The lake and catchment of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere have been managed by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury since 2011, when a long-term relationship agreement was signed.

This co-governance agreement recognises the shared commitment to the lake and brings together the tikanga responsibilities of Ngāi Tahu and the statutory responsibilities of the regional council. Selwyn District Council became a party to the agreement in 2014 and Christchurch City Council in 2016.

The Whakaora Te Waihora programme is governed under the co-governance agreement. Strategic decisions are made by the Joint Officials Group and the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group.

Click the image below to read the Strategic Summary or download the document here.