Environment Canterbury


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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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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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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Ngā Kōhatu Mauri named

The new Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) headquarters in Christchurch opened yesterday with the naming of eight Ngā Kōhatu Mauri (mauri stones). Ten Papatipu Rūnanga worked with the council and gifted the mauri stones, which will be placed within the landscaped area at the front of the building. There are eight in total – one…

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Environment Canterbury welcomes River Award

Environment Canterbury has welcomed the announcement that a waterway in the Selwyn-Waihora zone has won the Morgan Foundation award for the most improved river in Canterbury. Kaituna River took last night’s accolade, determined by monitored trend decline in dissolved inorganic nitrogen. Accepting the award in Wellington, Environment Canterbury Chair of Commissioners Dame Margaret Bazley said…

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When Mātauranga Māori and science meet

As councils and crown research institutes aim to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations to engage with iwi in decision-making processes, many are looking to refine how they engage with Māori. Environment Canterbury Resource Management Officer, Katherine Hill has spent the last six years investigating Mātauranga Māori in science, to develop effective strategies that will…

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Stopping the spread of aquatic pests

  New Zealand has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world but we need to stop the spread of freshwater pests so that our waterways stay that way. It only takes one pair of tramping boots, or a wet lifejacket to give a hitchhiking freshwater pest a ride to a new…

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Tracking a better future for Te Waihora

Kim Drummond considers the Whakaora Te Waihora partnership a game changer – the beginning of something significant, aimed at returning good health and mauri to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. He sees the coming together of the partners – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) – through their joint…

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