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The Banks Peninsula township of Akaroa celebrated its French heritage at a festival in the year of 175th celebrations. The town, which is popular with tourists, has been celebrating 175 years of organised settlement at events throughout the year.
A proposed 190-hectare reserve in the hills above Akaroa would open up new tracts of land to the public and lead to improvements to the township's water supply, proponents say. The Native Forests Restoration Trust (NFRT) is behind the proposed reserve at the top of the Grehan Valley. It would cover the entire upper catchment of Akaroa's main water supply and stretch over the ridgeline to the Otanerito Valley.
The Akaroa Museum has received a one-off grant of $500,000 from the Government to help with earthquake repair and strengthening work that will allow it to fully reopen next year.
The museum on Banks Peninsula partially reopened in July last year, after its closure a year earlier when it was found to be below standard. However, most of the museum's exhibition spaces remain closed, awaiting repair and strengthening, and most of its collection is in storage. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Akaroa had become the gateway for many cruise-ship visitors. She said a fully reopened museum would be a huge boost for the town.
Christchurch City Council’s Akaroa Museum has received a special one-off grant of $500,000 from the Government to help with earthquake repair and strengthening work that will allow it to fully re-open next year. The museum partially re-opened in July last year following temporary repair and strengthening work after its closure a year earlier when it was found to be below 34 per cent of New Building Standard. However, most of the museum’s exhibition spaces remain closed, awaiting repair and strengthening, and most of the collection is still in storage.
New Zealand’s newest marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour was formally opened today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith, and local MP and Environment Minister Amy Adams to coincide with World Oceans Day. “World Oceans Day is about recognising the need to better protect marine life and that is what we are doing in creating the Akaroa Marine Reserve,” Dr Smith says. “This newly protected status is well deserved. The scenery surrounding the reserve is some of the most spectacular coastline anywhere in New Zealand with its huge volcanic cliffs, wild sea caves and unusual sea stacks.
Forest & Bird is welcoming today's opening of a marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour by the Conservation Minister Nick Smith, but says it will not change the fact the government is not doing nearly enough to protect New Zealand's marine environment. The Akaroa Marine Reserve will be opened at a ceremony at 11 am today. The reserve covers 475 hectares of water.