Research on the lake and its catchment is carried out by various agencies -and there is still so much we don’t know! We’d love to hear from you if you have any relevant research reports or publications we could link to this page or elsewhere on our website.
You can search the archive using key words, by topic or by author’s name. New theses and dissertations are regularly added to the LU Research Archive, several of which are relevant to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. One recent addition features research carried out in the catchment:
- Representation and legitimacy in collaborative freshwater planning: stakeholder perspectives on a Canterbury Zone Committee – Sinner, J. ; Newton, M. J. ; Duncan, R.
Others of interest include:
- ‘Lag-effect’ politics and the politicisation of New Zealand farmers: Where to from here?, Ronlyn Duncan, Lincoln Planning Review, 2017
- Community environmental attitudes : a study of the changing attitudes in the Lake Ellesmere-Te Waihora community in the twentieth century, Golda Varona, 2013
- The role of interactive visualisation in developing shared understanding between stakeholders in natural resource decision-making: A case study of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury, New Zealand, Bernard Otinpong, 2014
- The Environmental History of Te Waihora – Lake Ellesmere, A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Environmental Science in the University of Canterbury, Stephen Kitto, 2010
The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management is a teaching and research centre based at both University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. Their website provides resources to help you learn more about freshwater systems and their response to change, news about upcoming events, links to media articles of interest as well as meta-databases of information relevant to Canterbury’s water systems.
The Waihora Ellesmere Trust has established a 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 of the Lake’. You can download the Guidelines for Applicants here. The WET Living Lake Fund Application Form can be downloaded here as a Word document. We don’t have a specific closing date – applications can be submitted at any time.
We are happy to accept any donations, large or small, to the fund. All donations will be tracked and reported on and you will be able to find out about the projects we are supporting and the results of any monitoring by checking back in here from time to time.
WET is a registered charity and so any donations over $5 are tax deductible and we will provide a receipt for all donations (this can take a week or two).