Buy the Hill - Te Ahu Pātiki Maunga
Join The Press and Stuff to support the Rod Donald Trust purchase of Te Ahu Pātiki - the highest place in Christchurch/Ōtautahi.Canterbury
As The Press turns 160, it is proud to support the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust's Te Ahu Pātiki campaign to protect the highest maunga in the Christchurch/Ōtautahi area - but we need New Zealand's help to make it happen.
The Trust is fundraising to buy 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. They're on the home stretch, with just $120,000 to go in order to meet the initial $1.5 million target to purchase the land by July 1. All funds raised from the public will go toward the land purchase.
If the fundraising exceeds the initial target, this will enable the Trust to re-direct more of its own funds into 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 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.
Its the last piece in the puzzle to ensure 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.
“To date public access on this land has relied on the generosity of the landowner, for which we are most grateful,” says Trustee Bob Webster said. “But there was no guarantee this would continue should the land change hands in the future.”
Donate now to be a foundation sponsor for the Te Ahu Pātiki project. Feel a special glow every time you see these beautiful maunga and watch them transform from gorse and pasture to native forest, sequestering carbon in the process. Be able to tell your grandchildren you helped make it happen!
We bought a beach in 2016 New Zealand, now let's buy these iconic maunga!
Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust works on Banks Peninsula to improve public walking and cycling access, improving biodiversity, promoting knowledge about Banks's Peninsula environment and culture and working in partnership with others.
Use of funds
Funds will be used to purchase a 500ha block of land including the two highest peaks on Banks Peninsula, Mt Herbert/Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley to create a new conservation park to protect and restore native biodiversity with full permanent public access.
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Buy the Hill - establish Te Ahu Pātiki conservation park 26 May 2021
The land purchase is now secure! Support has been so strong that we have changed our target to $320,000, and all further donations will help us set up the park so we can better realise our vision for the native forest to regenerate. All donations will continue to count as Foundation Sponsorship for the new Te Ahu Pātiki conservation park.
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This page was created on 24 May 2021 and closes on 30 Jun 2021.