Eastland Port is a central city port and we see ourselves as a key part of the Gisborne community. It is our responsibility to respect and improve the environment for the whole community.
Many of our capital projects are centered around improving local environmental outcomes and always working to reduce the impact of the port operation.
Eastland Port is an Enviroschool sponsor. Over 5000 students from 27 local schools are benefiting from Enviroschool creative ideas helping them think and act sustainably.
From orchards at St Mary’s Catholic School to native plants and wrapper free lunch boxes at Matawai School, the Enviroschools project is teaching children all over the district how to care for the environment.
Eastland Port staffer Murray Michie says he’s proud to be part of a team that works to reduce its environmental footprint.
While the port operates around them, the port’s successful maintenance team comes in behind logging trucks and log loaders to clean up bark and any other debris that can fall off logs. They clean all the sealed surfaces and priority is given to make sure debris doesn’t get into stormwater systems or blow into the harbour.
Murray and the team are the environmental cleaners, mitigating bark or debris entering the harbour and making sure the port abides by its consents. We don’t want debris landing in the water just as much as the next person so as soon as something banks up, we clean it.
Titirangi Maunga (Kaiti Hill) and the surrounding foreshore and seabed are culturally and spiritually significant to Ngāti Oneone, and it’s accepted that every reasonable step will be taken to recognise and provide for such areas.
In 2016 a series of pou designed by Ngāti Oneone and artist Nick Tupara were installed alongside Eastland Port’s upper log yard. Waka, female ancestors, and Ngāti Oneone’s close association with the nearby Kopuawhakapata Stream inspire the work.
Eastland Port’s location periodically hosts juvenile rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) which are found throughout coastal waters of southern Australia and New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.
Known as the southern rock lobster, red rock lobster, or spiny rock lobster, they live on and around natural reefs and will also colonise artificial habitats.
The planned twin berth development may affect the use made of the lobster habitat in the port, all of which is man-made. There is opportunity to create further artificial habitat as part of our developments.