Mā whero, mā pako; ka oti ai te mahi – The task shall be achieved through unity

On 25 August 2011, a long-term relationship agreement and shared commitment was signed between the Te Waihora Management Board (representing Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) and Environment Canterbury.

beachThis long-term relationship agreement signalled a shared commitment to the restoration and rejuvenation of the mauri and ecosystem health of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

The parties then signed an interim co-governance agreement which sought to establish an enduring co-governance framework for the active management of Te Waihora and its catchment.

At the end of 2012, having agreed on a co-governance framework, the Te Waihora co-governance agreement was signed by the Environment Canterbury Commissioners and the Te Waihora Management Board.

In 2013, Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury signed a relationship agreement for the programme known as Tuia to mark a new era of collaboration between the organisations and a new approach to management of natural resources in the region, one which acknowledges and brings together the tikanga responsibilities of Ngāi Tahu and the statutory responsibilities of Environment Canterbury.

Read the Te Waihora Co-Governance Agreement.