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The environmental team includes planners, archaeologists, ecologists, landscape architects, seal handlers, cultural advisors and construction environmental advisors working directly with design and construction teams both in Christchurch and on the ground in Kaikōura.

A diverse environmental team

The team ensures environmental responsibilities and risks are understood and addressed across the project, and that works are fully compliant with the monitoring conditions of Environment Canterbury (ECAN) resource consents and Department of Conservation (DOC) approvals.

Environmental advisors work closely with the various operational teams so environmental regulations are complied with and so environmental objectives set by the NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail are met. In consultation with relevant experts, they provide advice on environmental issues including erosion and sediment controls, cultural heritage and archaeological matters, ecology, dewatering, contaminated sites, vegetation clearance, demolition, stormwater quality, landscaping, noise and vibration.

An experienced ECAN compliance officer has been dedicated fulltime to the project. This close collaboration was a key factor in the project achieving 100% compliance in 2017, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining environmental best practise.

Environmental advisor Crystal Lenkie explains her role on the recovery project.