Chapman Tripp wins award for Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

​Chapman Tripp has been recognised by the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) for its exemplary work on the Lyttelton Port Recovery Project which included the largest ever environmental monitoring programme for dredging in New Zealand.

Chapman Tripp, Andrew Purves Planning & Resource Management Ltd and Enviser Ltd received the RMLA Project Award 2019 at the RMLA’s annual conference during its award dinner on 27 September in Christchurch.

The awards committee said, “It was agreed to award the Lyttelton Port Recovery the Project Award this year because of the breadth and comprehensive nature of the Lyttelton Port Recovery Project, and because of unique issues that it raised in response to the Christchurch earthquakes.”

The award citation reads, “For an innovative and inclusive consideration of the unique issues raised by the Christchurch earthquakes.”

Lyttelton Port Company Limited engaged Chapman Tripp in relation to a range of port recovery projects following the extensive damage caused to its port infrastructure by the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Chapman Tripp partner Jo Appleyard worked on the project with Enviser Director Jared Pettersson and Planning & Resource Management Director Andrew Purves.

Appleyard said, ”We are honoured to be recognised for the extensive work we did on this unique and important project.

“After Lyttelton Port suffered extensive damage in the 2011 earthquakes, Lyttelton Port Company Limited engaged us to take on the challenge of gaining consents for the keystone Recovery Plan enabling the Port to be rebuilt with capacity for the future.”

Through implementation of the Recovery Plan, the Port, which provides work for 500 people, was able to consent and implement a range of technically complicated advanced developments.

The project demonstrated best practice including lengthy consultations with iwi and the community, state of the art innovative monitoring plus mitigation mechanisms and techniques and methods to ensure adverse effects on the environment, marine life, aquaculture and the wildlife population including Hector’s Dolphins were mitigated.

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