Harbourwatch blog

A behind-the-scenes look at the work going on in Lyttelton harbour

Wed 02 Oct

First concrete pour on Cruise Berth


Excellent progress is being made on New Zealand's first purpose-built cruise berth, with well over half of the main wharf piles now successfully driven, and work has started on the construction of the main wharf deck.

The construction of the main wharf deck involves a number of concrete pours. The first major concrete pour is planned to take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019, and subsequent pours will take place every few weeks until mid-2020. This work will start between 3 am and 5 am to ensure operations run efficiently. 

Noise Impacts:

350 cubic metres of concrete is needed for this first concrete pour, which means concrete trucks will be travelling to Lyttelton.

There may be some noise impact during this time.

If you want to know more detail about the project and how it might affect you, you can either:

· Keep an eye on Harbourwatch, read the existing information, get daily or weekly updates, read the blog or ask us a question

· Sign up to our regular Harbourwatch newsletter (emailed) by emailing questions@lpc.co.nz

Call Jared Pettersson, the Project Environmental Adviser on 03 328 8198.

We appreciate your understanding while we create a world-class Cruise Berth for Lyttelton and Canterbury.  


Wed 28 Aug

Come and talk to us about the proposed Port activities on the Te Awaparahi Bay Reclamation.

Where & When?

Governors  Bay, Wednesday 4th  September  6pm-7.30pm, Community
Diamond  Harbour, Thursday 5th  September  5.30pm-7pm, The Green Room at the Community Hall, 
Lyttelton, Saturday 7th September 9am-12pm, Port Talk, Corner London & Oxford Streets 

Te Awaparahi Bay Reclamation
Lyttelton Port Company has consents to reclaim land and build wharves within a 34ha footprint in Te Awaparahi Bay. 

Reclamation works are underway and the first half of the reclamation is expected to be completed by 2021. 

You can find out more about the reclamation at www.lpcharbourwatch.co.nz  or read the application on the CCC website here.

Port Activities 

In order to use the reclaimed land, LPC needs a 'land use consent' from the Christchurch City Council. This consent has recently been publicly notified.

If you have questions about the project or consent, come and have a chat with us at one of the sessions outlined above.

Fri 16 Aug

Te Ana Marina Woolstore Investor Announced

Hospitality and retail establishments will soon to be breathing life into Lyttelton’s west side waterfront, following the commitment of successful Christchurch investors The Peebles Group to the Woolstore development at Te Ana Marina.

The Peebles Group is headed by Richard Peebles and has played a major role in the revitalisation of Christchurch’s city centre. The Group will bring its trademark innovation to The Woolstore development.

The Woolstore’s rustic character offers 720 square metres of ground floor space and features expanse views over the marina, plentiful onsite car parking as well as a pedestrian link connecting Te Ana Marina to Lyttelton.

Some of the Peebles Group’s city developments undertaken with his partners Mike Percasky and Kris Inglis, include the vibrant Little High restaurant complex and the soon to be opened Riverside farmers’ market and Riverside retail complex.

Richard Peebles says he is looking forward to bringing central-city style hospitality and retail vibrancy to the unique waterfront site.

“I just love this building and the waterfront position overlooking the amazing new marina is incredible.  Where else in Christchurch do you get a view like this?  Lyttelton has so much history and potential, you look out over this world class marina you can almost see the shadow of the first four ships lying at anchor out there.

“LPC have done a great job with the new marina and the precinct development, the potential here is huge.”

Lyttelton Port Company Chief Executive Peter Davie says The Woolstore development will once again open up Lyttelton’s Harbourside for public use.

“Te Ana Marina has already started this process, and the Woolstore is the next stage of making the harbour a place where people can connect and enjoy the waterfront.

“We’re excited to see the buzz of restaurants and retail in Lyttelton. Almost all of the 170 floating berths at Te Ana Marina are leased, meaning the Woolstore will already benefit from a captive audience of marina users.

“We are delighted to work with Richard who is a well-respected investor and known for his creative approach to his developments.”

Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Banks Peninsula Ward Andrew Turner welcomed the announcement.

“This announcement represents further positive progress at Te Ana Marina. The community has been impressed with the development of the new facilities and the long awaited public waterfront access which Te Ana provides,” said Mr Turner.

“This latest development, announced today, will lead to the opening of businesses which can only enhance the Te Ana experience for visitors and users. I look forward to seeing this area thrive as an excellent addition to Lyttelton’s existing offering in a way that will attract more visitors to both Lyttelton and the Harbour,” Andrew Turner says.

Richard Peebles sees The Woolstore as an exciting opportunity for a multi-use waterfront retail and hospitality development. “We have opportunities available for hospitality, small office and retail tenants with amazing marina views and waterfront location. Achieving a diverse tenant mix will make The Woolstore an all-day vibrant destination, which will become a popular spot for tourists, the Lyttleton residents and our local Christchurch visitors to gather and enjoy.”

The Peebles Group’s vision for The Woolstore includes small diverse retail activities, a local bar and restaurant, a gym which could have spin classes on the promenade, as well as small offices with unrivaled views.

“Our plans are being finalised and we are looking forward to engaging with prospective tenants over the coming weeks. We will be commencing building work very shortly,” said Mr Peebles.

Thu 15 Aug

Cruise Berth Piles Reach Halfway Point

Progress on LPC’s Cruise Berth has reached another milestone, with over half of the main wharf piles now successfully driven.

LPC’s Engineering Project Manager Paul Kelly says 34 out of a total of 64 main wharf piles have now been driven to full depth at approximately 65m below ground level.

When complete, a total of 3.8 kilometres of main wharf piles will have been used in the project.

Paul says it’s great to reach this point, with the project on track to be complete by November 2020, in time for the 2020/2021 Cruise Ship Season.

“The contractors HEB Construction and designers Beca have done an excellent job, as there is a lot that goes on technically to ensure piles are driven correctly and have the required capacity.”

Paul says there will be a great deal of activity happening onsite from now on.

Piling will continue with a small access bridge being constructed at the mid-span of the wharf to allow servicing of the piling, and the construction of the permanent wharf deck will begin.

Dredging along the berth pocket of the new wharf is also complete, and the current area of focus for the dredging team is the zone between Cashin Quay 4 and the Cruise berth.

The Patiki barge will also be assisting with the placement of geotexxtile fabric underwater, before the slope is covered by rock bags.

“There are a total of 2500 four tonne rock bag units that will be placed on top of the geotextile fabric to hold it in place and provide protection to the dredged slope,”  says Paul.

With all this action onsite, Paul says HEB Construction have done a good job of sequencing and forward planning.

“It is such a compact project in terms of space, HEB has really had to think about space and where plant can fit during all these different activities.”

For daily updates on the Cruise Berth project, click here

Thu 15 Aug

Land Use Consents for Te Awaparahi Bay to be publically notified by CCC

The Christchurch City Council (CCC) will soon be publicly notifying LPC’s land use consents to enable the establishment and operation of port activities on reclaimed land at Te Awaparahi Bay.

LPC has obtained consents to reclaim the land from Environment Canterbury. This application is for the phased establishment and operation of a container terminal and other port activities on this reclaimed land at the eastern end of Lyttelton Port.

LPC has applied for two land use consents. The first land use consent will enable the construction and operation of the container terminal and other port activities on Reclamation A.  The second land use consent will enable the construction and operation of the container terminal and other port activities on Reclamation B (see site map below).

The public will be given the opportunity to make submissions on these consents and details will be set out in the notification from CCC.

Public consultation ‘drop in’ sessions will be held by LPC in Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay and Lyttelton. Keep an eye on Harbourwatch in the coming weeks for the schedule.

Above: Location of the proposed port activities on Reclamation A and Reclamation B.
Above: Location of the proposed port activities on Reclamation A and Reclamation B.
Thu 20 Jun

Recommitment of Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour Plan

The five partners of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan have signed a new memorandum of understanding highlighting their ongoing commitment to improving the health of the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour catchment.

The plan is a long-term vision for the area and was launched last year. The previous memorandum of understanding signed in 2016 discussed the specifics of the plan, while this new document will supersede that and focus on implementation to deliver the actions.

The partners are: Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Lyttelton Port Company, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. The document was signed at the governance meeting this week.

Chair of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour partnership Yvette Couch-Lewis of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke said the new memorandum was another positive step forward.

“This document is about making a commitment to the community to ensure the long-term sustainability of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour,” Couch-Lewis said.

“The harbour catchment area is important to so many people and we want the community to engage with us to help improve its ecological and cultural health.”

During the past 12 months a collection of key projects have begun or received support from Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour, including:

·         Ngāti Wheke-led ‘Head of the Harbour’ project, working with landowners to reduce sediment and contaminant inputs into streams and saltmarsh

·         Environment Canterbury-led soil mapping of the Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour catchment

·         Ōtamahua/Quail Island Restoration Trust plant and animal pest control work

·         Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay and Lyttelton Schools restoration and environmental education projects

Late last year Karen Banwell was appointed Whakaraupō programme manager.

A Community Advisory Group for the plan was established recently. The group will act as a mechanism for community engagement and provide advice on how the plan can support or initiate community-led projects.


A new website for the plan and to document the projects associated with it was launched this week: www.healthyharbour.org.nz  

Fri 14 Jun

Te Awaparahi Bay Reclamation moves ahead

Excellent progress is being made on the Te Awaparahi Bay reclamation, with two split hopper barges working to dump hardfill into the second phase of the project.

Hard fill material from our Gollan's Bay quarry is being taken by truck onto a barge, and from there moved by excavator to a split hopper barge which places the rock into the reclamation area.

This process is repeated at least 7 to 9 times a day, as part of the second stage of the reclamation project. 

The first 10ha of the reclamation has already been completed, this is the second stage, creating an additional 6ha.

Thu 13 Jun

Plastics Project at LPC



Headed up by The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) the Aotearoa Impacts and Mitigation of Microplastics project is taking place in sites across the country, including Lyttelton.

You may have seen ESR research scientist Olga Pantos and her team on the Waterfront House pontoon, which is where one of the pilot trials is taking place.

"To investigate what is happening to the plastics that get into our oceans, and what this means for our environment, we are doing controlled experiments by putting known plastics out into the sea and looking at what settles and grows on them, what chemical pollutants concentrate up on them, and the changes that occur to the plastic itself," says Olga.

There is estimated to be over 15 trillion pieces of microplastic debris in the world’s oceans, 80 per cent of which originate from land-based activities.

Worldwide there is increasing public and regulatory concern about the impact of microplastics on our environment, food, and health.

"Differences in the properties of different plastics may affect how they interact with biota and their impacts on the environment," says Olga.

"To address this we are using a range of different plastics in our experiment.

"The pilot study we are currently running has two commonly used plastics, which are also commonly found in the marine environment; nylon (e.g. cable ties) and polyethylene (e.g. plastic bags).

"These plastics will be left out for three months, with samples taken for analysis at three times over this period."

LPC's Environment and Planning Manager Kim Kelleher says her team is excited to be involved.

"We know our teams here at the Port care for the harbour and are really concerned about plastic pollution, so this is a great opportunity for us to help out with this important research."

LPC is proud to be involved in this project, and we will keep you updated with any developments and research findings.

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