In our community

Port Otago supports a wide range of community groups and local projects.


Te Rauone Beach Development

For nearly 10 years, Port Otago has been working with the Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee to restore and develop the beach. Now it's happened - and it's even better than anyone imagined.



Port and Maritime Museum partner for the future

In late 2020, Port Otago assumed responsibility and ownership of the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum building and picked up the Museum's building-related costs for the next 35 years. The museum, which is managed by the Port Chalmers Historical Society, remains the building's sole occupant.
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Port Chalmers Kindergarten's Eco warriors programme

KindergartenThe Port Chalmers Kindergarten runs an Eco Warriors programme, whereby the eldest 10 children head up to Orokonui Ecosanctuary for one morning each fortnight. These little Eco Warriors have their very own area within the sanctuary and are responsible for its weeding and maintenance. We’ve been supporting the programme for the past couple of years. Aside from learning about plants and wildlife, these children are also learning about responsibility and teamwork.



New Zealand’s first wildlife ambulance

Port Otago has boosted its support of the Wildlife Hospital Dunedin by supplying a new electric Nissan e-NV 200 van as a Wildlife Ambulance. Click here to read more.




Free swimming lessons for local schools

Since 2020, Port Otago has been sponsoring swimming lessons for about 400 students at six West Harbour schools: Port Chalmers, Sawyers Bay, St Leonards, Rudolf Steiner, St Joseph's and Ravensbourne. These schools continue to run their two-term swimming lessons, but Port Otago pays the lesson fees and supplies swimming towels.




Flagstaff timeball reinstated

TimeBallSaturday 3 October 2020 was a landmark day for the Port Chalmers Historical Society. It successfully reinstalled the town's historic timeball, 89 years after it was last in action. During the 18th century, timeballs were used at ports around the world.
At exactly 1pm every day, the ball would drop, allowing ship's officers to set their chronometers (clocks) accurately to aid navigation. Port Otago supported the project with a $10,000 contribution.