Environment Stories


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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No ordinary life

The day I pulled into the driveway of Routeburn Station, it was pouring with rain and Anne Percy was heaving a laden wheelbarrow filled with gravel. She was drenched. As it turned out, it was just another day on the Ngāi Tahu high country stations at the head of Lake Whakatipu and for Anne and…

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Enhanced efforts to restore Wainono Lagoon

In July Te Rūnanga o Waihao Incorporated received over $500,000 in Te Mana o Te Wai funding from the Ministry for the Environment for restoration work on Wainono Lagoon. Graeme Lane, Chairperson, Te Rūnanga o Waihao Incorporated, says the rūnanga are delighted to receive the funding. “The lagoon is one of our top priorities and…

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Ahuwhenua Trophy makes history

Congratulations to the Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation, who have been named winners of the dairy section of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for 2016. This is the first time in the award’s 83 year history that a South Island dairy farm has this award. The winning Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation…

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