Welcome, Tautimai

Haere mai and welcome to Whakaora Te Waihora


Whakaora Te Waihora is a cultural and ecological restoration programme for Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, led by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury.


Te Waihora was once a considerable tribal resource known as Te Kete Ika a Rākaihautū – The Fish Basket of Rākaihautū. Today, it is one of New Zealand’s most polluted lakes. It is going to take considerable time, effort and resource to restore and rejuvenate the many values of Te Waihora.”

Tā Mark Solomon

Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu


“It is all about working together to achieve the rehabilitation and restoration of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, which is a regional treasure. And so we must work closely with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, central and local government, industry and the wider community.”

Dame Margaret Bazley

Environment Canterbury Chair of Commissioners