Te Waihora


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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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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The end of the beginning for Te Waihora?

In April 2015 a hearing panel of the Canterbury Regional Council issued its decisions on the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere catchment plan, which goes by the technical name of “proposed Variation 1 to the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan”. The plan has a significant vision: “To restore the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining the prosperous land-based economy and thriving communities.”

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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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Canal dredging underway

Maintenance dredging of the Halswell Canal from Neills Road to the river mouth is expected to improve drainage and flood capacity in the area, at the same time creating a sediment trap that will ultimately improve water quality of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. That, says Area Engineer, Environment Canterbury, Whakaora Te Waihora Engineering Workstream Leader Dan…

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Understanding the Te Waihora lake opening process

Have you ever wondered how the decision is made to open the lake to the sea? Leigh Griffiths, Environment Canterbury Senior Engineering Advisor, has provided some information about how the decisions are made and who is involved. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury jointly hold the resource consents to open and/or close Te…

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Joint consent a positive step for Te Waihora

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury were recently granted a suite of new resource consents for the management of lake openings/levels and some small scale earthworks to aid fish migration.  Thought to be among the first of their kind in New Zealand to be held jointly by a regional council and a local…

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Te Waihora planting moves forward

After eighteen months on the job, members of the Whakaora Te Waihora planting team are enthusiastic about progress to date – and planting plans for the year ahead.  The team has planted more than 140,000 plants over 70 key sites around focus catchments since they first started restoration planting in the spring of 2012; and…

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19th
February
2013

Important steps taken in Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury partnership

Environment Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu today announced significant milestones in the partnership between them. Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury recently signed a relationship agreement for the programme known as Tuia to mark a new era of collaboration between the organisations. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon said the signing symbolises how…