SailGP is to join forces with the Ōmaru Stream Restoration Project for its local impact project coinciding with the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix in March.

The league will fund and support the project, which restores the forests surrounding Lyttleton Harbour, also known as Whakaraupō, by restoring vegetation, reducing pests and reducing the sediment entering the harbor.

Preventing discharge entering the sea will allow a wide range of species and biodiversity to flourish, while the creation of passages allows fish to travel up and down the Ōmaru stream unhindered.

SailGP and ChristchurchNZ's combined support will enable the construction of a water storage facility, which will be a pilot project for 5-6 further facilities and provide water to a range of planting initiatives.

Speaking about the project, sustainability and impact project manager Rosie Gosling said: “We’re excited to fund and support the excellent work of the Ōmaru Stream Restoration Project as part of our local impact project in New Zealand.

“Having a positive impact on the cities where we operate is a key focus for us at SailGP and we work closely with our host venues to identify projects that support our combined goals.”

The impact project is part of SailGP’s year-round purpose-led calendar of sustainable initiatives in which the league collaborates with each venue on the Season 3 tour.