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To plan promote & develop the Waitākiri Eco-Sanctuary in Christchurch which builds on the 27 year legacy of Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park, by the addition of land in the Ōtākaro Avon Red Zone.


This further land will provide high ground for podocarp forest and flood refuge for wildlife. With predator proof fencing a properly constructed indigenous wildlife eco-sanctuary will enhance the entire Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (ŌARC), add significant value to the City, and to the community and visitor experience.  It will contribute to national, regional and local conservation goals.

To facilitate the restoration of the ecology of the land and waterways throughout Christchurch and Canterbury, while recognising the important function of a fenced eco-sanctuary for reintroducing and protecting vulnerable and rare, charismatic, indigenous species.


By providing an area protected from introduced mammalian predators, the native wildlife can flourish and then disperse to both near and far habitats through the ‘halo effect’. In this way, other areas of the ŌARC and wider city will be populated with wildlife emigrating out from the sanctuary.   


To provide an education and research resource for local citizens, pre-school and primary through tertiary institutions, and visitors to Christchurch.

To encourage low impact eco-tourism in Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island.


To encourage participation by citizens in the development & operations of the eco-sanctuary and thereby promote wellbeing and a connected, engaged community.

To collaborate with, recognize and respect the heritage, taonga, views and expectations of mana whenua.


To collaborate with and support the Travis Wetland Trust.

To collaborate with the Christchurch City Council as the land owner of Travis Wetland and soon to be the holder of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (ŌARC) land.

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To recognise that Waitākiri Eco-Sanctuary, being close to the east coast of Christchurch, will be impacted by future climate change and sea level rise, and that these changes should be factored into planning, design, education and research.

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