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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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Officials impressed by partnership progress

A visit to the Selwyn-Waihora Catchment in early March, has given Government officials a first-hand view of the water conservation work being carried out by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury. Environment Canterbury’s Director of Resource Management and Whakaora Te Waihora Joint Officials and Steering Group member, Kim Drummond, stressed the importance of the visit. “It’s…

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Local support for Te Matatini 2015

The saying many hands make light work, is fitting for Te Matatini 2015, as many organisations from around the Waitaha region are offering to support this year’s competition. Environment Canterbury (Ecan), the Department of Conservation (DoC), and Christchurch-based charitable trust, Greening the Rubble have all generously offered to provide different resources for the event. Over…

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Fish rescued from ‘low-flow’ rivers

Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury are working together to rescue and relocate taonga fish species from the drought-stricken Rakahuri/Ashley and Waipara Rivers. Tangata Tiaki (customary fisheries guardian), Te Marino Lenihan (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri), says this is an excellent example of collaboration between a government organisation and local hapū – one that takes the…

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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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Let’s Clear the Air

Environment Canterbury has launched its ‘Let’s Clear the Air Campaign 2014,’ to address the ongoing problem of winter pollution in Christchurch. The campaign focuses on smoky chimneys and better burning, with a view to encouraging ‘smoke-free fires.’ It includes creating programs to help wood burner users to reduce pollution and encourages the development of ultra-low…

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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…

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