The Waihora Ellesmere Trust has established a new fund to support small scale research and monitoring which contributes in a meaningful way to the integrated monitoring of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and to reporting on the ‘State [...]
We were delighted to welcome Trevor Isitt and Alan Strong from Fish &Game NZ to our June 2016 Trust meeting. Trevor spoke briefly about the history of F&G, and its predecessor the Acclimatisation Society. Alan, [...]
There are a number of known inanga spawning sites around Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and modelling done by Environment Canterbury suggests that there are potential spawning sites on many of the waterways that flow into the [...]
A new report, released in November 2015, gives an overview of the health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and changes over the last two years since the previous report. Topics covered include governance and management, land and water, flora and fauna, economy, recreation and cultural health.
Sustainable Drains – an important focus for the trust
The land surrounding Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere has many natural springs and streams, modified waterways and constructed drainage channels. These combine to form a complex interconnected network and ultimately flow into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, one of New Zealand’s most important wetland systems, is a brackish, shallow lagoon with an average depth of 1.4m. Covering around 20,000 hectares, Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, which lies just to the south of Banks Peninsula, is New Zealand’s fifth largest lake and is internationally significant for its wildlife abundance and diversity. The total number of bird species recorded at the lake is 167, with at least 37 species breeding. 43 species of fish have been recorded in the lake.
Acknowledging the past and looking to the future, we:
Enhancing understanding, awareness and the value of the Lake through education programmes, newsletters, and field days.