Banks Peninsula Community Board

News, information and contact details for the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

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Contact the Community Board

If you want to get in touch with the board or have any questions, please contact:

Liz Carter - Community Board Advisor

03 941 5682 or 027 281 4835

Penelope Goldstone - Manager Community Governance (Akaroa/Wairewa)

03 941 5689 or 027 706 9013

Joan Blatchford - Manager Community Governance (Lyttelton)

03 941 5643 or 027 334 9471

Community Board members


Jamie Stewart

Akaroa  Subdivision 
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
027 243 3243





Nigel Harrison

Akaroa  Subdivision 
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
022 089 7019





Reuben Davidson

Lyttelton  Subdivision 
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
027 255 5899





Howard Needham

Mount Herbert Subdivision
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
021 256 7524





Tyrone Fields

Lyttelton Subdivision
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
021 100 4590





Tori Peden

Wairewa Subdivision
PO Box 73028, Christchurch 8154
021 295 0264





Andrew Turner

Banks Peninsula Ward 
PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154 
021 159 3100 

Community Board plan

The Banks Peninsula Community Board Plan 2017-19 [PDF, 1.2 MB] is the Board's vision for the future of Banks Peninsula.

By talking with our communities, we identified seven priority outcomes we'd like to achieve in the next couple of years.

Community resilience and connectedness Our communities are prepared for the impacts and consequences of natural hazards and can respond and recover quickly.
  Local communities are well-connected and supported by easily accessible community facilities.
Infrastructure Core infrastructure is provided, well-maintained and future-proofed.
Sense of place and heritage The cultural, natural and built heritage of Banks Peninsula is acknowledged, valued and enhanced.
Economic development and tourism Visitors to Banks Peninsula enhance the local economy and sustain and natural, social and heritage environments.
  Banks Peninsula is a viable place to live and work.
Environment The Banks Peninsula environment is well-managed, sustained and enhanced.

Community Service Awards 2018 recipients

Matt Ledgerwood and Bianca McKinnon-Gee

Matt and Bianca have been involved with the cadet programme in Little River for over six years. During their time with the cadets they’ve volunteered countless hours developing programmes, organising activities, such as day trips and camps, and have even secured grant funding to keep the programme free of charge for participants.

Matt Ledgerwood and Bianca McKinnon-Gee were nominated by Jennifer Sands and Shelly van Soest.

Juliet Ruth Adams

Juliet started the Lyttelton LIFT Library in 2011. Up until this month, she kept this community resource in her lounge, always available to members for pick up and drop off. Now, Juliet continues to oversee LIFT Library at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre. Juliet also volunteers in various other capacities to support Lytteltonians.

Juliet Ruth Adams was nominated by Wendy Everingham and Jill Larking.

Helen Braithwaite

Helen has been a member, and at times secretary, of the Cass Bay Residents’ Association since its formation in 1999 and also been the secretary of the Cass Bay Reserves Management Committee since its formation in 2015. She has extensive botanical knowledge and assisted in choosing the thousands of natives planted on the reserves. Over the years, she has also taken part in working bees by ordering the plants, delivering leaflets, and planting trees. She writes the Cass Bay Community Newsletter from time to time which keeps the community informed of the various reserve and community association activities.

Helen Braithwaite was nominated by Jenny Healey and Liz Hales.

John Keith Watson

John has been actively planting trees and maintaining tracks and walkways in the Diamond Harbour area for over 30 years. John has made a significant contribution to Diamond Harbour community through his dedication to the outdoors and the environment. In recent years, he’s assisted in developing the Diamond Harbour School track and the planting and weed control in Morgan’s Gully.

John Keith Watson was nominated by Christine Turner and Colin William McLeod.

Pete Timothy Ozich

Thanks to the quiet leadership of Pete the environment of Diamond Harbour has benefited by the creation of new tracks and the replacement of weed plants by thriving native vegetation. He is a founding member of the Diamond Harbour Reserves Management Committee and was the leading force behind the creation of the school track. Pete has been a leading member of the Morgan’s Gully restoration group and has worked to establish a native plant nursery at the Diamond Harbour School. Pete has also been instrumental in eradicating non-native species on the coastal track.

Pete Timothy Ozich was nominated by Christine Turner and Joy McLeod.

Andrew Mark Norris

From an early age Andrew Norris has been initiating community projects and working with community groups. When Andrew was in charge of the Governors Bay Sea Scouts, he created a fun and inclusive environment for local youth, always encouraging, teaching new skills and enabling youngsters to grow in confidence. As a parent of children at Governor’s Bay School, Andrew always helped out - driving the bus for school camps, getting together special items for the school fête, and helping at sailing/boating days at Charteris Bay. Andrew has also been a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years, first at the Lyttelton Brigade when he joined at the age of 18. He then moved and joined the Governors Bay Brigade in 1997 taking on the role as Chief Fire Officer in 2009.

Andrew Mark Norris was nominated by Karen Banwell and Vivienne Smith.

Al Park

Al Park is a Lyttelton music hero. Since 2008, he’s organised musicians for the Festival of Lights and Farmers’ Market. He often mentors young musicians and frequently coordinates free concerts. He put together the Harbour Union album and created Hearts Shall Anchor, Lyttelton’s annual earthquake remembrance event.

Al Park was nominated by Wendy Everingham and Claire Coates.

Frances Willems

Frances was instrumental in re-energising the Governors Bay Civil Defence team after years of declining numbers and response capability. She joined the team in 2011 and has used her administrative skills to build up the resources required to ensure an effective local welfare response to any civil defence declared emergency. During the recent Port Hills fires, she volunteered up to 16 hours a day, during the emergency, and 30 plus hours on debriefing and report writing. Her leadership and enthusiasm has kept the Governors Bay Civil Defence united.

Frances Willems was nominated by Wendy Coles and Helen Jasmine Chambers.

George James Birt

George has been a part of scouting for 50 years. He began his scouting life in a cub pack in Lyttelton, then moved to Scouts, Venturers, and onto leader himself. In 2009, he became the Regional Water Activities Advisor for the Upper South Island, and still holds this position. He’s been instrumental in running Scouting regattas, jamborees, and gang shows throughout the South Island. The community of Lyttelton, and beyond, has benefited from his passion and dedication for helping youth.

George James Birt was nominated by Ann Rebecca Toomey and Richard Marley Brown.

Jessica Erin Armstrong

Jessica has been the volunteer manager of the Seafarer Centre in Lyttelton since its inception 3 years ago. She’s grown the Centre into a place where people feel safe, warm, and welcomed in a foreign land. She’s trained all 21 volunteers who work there, and always provides inspiration and support to all. Although she’s the manager, she’s often found working alongside her fellows and filling in when others are away. The whole Lyttelton community is benefiting from what she’s achieved, including thousands of seafarers that visit Lyttelton Port each year.

Jessica Erin Armstrong was nominated by Robert Armstrong and Ashley Gilmour.

David Evans

Dave volunteered in the Wainui community most of his life. He’s served on the Wainui Residents Association for over 30 years, holding every position through to president. He’s been a volunteer fire-fighter with a fire unit based in the bay and is often involved in search and rescue of those in trouble in the bay waters. He was instrumental in the purchase and development of the residents Community Centre, and he has acted as the carer and rental contact since the purchase. He’s also help build many swim rafts for the young of the community over the years. When he’s not helping the human residents in our community, Dave is often monitoring the sea life, including mussels, paua, and kelp for the future generations of Banks Peninsula.

David Evans was nominated by Neville Dowie and Natalie Edwards.

Christine Wilson

Christine, a fifth generation Lytteltonian, was staunchly dedicated to her community. She was the co-founder of the Lyttelton Youth Group in the early 1990s and for years hosted large communal Sunday dinners at Holy Trinity Church. She mentored countless Lyttelton youth and was a long time community organizer at the Lyttelton Community House. She was also instrumental in coordinating the Annual Parihaka Remembrance Service. In addition to her volunteer work, Christine was the Chair of both the Lyttelton-Mt. Herbert Community Board and the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

Christine Wilson was nominated by the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

We acknowledge the passing of Christine Wilson on 26 May 2018, and extend our sympathies to her family and the wider community who loved and appreciated her dearly.

Banks Peninsula community mapping 2018

Community Board statistics and demographics