Environment Canterbury wins national award for collaboration

Environment Canterbury was nationally recognised for its role in the Kaikōura Harbour Remediation Project at the 2018 New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Awards.

The regional council won the BERL Collaborative Government Action Award which recognises outstanding results achieved through local authorities working with other government agencies.

Helping the community to recover

The November 2016 earthquake resulted in the seabed of Kaikōura’s South Harbour lifting by a metre, rendering the harbour unusable and posing a significant risk to two of the mainstays of the local economy (tourism and fishing).

Environment Canterbury and Kaikōura District Council determined restoring the South Bay harbour was vital to helping the community recover from the earthquake.

Working together with Ngāi Tahu, local tourism operators, NCTIR and other government agencies, the harbour was restored to better than before and officially opened on the first anniversary of the earthquake on 14 November 2017.

Supporting communities and partners

The judges commended Environment Canterbury for its leadership in the initial stages of the project.

“This was a project that was critical to the future of the Kaikōura community.  Environment Canterbury acted as a focal point around which the other partners in the alliance could rally and deliver in an effective blending of regional and local leadership for the benefit of all. 

“This is also a good example of a project transitioning from regional to local control – effective leadership is sometimes about knowing when to step back.  

“We congratulate Environment Canterbury and the other members of the transport alliance for its success,” judges said.

Environment Canterbury chief executive Bill Bayfield said: “The success of this project was thanks to a collaborative effort from everyone involved. If it weren’t for the efforts of all of these agencies willing to work together, we couldn’t have achieved this.”

Acknowledging partners 

Environment Canterbury would like to acknowledge all those involved in the project including:

  • Kaikōura District Council mayor Winston Gray, and chief executive Angela Oosthuizon
  • Arihia Bennet and Robyn Wallace from Ngāi Tahu
  • Sarah Stuart-Black, CDEM
  • Justin Hall as the NCTIR Harbour Project Manager
  • Fergus Gammie and Tommy Parker, NZTA
  • Peter Reidy, Kiwirail
  • Dave Brash, DPMC
  • Kauahi Ngapora, Whalewatch
  • Dennis Buurman, Dolphin Encounter