Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says a Living Wall in the
baggage reclaim hall is already very popular with visitors and has
become the backdrop for photos of visitors and staff alike.
"We've literally breathed life into our airport, by installing a
huge image of Aoraki Mt Cook with the region's vegetation planted
underneath it," says Mr Boult.
"The feature purifies the air, reduces noise pollution, acts as
a carbon sink and is a calming environment for travellers and
visitors - plus, of course, it looks amazing."
The Living Wall is another step in Christchurch Airport's focus
on the environment. In 2007, the airport became the first Southern
Hemisphere airport to attain certified carbon neutral status,
through reducing and offsetting greenhouse gases.
Mr Boult says airport staff are serious about limiting any
impact on the environment of the airport's operations and very
conscious of the fact that Christchurch is an important tourism
"The Living Wall is not only stunningly beautiful and
intriguing, but also a reminder of the South Island scenery so many
visitors come to this country to see."