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

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

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for. WE are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

It’s this sentiment – that everyone is a change maker – that encapsulates the essence and vision Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company have for the future of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour, and the basis of which the Whakaraupō /Lyttelton Harbour Catchment Management Plan (otherwise known as Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour) is built on.

Being a change maker in the context of Whakaraupō /Lyttelton Harbour is about recognising the area has some unique issues – sedimentation and erosion, pollution, protecting indigenous plants and marine life among other things- and being willing to get involved to ensure the harbour is protected and preserved for our children and grandchildren.

In November we launched the draft plan and invited anyone with an interest in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour to have a read, meet with us at both formal community meetings and drop-in sessions, and provide feedback which we could incorporate into the final plan.

Thank you again to all those who attended these meetings and all those who took the time to read the plan and give us your feedback and suggestions.  The biggest feedback we received was that it was an easy read for the community and you really enjoyed it.

For us, that was encouraging to hear because this plan is intended to be a community plan that
provides the overarching vision of the harbour and it is for the community to take ownership of and build on this vision.

We were excited by the enthusiasm the community had for being involved in turning this vision into a reality.
You also told us it was important to ensure children were involved in the implementation of the plan.  One way we intend on doing this is through supporting local schools in their environmental projects.

One question you asked was who will fund and ensure the implementation of this plan happens.  This is something the partner organisations are currently working on as the plan is finalised.

For those who are interested in learning more about the project, you can read the draft plan here.

The Whaka Ora Healthy Harbour project will be officially launched on March 7 at Rapaki Marae.
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