About – Mō te kaupapa

The Lake

Ki uta ki tai

Co-Governance

The Plan

Mahinga Kai

Fact Sheet

 

 

As well as being an internationally significant wetland, Te Waihora has outstanding significance for Ngāi Tahu as a tribal taonga, representing a major mahinga kai and an important source of mana. In Ngāi Tahu history, it was Rākaihautū and his son Rokohuia who first landed the Uruao waka on the South Island/Te Waipounamu, many centuries ago. Rākaihautū travelled down the island beating the land with his kō and leaving the inland lakes. The original name for the lake is Te Kete Ika o Rākaihautū/The Fish Basket of Rākaihautū, in reference to the lake being a considerable tribal resource.