A recovery plan is important for the repair, rebuild and reconfiguration of the earthquake-damaged Port of Lyttelton.

The Port is the major gateway for the South Island for goods freighted by sea. It makes a significant contribution to the regional and national economy.

The plan is focused on port land and the surrounding coastal marine area, but also includes Norwich Quay and pockets of land in separate ownership within the geographic area. It will look at the recovery of the Port to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations, and consider the impact on the coastal marine area and the community, any implications on transport and the needs of users of both the Port and its surrounding areas. It will provide clear guidance about how the Port can be repaired and rebuilt, and will sit along side the Lyttelton Master Plan for the town centre to provide an integrated response to recovery planning for the area.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) and the Lyttelton Port Company are the lead agencies for the development of the recovery plan, however, there are a number of other agencies involved including the Council, each with specific project roles and responsibilities.

The Recovery Plan will be developed in three phases:

19 June 2014 Minister’s Direction to prepare a Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Phase I - completed

4 months from the date of Direction
Lyttelton Port Company lead
- Development of a long term vision for the effective repair, rebuild and restoration and enhancement of Lyttelton Port
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community
- Presentation of proposal with accompanying data, technical reports, impact assessments, consultation report and statements on the staging and funding of their proposal to Environment Canterbury

Phase II

9 months from receipt of all necessary information from the Lyttelton Port Company
Environment Canterbury lead
- Development of a preliminary draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan for consultation
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community
- Hearing process on the preliminary draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan
- Finalisation of a draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan
- Submission of the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan to the Minister - The Hearing began on 2 June 2015 and concluded 12 June 2015. The report will be available here in due course. If you have any questions please email Monique.eade@ecan.govt.nz To find out more, visit the ECan's website.

Phase III

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee, received the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan from Environment Canterbury (ECan) on Thursday 13 August 2015.  The preparation of a draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was directed in June 2014 by the Minister under section 16 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. 

The draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was started by Lyttelton Port Company and then developed by ECan in consultation with Christchurch City Council, NZ Transport Agency, Te Rūnunga o Ngāi Tahu, Department of Conservation, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils.  ECan also consulted with the Lyttelton Port Company.

Feedback from four weeks of public consultation on the preliminary draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan undertaken by ECan during April and May 2015 and a hearing during June has also helped to inform the draft Recovery Plan.

Following receipt of the draft Recovery Plan, the Minister publicly notified the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan and invited written comments on the draft Recovery Plan.  The written comment period closed at 5pm on Monday 31 August 2015.

The Minister will consider the written comments and the requirements of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act. He may make changes, no changes, or withdraw all or part of the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan. It is anticipated the Minister will make a decision at the end of October 2015.

For more information and to view a copy of the draft Recovery Plan visit www.cera.govt.nz/lprp(external link).

Update 19 November 2015

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was approved by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and released on 19 November 2015. Lyttelton Port was extensively damaged by the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and the Port’s infrastructure was already under pressure before the earthquakes.

The Recovery Plan will enable the Port to recover from the earthquakes and takes into account the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Lyttelton and greater Christchurch communities. It balances the need for a speedy recovery of the earthquake-damaged Port with the wider recovery needs of the community and is another milestone in the recovery of the Canterbury region.

More information about the Recovery Plan (external link)