WET Projects

WET’s purpose is to facilitate and encourage the implementation of the Community Strategy and, with such a broad range of goals, targets and actions, this means that WET is involved in many different projects.

Some of our major projects have their own project page:

2017 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2016 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count

2015 State of the Lake Report
2013 State of the Lake report
2015 TeWaihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2014 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2013 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
Waihora Ellesmere Catchment Riparian Restoration Programme
Sustainable Drain Management project
Waihora Ellesmere Catchment Riparian Restoration Programme
Papers Past

In addition, the biennial Living Lake symposia each have their own event page which details the programme and presentations from each. The 2007 Living Lake symposium page includes downloadable chapters of the State of the Lake book published in 2008.

Living Lake 2007
Living Lake 2009
Living Lake 2011
Living Lake 2013
Living lake 2015

WET Project Articles

WET projects featured at National Wetlands Restoration Symposium

WET Restoration Consultant, Stephen Brailsford, was a presenter at the National Wetland Restoration Symposium in Invercargill in March 2012.  Stephen explained the practical lessons learned from WET's Riparian Restoration Programme and the current Sustainable Drain [...]

By |April 5th, 2012|News, Projects|

Sustainable Drain Management – a new initiative

Landowners around Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere are being offered a wide range of free advice on how best to manage drains and waterways on their properties. For the latest updates on this project, we have a [...]

By |September 7th, 2011|News, Projects|

Catchment Planting Programme 2008 – 11

Back in 2008 WET secured funding for a riparian restoration programme. This project has seen over 50,000 natives planted and a great deal has been achieved, A summary has now been added to this page [...]

By |September 5th, 2011|Projects|

Papers Past – The Ellesmere Guardian

Another 20,000 pages of The Ellesmere Guardian went online on April 15th, covering the period 1906 to 1945.  A celebration was held at Leeston Library in early May. This a real partnership project, with WET [...]

By |June 10th, 2011|News, Projects|

Riparian Restoration – lessons learned

WET's riparian restoration programme, undertaken over the last couple of planting seasons, has provided a lot of information and helped us to understand what works well in the catchment. We have now produced a new [...]

By |March 28th, 2011|Projects|

Implementing the Community Strategy

In response to concerns about the decline in the water quality of Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, an Issues group was formed in 2002.  This group represented a wide range of interests and they met regularly [...]

By |December 7th, 2010|Projects|

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