Environment Stories


Freshwater Improvement Fund supports Waituna and Ahuriri

The Government has announced they will invest $5 million into the Whakamana Te Waituna Programme and $1.25 million to enhance the habitat and Mahinga kai in the Ahuriri Lagoon. The funding comes from the Freshwater Improvement Fund and in total $44 million was allocated to projects around Aotearoa. Gail Thompson, Te Rūnanga o Awarua, confirmed…

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Our work on climate change

Last year the Strategy and Influence team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu embarked on a new workstream to ensure Ngāi Tahu continues to progress culturally and economically through climate change. Chris Brankin, Policy Advisor, Strategy and Influence, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says this workstream was developed because Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu identified…

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Understanding Kanakana

While many people recognise kanakana as a taonga species, little is actually known about them including their spawning and migration habits. Senior Environmental Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi, Dr Jane Kitson, says kanakana are very secretive creatures. “Kanakana have been around since before the dinosaur – with fossil records from 450 million years ago –…

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Clean ocean advocate wins award

Hayden Smith, founder of the Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust has won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award for 2017 thanks to his incredible work cleaning our waterways. Hayden (Ngāi Tahu), is excited to share his feats with his Ngāi Tahu whānau and says the award is both an honour and a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness…

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The Helmsman’s Apprentice

In a few days, Ngāi Tahu scholar Rata Pryor Rodgers will be one in a select group of students swapping the classic Kiwi Christmas for sub-zero temperatures and snow drifts. The reality of a white Christmas in Antarctica is sinking in for Pryor Rodgers, who will head off on Friday (December 16) for two weeks…

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Ngāi Tahu welcomes appointment of ECan members

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu congratulates Elizabeth Cunningham (Ngāi Tahu – Koukourārata) and Iaean Cranwell (Ngāi Tahu – Wairewa) on their appointment as members of the Environment Canterbury Board. As part of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill, Ngāi Tahu has two appointed members, who will join seven elected councillors and four other government-appointed…

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Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou welcomes new mātaitai

The Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy, has approved the Ōtākou Mātaitai Reserve, which covers an area east of Pulling Point to Harwood Point, and to the mouth of the Otago Harbour. Donna Matahaere, Chairperson, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, says the rūnanga is thrilled with the decision. “We have been working to establish this…

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Wave barrier at Te Waihora a first of its kind

A 100m long wave barrier on the south western side of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has been placed to enable submerged plants, known as macrophytes, to become established. NIWA freshwater ecologist Mary de Winton believed the barrier to be the first of its kind in the world for this purpose. “This barrier idea was conceived by…

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Whakaraupō initiative

A new initiative to restore the health of Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō was launched today. The initiative will see five major players in the management of Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and the Lyttelton Port Company – join forces to create an action…

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Seeking comment on climate change

The Strategy and Influence team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has embarked on a new workstream to ensure Ngāi Tahu continues to progress culturally and economically through climate change. Chris Brankin (Ngāi Tahu), Policy Advisor, Strategy and Influence, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, says climate change is not a new phenomenon for the mahi…

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