Support the Rod Donald Trust’s ongoing set up of Te Ahu Pātiki - the highest place in Christchurch/Ōtautahi.
We are hugely grateful to the public, The Press and Stuff for their support in our ‘Buy the Hill’ campaign, ensuring the protection of the highest maunga in the Christchurch/Ōtautahi area to set up a new conservation park. Fundraising has enabled the purchase of a 500ha block of iconic land overlooking Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō that includes the two highest peaks on Banks Peninsula, Mt Herbert/Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley.
We now look to the public to support the setting up the Park, including better fencing and more pest and weed control to protect the precious regenerating native forest, and help the Trust and its partner organisations to realise the vision for the Park. The Rod Donald Trust, Orton Bradley Park Trust and Te Hapū o Ngāti Wkeke are working in partnership to formulate a plan going forward, based around their shared values and aims for the future of the park. A covenant with the QEII National Trust will be placed on the land to ensure its protection in perpetuity.
This land creates a contiguous eco-corridor connecting over 1,700ha of land protected for nature -enabling birds like the Tūī to travel across the Peninsula and extend their range, and ki uta ki tai - summit to sea protection.
The last piece in the puzzle has come together, ensuring that the popular Te Ara Pātaka tramping network - connecting the Lyttelton and Akaroa craters along a magnificent skyline route- will always be accessible enabling people to walk across Banks Peninsula, as they have done for centuries. Your support will ensure its success as the creation of the new park comes into being.
Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust has a vision to develop environmental guardians of the future through improved public walking and cycling access, enhancing biodiversity, promoting knowledge and working in partnership with others who share our commitment to Banks Peninsula.
Funds raised up July 2021 have been used to purchase the new 500ha block of land that includes the two highest peaks on Banks Peninsula, Mt Herbert/Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley. This is to create the new Te Ahu Pātiki conservation park, to protect and restore native biodiversity and provide full permanent public access. Ongoing fundraising will now assist with the setup of the park, including pest control, weed control, stock proofing fences and general upkeep.
Support the park set-up 29 July 2021
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to help us purchase Te Ahu Pātiki park. The land is now owned by the Rod Donald Trust and we are working to set up the park, along with our partners Orton Bradley Park and Te Hāpu o Ngāti Wheke.
We are working to register a QEII covenant on the title to protect the native biodiversity and determine what can and can't be done on the land in future. This requires us to upgrade our boundary fences to be stock proof for the next 50-80 years.
We are also putting walking easements on the tracks and upgrading them to a better standard.