Governance

A vision for Co-Governance

Co-Governance is the korowai of kaitiakitanga over Te Waihora and its catchment.

To be leaders providing direction for all those who have a role in, or responsibility for, restoring the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining a prosperous land based economy and thriving communities for current and future generations.

Co-Governance for Te Waihora

Why does this matter to us?

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is one of New Zealand’s most important wetland systems and is a regional, national, and international taonga.  Today, it is also 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/Lake Ellesmere.

The lake’s importance is recognised in a National Water Conservation Order which lists its outstanding features as habitat for wildlife, indigenous wetland vegetation and fish; and significance in accordance with tikanga Māori in respect of Ngāi Tahu history, mahinga kai and customary fisheries.

To restore the mauri of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere we must work closely together as iwi, central and local government, industry and the wider community.

The Te Waihora Co-Governance group comprises Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City Council.  Respectively we hold kaitiaki and statutory responsibilities in relation to Te Waihora and its catchment.  The parties have come together under a voluntary Co-Governance Agreement.

We are jointly committed to providing direction for all those who have a role in, or responsibility for, restoring the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining a prosperous land based economy and thriving communities for current and future generations.

Co-Governance Commitments

We will:

  • Commit to co-governing the lake and its catchment
  • Provide political leadership and influence for the implementation of our strategic direction for the lake
  • Set strategic direction and priorities for all those working to restore the mauri of Te Waihora, ki uta ki tai
  • Secure sustainable long-term funding for actions on the ground
  • Promote integration and alignment of actions across the lake and catchment within an overarching framework for restoration and rejuvenation
  • Share decision making and responsibilities
  • Provide an intergenerational focus
  • Evaluate effectiveness over time

Read the Te Waihora Co-Governance Strategy – Action Plan June 2018

The members of the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group are:

  • Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Co-Chair of the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group
  • Steve Lowndes, Environment Canterbury Chair, and Co-Chair of the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group
  • Sam Broughton, Mayor of Selwyn District Council
  • Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch City
  • Liz Brown, Ngāi Tahu Co-Governor
  • Yvette Couch-Lewis, Ngāi Tahu Co-Governor
  • Megen McKay, Ngāi Tahu Co-Governor
  • Rei Simon, Ngāi Tahu Co-Governor
  • Elizabeth Cunningham, Environment Canterbury Councillor
  • Honorary Professor Peter Skelton, CNZM, Environment Canterbury Councillor



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