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 [...]
The Next Steps for Freshwater consultation document was released by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Primary Industries on 20 February 2016. It contains 23 initiatives which, if adopted, would result in [...]
New rules for farming and other activities came into force last September when the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP) became operative. In February 2016 Plan Change 1, which are the additional rules which apply in [...]
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.