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News Planting trial tile

13 Jul 2022

Planting trial at Te Waihora aims to re-establish submerged vegetation

NIWA scientists are working with the Co-Governance Group to re-establish beds of kōrepo (Ruppia megacarpa), water plants to help keep water clean, and provide good habitats for fish and other aquatic organisms.

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News Royal spoonbill flock Steve Attwood

30 Sept 2021

Bird watch - Kōtuku/Royal spoonbill

Kotuku ngutu papa/Royal Spoonbills are frequent visitors to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

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News Hedgehog Credit Simon Gooding TeWaihora

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.

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News Weed Strikeforce tile

25 Jun 2020

Weed Strikeforce in full swing at Te Waihora

In 2020 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere’s Weed Strikeforce team aim to stop the spread of seed-producing female grey willow trees around the edges of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

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News Mute Swans Tarerekautuku Yarrs Lagoon tile

21 Feb 2022

Significant wetland to be restored

In 2022, Selwyn District Council welcomed funding from the Government to restore Tārerekautuku/Yarrs Lagoon, a significant wetland leading to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

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News Te Waihora Reserve Planting

15 Sept 2021

New planting sites will bring back a piece of natural Canterbury

The establishment of two large native planting sites will mark another major step toward restoring native biodiversity in the Selwyn region.

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News Kuaka tile

17 Mar 2015

Kūaka – the bird of mystery

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is an important feeding ground for Kūaka/bar-tailed godwits, who migrate every year from their breeding grounds in the Arctic.

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News How to Fix tile

16 Mar 2021

How to fix Te Waihora

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is one of New Zealand’s most important wetland habitats, and it’s also one of our most polluted lakes. Restoring it to its former abundance of birds and fish will take generations, but it’s possible according to New Zealand Geographic.

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News Getting to know Kaitorete tile

27 Nov 2013

Getting to know Kaitorete Spit

Kaitorete Spit is a long finger of land that runs south-west from Te Pātaka a Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula for 25 kilometres and separates the shallow waters of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere from the Pacific Ocean.

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News New Conservationists tile

27 Feb 2015

Encouraging a new generation of conservationists

In 2015 Canterbury school children participated in Kid's Discovery Plant-out Days aimed at encouraging kids to get involved in nature and the environment.

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News Whakaora Te Ahuriri Documentary tile

13 Oct 2021

Constructed wetland documentary released

Whakaora Te Ahuriri – A Wetland for Te Waihora, which documents the construction of Te Ahuriri was released in 2021.

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News Getting to know Ahuriri tile

06 Jun 2014

Getting to know Ahuriri lagoon

Ahuriri Lagoon is a significant mahinga kai resource located on the Huritini/Halswell River between Tai Tapu and Motukarara.

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