All about FRIENDS of Banks Peninsula
Protect and enhance the environmental heritage of Banks Peninsula
Encourage and support activities related to the maintenance and re-establishment of the flora and fauna of Banks Peninsula
Act as an umbrella society to link individuals and small groups concerned with Banks Peninsula environmental issues
To enable residents and visitors to become more involved in the environment and conservation of Banks Peninsula
To work with local authorities and central Government to promote sound environmental practices
We are an Incorporated Society managed by a committee of 8 elected at its Annual General meeting.
Our current committee (2022-23) consists of:
Jan Cook – Chair
Suky Thompson - Deputy Chair
Sue Church – Secretary
Gavin Sheperd – Treasurer
The committee meets on an as needed basis.
Our next AGM will be held in October and will be announced in News.
History and Achievements
FRIENDS of Banks Peninsula was established in 1990 to protect and enhance the environmental heritage of Banks Peninsula and safe-guard the environment for future generations. Achievements over the years include:
Setting up the first recycling facilities in Akaroa now managed through Christchurch City Council
Extensive involvement with the District Plan and resource management process ensuring local environmental concerns are recognised
Promotion of marine conservation and protection of the harbour and its wildlife and natural environment
Many successful campaigns to protect the area from offensive developments including appeals to the Environment Court.
Over the years our work has gained the organisation recognition from councils and government agencies and we have become an established part of the environmental information network.
The Akaroa Wastewater campaign is currently the principle activity of the Society.