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:

State of the Lake Report

2017 State of the Lake Report
2015 State of the Lake Report
2013 State of the Lake report

Annual Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count

2020 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2019 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2018 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2017 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2016 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2015 TeWaihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2014 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2013 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count

Living Lake Symposium

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 2017
Living lake 2015
Living Lake 2013
Living Lake 2011
Living Lake 2009
Living Lake 2007


Green Footprint
Waihora Ellesmere Catchment Riparian Restoration Programme
Sustainable Drain Management project
Papers Past

WET Project Articles

The Ellesmere Guardian, WET and Papers Past

WET Trustee Rob McPherson is working on a project which will soon see a further 20,000 digitised pages of the Ellesmere Guardian available to view free of charge, as part of the Papers Past project. [...]

By |December 7th, 2010|Projects|

Restoration Planting

As part of a series of grants from the Sustainable Farming Fund and the Sustainable Management Fund, WET has developed a series of riparian restoration priorities for the next three years. If you live in one of the following catchments and are interested in free advice, free preparation, and free planting of appropriate native species, then we would like to hear from you. A series of workshops and material will be available to further promote opportunities between now and July 2010.

By |August 30th, 2010|Projects|


Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere State of the Lake Edited by K. Hughey and K. Taylor, published 2009. This publication, produced with assistance from the Biodiversity Advice Fund, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation, Fish & Game NZ, [...]

By |August 28th, 2010|Projects|

Statutory Agencies Group

Waihora Ellesmere Trust facilitates the Statutory Agencies Group for Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere. The Group is made up of representatives from Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council, Christchurch City Council, Ngai Tahu, the Department of Conservation, [...]

By |August 17th, 2010|Projects|

Canterbury Mudfish

WET has also been successful in obtaining further funding to restore a Canterbury mudfish site. This funding runs for two years and is supported by World Wildlife Fund and the Community Conservation Fund (DOC).

By |October 27th, 2009|Projects|

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