Projects supported by the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust are based on four strategic pillars named access, partnerships, knowledge, and biodiversity.
Te Ara Pātaka is the Trust’s anchor project, with the aim of enhancing and promoting the network of tracks that make up the Summit Walkway across the Banks Peninsula.
The Rod Donald Hut is a nine bunk tramping hut situated above Little River about half way along Te Ara Pātaka.
The Trust supports the Ecological Vision put forward by Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. This includes a goal to make Banks Peninsula Pest Free.
A three-way funding partnership has made possible the purchase of a large block of land above Akaroa for conservation and public purposes.
A history of Govenors Bay, Ōhinetahi, Allendale and Teddington by Jane Robertson
The Trust made a contribution to assist with the publication of Head of the Harbour by Philip King Publisher. The Trust was delighted with the publication as it fills an important gap in Banks Peninsula literature.
The Trust worked in conjunction with partner organisation Josef Langer Trust to secure 107 hectares at Le Bons Bay to be incorporated into the Langer Trust’s Panama Reserve.
Progress is being made on the ambitious Head to Head walkway driven by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board.
The Trust set out to make Banks Peninsula walking information easy to find. The results of this project are now available.
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust is pleased to be part of the very successful annual Banks Peninsula Walking Festival – the only pan-peninsula festival.
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and Orton Bradley Park have now formed a partnership, with the Trust providing five years of support for the Park’s day to day operations enabling its manager to focus on researching and then developing appropriate new attractions and marketing to lift visitor numbers
The Trust’s stocktake project highlighted the excellent reputation of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT) achieved through its work with landowners to covenant areas of significant vegetation and with the various agencies involved with pest and weed control to co-ordinate their efforts
The Trust was the lead sponsor assisting with the publication of the book “Plant life on Banks Peninsula” by eminent Banks Peninsula botanist Hugh Wilson, launched in October 2013.
In 2013 the Trust worked in partnership with the government Nature Heritage Fund and the Josef Langer Trust to secure the area of Saddle Hill/ Puaitahi as a Department of Conservation scenic reserve.
Dr Sam Hampton of the University of Canterbury has been developing the concept of a GeoPark for the Banks Peninsula, called the Paihere (which translates as “bundle”) GeoPark. A GeoPark highlights regions of geographical significance, including geology, natural and human history, and landuse.
From the outset, the Trust had established that it would best achieve its objectives for sustainable management and conservation of Banks Peninsula’s natural environment and associated recreation by acting as a facilitator, conduit and connector assisting existing groups with projects that aligned to the Trust’s objectives and taking a lead role only where gaps in the existing mix were identified.
A goal of the Trust since its inception has been to facilitate recreational walking on Banks Peninsula and associated affordable camping.