Mā whero, mā pako; ka oti ai te mahi.
The task shall be achieved through unity.
History of the lake
As the ecological and cultural backbone of the region, the story of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is long and diverse.
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.
Whakaora Te Waihora
Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is a hāpua (a shallow, brackish coastal lake-lagoon). It is the largest in Waitaha Canterbury, fifth largest in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and an important wildlife area both nationally and internationally. Whakaora Te Waihora is an extensive ecological and cultural restoration programme underway now. Watch the video to learn more about one of the significant projects - Whakaora Te Ahuriri, a constructed wetland aiming to improve water quality, biodiversity and mahinga kai values.
Whakaora Te Ahuriri, A Wetland for Te Waihora - 2/02/2022
Wonder why we open Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere?
NIWA Ecologist Shannan Crow discusses his project which monitors longfin and shortfin eels in Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
For us and our children after us.
21 Mar 2023
Pest Free Banks Peninsula breaking new ground on hedgehogs
Part of the windswept Kaitorete has been cleared of hedgehogs to protect vulnerable wildlife, in a proof of concept that’s thought to be a national first.Learn more
22 Nov 2022
Waterwise wets appetite for freshwater management
Waterwise 2022 took place in September with a focus on resource management, particularly freshwater and wetlands in the Selwyn Waihora zone, combined with personal and leadership development for the participants.Learn more