Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out

Around sixty volunteers gathered at Ahuriri Lagoon in late May for the first Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out for Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation and Te Ara Kākāriki staff.

The plant-out was just one part of the greater Whakaora Te Waihora restoration planting programme that aims to restore native vegetation specific to different geographic areas around the lake. In line with the collaborative spirit of the Whakaora Te Waihora partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury, the plant-out day was a good example of what can be achieved when everyone works together. In just two hours, 900 new native plants were in the ground and in three to four years the plants should be attracting birdlife back to the area.

The Whakaora Te Waihora joint cultural and ecological plan is a long term vision for the shared commitment to the restoration and rejuvenation of the mauri and ecosystem health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.