trial last year, two types of plastics

were attached to the pontoon outside

Waterfront House. In March this year, the

second phase of the study will have five types

of common plastics – new samples that are

artificially aged – which will be kept in the

sea for 12 months.

The researchers will be looking at how the

plastics change over time. What chemicals

do they absorb, and what chemicals do they

release? How quickly do they degrade, and

what types of organisms grow on them.

ESR scientist Olga Pantos says, “In this

part of the study, we’re looking at whether

plastics can act as rafts for marine organisms

that could threaten New Zealand’s marine

biosecurity by bringing in pathogens and

other marine pests that wouldn’t otherwise

be able to reach us.”

The project team will also look at the

microbes that interact with the plastics to see

if any have the ability to use the plastics as

an energy source and therefore degrade it.

“If we’re finding microbes that are able to

degrade plastic, then we may be able to find a

solution for the huge amount of plastic waste

that we have. It’s a huge way down the track,

but we have to start somewhere. We may be

able to develop new plastics with a structure

that can be broken down by microbes.”

One of the five plastics being tested in

the March study is PLA, which is sold as a

compostable plastic – but to compost, the

plastic needs very specific conditions, which

are not found in the ocean.

“Very little is known about potential risks

of PLA. It doesn’t go away in the sea. Animals

could eat it and be affected in the same way

as eating any other plastic,” Olga says.

This is the first study of its kind in New

Zealand, and Olga hopes it will be a step

towards addressing what she calls a “huge

knowledge gap” in this area.

“My background is marine biology, and

I’ve always had a massive love of the ocean

and concern for the impact of plastics. The

solution is easy – we just stop putting plastic

in the sea – but we’ve gone a bit beyond that

now. This study will help us understand

the risk that plastic poses for the coastal

ecosystem. If you can understand the risk,

then you can make changes to mitigate that

risk” she says.

LPC Environment Manager Kim Kelleher

says, “We’re really focused on being part of

the solution and aiming to improve by doing

things like reducing the plastic we use, looking

for alternative products, managing our waste

effectively and doing coastal


“Some of our team are so committed,

they’re adopting areas and doing their own

shoreline clean-ups,” says Kim. “We have also

sponsored Te Puna Auaha Trust to establish a

community-based plastics remaking initiative

here at the Port.”

LPC is committed to engaging with and

supporting the Harbour Basin and other

communities in which it operates. We are

proud of our community, and we want to

support it.

In our latest sponsorship round, LPC

has renewed its sponsorship for Lyttelton

Rugby Club junior teams, Lyttelton Netball

Club, Whangaraupo Netball Club, Lyttelton

Seafarer’s Centre, Quail Island Ecological

Restoration Trust and Banks Peninsula

Conservation Trust.

We agreed to support the Diamond

Harbour School 75th anniversary dinner

and their upcoming enviro-camp at

Living Springs.

We have also sponsored groups in the

area surrounding MidlandPort in Rolleston

with support for West Rolleston Primary

School to purchase school jackets and the

Rolleston Scout Group with support for an

upcoming jamboree.

We have also continued our

commitment to take part of the Ronald

McDonald House South Island Family

Dinner Programme.

Each month a different team from

LPC volunteers to cook dinner for families

with a child in Christchurch Hospital.

For more information about

LPC sponsorships, visit


LPC UPDATE June 2020


the bar in





Blue Planet Marine

Mammal Observer

Maryjane Waru watches

out for Hector’s Dolphins

at our cruise berth

construction site.

At LPC, we’re really privileged

to work in an environment

where daily sightings of

dolphins are pretty common,

and we want to keep it that

way. That is why, when

constructing our cruise

berth, we worked with

New Zealand’s leading marine

mammal experts to design the

system for protecting marine


LPC Environment and Planning Manager

Kim Kelleher says the wharf has been

specifically designed with our special marine

wildlife in mind using the smallest and least

number of piles we could, which minimised

the underwater noise during construction.

“We came up with a design that reduced the

underwater noise levels during construction

by over 90%,” says Kim.

“It’s a great example of designing with

nature in mind. The LPC team also worked

with leading scientific experts from

Cawthron Institute and Blue Planet Marine

and consulted with the Department of

Conservation to develop the Marine Mammal

Management Plan.

“The plan focuses on ways to minimise

the potential impacts and manage the risks

to Hector’s dolphins, particularly around

underwater noise,” says Kim.

Since then, similar measures have been

adopted at a number of other marine

construction sites in New Zealand, including

the America’s Cup project. “We’re incredibly

proud of raising the bar in New Zealand for

the standard of ensuring marine mammals

are protected on construction jobs,” says Kim.

A key part of keeping dolphins safe on

the cruise berth project has been the use of

highly trained marine mammal observers

from Blue Planet Marine to constantly

monitor a zone around the construction

works called the Marine Mammal

Observation Zone. If dolphins are seen in

this zone, the observer calls a shutdown and

piling stops immediately until the animal has

left the zone.

In the first year of the project, the job was

halted 100 times because dolphins were in

the 450 metre observation zone.

“The really great thing has been the

culture around this on the construction

site. The HEB Construction team was really

happy to halt for a dolphin. They really

genuinely wanted to make sure the dolphins

were protected, which was a pleasure to work

with,” says Kim.

The location and extent of the zone is

based on Hector’s dolphins’ sensitivity to

noise and modelled underwater noise levels

caused by piling. Modelling and measuring

noise levels showed a separation zone of

450 metres would ensure the dolphins were

protected from pile-driving noise at the

cruise berth.

There is also a large amount of

observation data on Hector’s dolphins that

has been collected throughout the project,

including extensive underwater acoustic

data collected by Styles Group, who have

been using underwater devices to monitor

the sounds Hector’s dolphins make at eight

monitoring sites in Lyttelton Harbour since

January 2017. Four sites also monitor the total

underwater noise.

“We will be working with those experts

to publish the results and findings of the

extensive monitoring programme and

research, which is really exciting,” says Kim.

Marine mammals

in numbers:


Underwater noise levels



Work was halted one

hundred times in the first

year from dolphins in the

observation zone


Separation zone to

ensure the protection of

marine mammals

LPC UPDATE June 2020


Next issue due

out Spring 2020.

Article ideas to

John Lewis’



rotecting Lyttelton


Lyttelton local and Te Ana

Marina berth holder Ietje

van Stolk is passionate about

doing her bit to ensure the

health of Whakaraupō/

Lyttelton Harbour for

future generations by being

conscious of her waste

disposal habits.

he busy central-city physio and her

usband Rom love spending weekends on

heir launch, La Paz, which is berthed in

he heart of Te Ana Marina. Ietje enjoys

addle boarding around the harbour or

imply relaxing in the hammock of the

aunch’s deck.

“I grew up in Holland, and we were always

n boats on the water – on the canals, on lakes

so when we came here 30 years ago, I fell in

ove with the place. Lyttelton is just beautiful.”

When the van Stolk’s Lyttelton home

nderwent earthquake repairs last year,

hey spent 6 months living in Te Ana Marina

n La Paz.

Despite living and spending time in the

onfined space of a boat, Ietje says it hasn’t

een hard to keep up with good recycling and

aste disposal habits.

“We have a recycling bag and a general

waste bag on board. When we pass the bins

to leave the marina each day, we just take

our time to make sure everything goes in the

correct bins – it takes less than a minute.”

Ietje is also conscious to avoid plastic where

she can, opting for more eco-friendly reusable

bags, which she also uses for rubbish.

“I think we all have a responsibility to look

after the harbour. We use it, so we need to

take care of it,” she says.

“If the sea is not healthy, the fish and the

marine mammals will disappear – I don’t want

that for my children and grandchildren.”

Ietje encourages all boaties to do their

bit by using the waste and recycling bins

available on all entries to berths. These bins

are clearly labelled with what can and can’t

be recycled.

Te Ana Marina Business Manager Matt

Blythe says, like Ietje, the marina team has

a firm focus on recycling and reducing waste

to landfill.

Matt says Te Ana Marina has signed up to

the Marina Industries Association pledge to

reduce and eventually eliminate the use of

single-use plastics by 2025.

“Initially, we pledged to reduce and

eventually eliminate the use of single-use

plastics through monitoring and recycling.

“Te Ana Marina relies on having

clean waterways and a pristine marine

environment for our customers and

community to enjoy. That’s why we’re

committed to making the change.”

Te Ana Marina

berth holder Ietje van

Stolk is passionate

about reducing her

environmental impact.

LPC would like to acknowledge the

contribution of John Lewis and express our

thanks as he steps down as a representative

of Te Hapū ō Ngāti Wheke on the

Manawhenua Advisory Group.

In 2014, a Joint Statement was signed

between Lyttelton Port Company and Te

Hapū ō Ngāti Wheke, who share a long term

interest in the future of Whakaraupō as both

a working port and a thriving mahinga kai.

John, who lives with his whanau in

Rāpaki, has contributed to the Manawhenua

Advisory Group since its inception in 2014,

ensuring the Port and the Hapū work

together to fulfil our common responsibility

as custodians and kaitiaki of Lyttelton


In particular, as part of the Manawhenua

Advisory Group, John’s contribution was

significant in ensuring Manawhenua’s

cultural values were recognised in the

Port’s recovery and developments after the

Canterbury Earthquakes

We thank John for his expertise,

knowledge and guidance, which have been

an asset to the Advisory Group.

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