Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was notified in the Gazette on 19 November 2015 and took effect from that date. It provides for the repair, rebuild and reconfiguration of Lyttelton Port and the redevelopment of Te Ana/Dampier Bay.

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan establishes how transport issues and construction effects will be managed during the redevelopment.

It also directs Environment Canterbury, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council and Lyttelton Port Company Limited to work together to develop a management plan to improve the health of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and its catchment.

  • More information on Lyttelton Port's redevelopment can be found here
View background to the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

In June 2014, the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery ("Minister") directed the Environment Canterbury to prepare a Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan. This direction was made pursuant to section 16 (4) of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

A recovery plan developed under the CER Act was necessary in the circumstances because in comparison to standard Resource Management Act process, it enabled an expedited recovery; provided greater planning certainty; enabled community participation in the planning of the recovery; and enabled the Port’s recovery to be considered in the context of the wider recovery of Lyttelton and greater Christchurch.

Lyttelton Port Company Limited consulted on its Port Lyttelton Plan between June and September 2014, which helped inform its information package presented to Environment Canterbury on November 13.

Environment Canterbury used this information to inform the development of a preliminary draft Plan in preparation for public consultation and a hearing on the preliminary draft Plan to inform decision making before submitting the draft Plan to the Minister for further public notification.

Environment Canterbury developed the preliminary draft and draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan in consultation with Christchurch City Council, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, New Zealand Transport Agency, Department of Conservation.

Amendments to other plans

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan directs amendments to the following district and regional planning documents to enable Lyttelton Port's recovery:

These amendments are set out in Appendices 1 to 5 of the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan and have been incorporated into the planning documents.