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Mā whero, mā pako; ka oti ai te mahi.

The task shall be achieved through unity.

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Ngati Moki marae

History of the lake

As the ecological and cultural backbone of the region, the story of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is long and diverse.

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Te Waihora also has recreational and commercial importance

The lake is great destination for a range of recreational activities, like walking, cycling, bird watching, photography, fishing, hunting, and boating. It is also significant for the yield from its productive aquatic ecosystem.

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei

For us and our children after us.

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05 Sep 2022

Rolleston tamariki get involved in Te Taumutu Rūnanga’s planting project along Te Waikēkēwai

Students in Rolleston have been busy learning and actively improving the environment during Kids Discovery Plant-out days with Te Taumutu Rūnanga in Te Waihora catchment.

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13 Jul 2022

Planting trial at Te Waihora aims to re-establish submerged vegetation

NIWA scientists are working with the Co-Governance Group to re-establish beds of kōrepo (Ruppia megacarpa), water plants to help keep water clean, and provide good habitats for fish and other aquatic organisms.

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08 Jul 2022

Trapping key threats on Kaitorete

A trapping project on Kaitorete is helping reduce the number of animal pests across 5,000 hectares of biodiversity-rich land.

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