Mā whero, mā pako; ka oti ai te mahi – The task shall be achieved through unity

On 25 August 2011, a long-term relationship agreement and shared commitment was signed between the Te Waihora Management Board (representing Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) and Environment Canterbury.

beachThis long-term relationship agreement signalled a shared commitment to the restoration and rejuvenation of the mauri and ecosystem health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

The parties then signed an interim co-governance agreement which sought to establish an enduring co-governance framework for the active management of Te Waihora and its catchment.

At the end of 2012, having agreed on a co-governance framework, the Te Waihora co-governance agreement was signed by the Environment Canterbury Commissioners and the Te Waihora Management Board.

In 2013, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury signed a relationship agreement for the programme known as Tuia to mark a new era of collaboration between the organisations and a new approach to management of natural resources in the region, one which acknowledges and brings together the tikanga responsibilities of Ngāi Tahu and the statutory responsibilities of Environment Canterbury.

Co-Governance Agreement