FAQ

What were the achievements of phase one of the programme?

Phase One of the programme (running from 2012-2017) focused on 5 key aims:

  1. Accelerate the restoration of ecosystem health of an internationally significant wetland, notable for its wildlife and native vegetation values.
  2. Begin the process of restoring and enhancing specific cultural sites and mahinga kai.
  3. Protection and restoration of lake margin wetland habitats,...Read More »

Is gamebird hunting permitted at Te Waihora?

 Te Waihora supports up to 166 different species of bird, including a large population of the grey teal (tete).

Hunting game birds is permitted on the lake. It is a very popular mallard duck-shooting area and other species available for hunting include: black swan, Canada geese and feral geese.

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How do weeds affect wetlands?

Without weed control, wetlands like Te Waihora will continue to be choked by invasive species like willow and reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). This will affect water movement, water quality, siltation of the channels and will eventually displace the native vegetation that supports fish, bird and invertebrate species. The result...Read More »


What is happening in the Huritini/Halswell area?

Contractors have re-graded the banks along sections of some of the waterways to enhance drainage and flood control. Amending the bank slope also provides a better environment for planting native grasses, shrubs and trees.

These plants improve native biodiversity, help stabilise banks, shade the water to help decrease future weed growth...Read More »


Is recreational fishing permitted in Te Waihora?

Te Waihora is appreciated as a high-quality recreational area. Permitted activities include bird watching, game bird shooting and fishing. Parts of the lake are also used for water sports such as water skiing, power boating, jet skiing, wind and kite surfing and kayaking.

Recreational fishing in Te Waihora and its tributaries...Read More »


What is the history of commercial fishing in Te Waihora?

Hapū at Te Waihora were involved in extensive trading of fish before European settlement. This continued after European settlement, with the supply of various fish to the Christchurch market. In 1864, European flounder fishing began and in 1865, Thomas Robelli, an Italian, settled at Te Waihora as a commercial fisherman....Read More »


Will the Whakaora Te Waihora Programme be monitored?

Yes, there is comprehensive integrated monitoring in place to track the programme’s activities and achievements. Monitoring ensures that the development and implementation of work-streams will deliver on programme aims. Joint cultural and ecological restoration plan.

Integrated monitoring simply means that different monitoring data are combined for reporting purposes, when all relate...Read More »