What’s the story of the Australasian Bittern at Te Waihora

By |2019-09-19T03:30:58+00:00September 19th, 2019|Education, News|

The Waihora Ellesmere Trust held it's 2019 AGM on the 16th of September. The Trust was very privileged to have Allanah Purdie Biodiversity Ranger from the Department of Conservation talking about the Australasian Bittern - See her presentation here. Following are the notes from Allanah's talk: The Australasian Bittern - Matuku are a large, wetland [...]

Children’s University

By |2019-04-17T03:27:00+00:00April 17th, 2019|Education, News|

The Waihora Ellesmere Trust has partnered with the Children's University to become a Learning Destination. Learning Destinations provide learning activities that contribute to the Passport of Learning. The first activity produced is for Harts Creek for more information go to the Children's University page on our website.

Kids Discovery Plantout

By |2017-05-18T03:45:02+00:00February 10th, 2015|Education, News|

Less than 1% of native vegetation remains on the Canterbury Plains and we need to work together to re-establish native vegetation to add to the biodiversity. The Kids Discovery Plantout project is a collaborative approach between Te Ara Kakariki (TAK), Enviroschools, Waihora Ellesmere Trust (WET) and Lincoln University in Selwyn District to restore [...]

Education assistance available

By |2015-12-01T21:07:53+00:00June 22nd, 2011|Education|

One of WET's priorities is education, in the widest sense, and we are happy to assist schools and other groups in planning and organising educational projects that involve the Lake and its catchment. In particular, with the expertise of our Restoration Consultant, we can help groups to organise and undertake riparian planting projects.  We can also [...]

Newsletters for schools

By |2015-12-01T21:07:53+00:00March 22nd, 2011|Education|

WET is keen to keep in touch with schools and community groups interested in education activites around the Lake. From time to time a brief newsletter will be sent out so we can keep in touch with schools. Newletters can viewed here: Term 1, 2011 Term 3, 2011

Wild Wonderful Coastal Wetlands

By |2015-12-01T21:07:54+00:00January 6th, 2011|Education|

The Environment Canterbury education team have produced some great resources to help explain the complexities of the natural world, including Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. To find out more, visit the ECan website's Wild Wonderful Coastal Wetlands page and take the interactive quiz and virtual tour which features Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

My Biodiversity Film Competition

By |2017-05-18T03:45:09+00:00May 28th, 2010|Education, News|

As part of the International Year of Biodiversity the Regional Biodiversity Coordinator, in collaboration with Environment Canterbury,  launched the MyBiodiversity film competition. Details are at One of the winning entries features Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Peter and Martin Langlands have used film and visual images to reveal the world of the Matuku (Austalasin Bittern) and [...]

Recent activities

By |2017-05-18T03:45:10+00:00April 13th, 2010|Education|

Waifest We set up an information stall at the recent Waifest or Waterfest held annually at New Brighton Mall and took the opportunity to promote the Trust’s activities to a wider audience. The event was attended by a variety of interest groups and our participation was appreciated by the organisers. WET Day Out The annual [...]

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