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Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere Catchment


Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere

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Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere Catchment


Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere: Ararira/LII Catchment

Sustainable management for healthy lowland freshwater ecosystems
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Our Team


Our Team in te waihora/lake ellesmere

Our Team


Our Team in te waihora/lake ellesmere

representatives from fonterra and doc are driving the delivery of this programme:

fonterra lead

Position is currently vacant


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robin smith

I am a DOC Operations Ranger responsible for the Te Waihora catchment. I’m eager to support the local community through this partnership and confident that the programme will connect more people with the environment and bring about improvements to biodiversity and water quality. 

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Catchment Focus


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Catchment Focus

Catchment Focus


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Catchment Focus

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we are focusing on the following key areas in the te waihora / lake ellesmere catchment.

Our activities are focusing on:  

  • Improving the management of springs and waterways/drains to enhance biodiversity and water quality.
  • Restoring key wetland areas at Yarrs Flat and Yarrs Lagoon/Ta-rere-kau-tuku.
  • Providing opportunities for the local community to engage with and reconnect to their natural environment.
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Background


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Background

Background


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Background

The Ararira/LII River is a significant spring-fed tributary of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand’s fifth largest lake and a very important wetland ecosystem.

  • Te Waihora has special significance to Ngāi Tahu as a tribal taonga, representing a major mahinga kai and an important source of mana. 
  • Less than one per cent of the original vegetation remains on the Canterbury Plains, principally in small fragments. Previously, extensive wetlands were drained and the drainage networks are now the predominant lowland waterways. 
  • The Ararira/LII catchment’s extensive network of highly modified waterways and remnant wetlands still provides habitat for native fish, bird and plant species. 
  • Unique features of this catchment include headwater springs, an extensive network of drains and waterways, and two wetland areas – Yarrs Flat and Yarrs Lagoon/Ta-rere-kau-tuku.
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Projects


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Projects

Projects


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE Projects

LIVING WATER IS WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS TO RESTORE THE BIODIVERSITY IN THIS CATCHMENT.

Currently Living Water is supporting the following projects:

  • Enhancing community conservation and recreational activities focused around Yarrs Flat.
  • Supporting a Canterbury University Fresh Water Ecology Research Group study at Silverstream.
  • Supporting farmers to undertake biodiversity assessments and develop action plans.
  • Enhancing riparian areas, creating and protecting wetland remnants, and managing indigenous species.
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Our Partners


Our Partners IN TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE

Our Partners


Our Partners IN TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE

our partners IN THE TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE CATCHMENT


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Ngāi Tahu: Te Waihora and its contributing catchments have outstanding significance for Ngāi Tahu as a tribal taonga. The Te Waihora Joint Management Plan, signed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and DOC, provides for the integrated management of the lake and conservation land margins. The Taumutu Rūnanga is the lead Papatipu rūnanga with interests in Te Waihora.

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Fonterra Farmers:  There are 10 Fonterra farmers within the Ararira catchment. Their individual and collective contributions are vital to the success of our programme.

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Environment Canterbury: The key agency responsible in particular for management of water quality in the waterways and with an overall land and water planning role.

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Selwyn District Council (including LII Drainage Committee): The key agency responsible for the management of the drainage network and Yarrs Lagoon/Ta-rere-kau-tuku.


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Community Groups: There are multiple groups within the catchment undertaking conservation activities, education and advocacy including the Waihora Ellesmere Trust, Te Ara Kākāriki, Enviroschools Canterbury and Lincoln Envirotown.

 
 

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Gallery


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE gallery

Gallery


TE WAIHORA/LAKE ELLESMERE gallery