Ken Taylor, who played a leading role in the formation of the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere co-governance framework, sees the maturing relationship between the partners as critical to the success of Whakaora Te Waihora. The development of the Te Waihora co-governance framework started in 2009 when Environment Canterbury commissioners began conversations with Ngāi Tahu about a possible co-governance arrangement for the lake. [Read more…]

As councils and Crown research institutes aim to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations to engage with iwi in decision-making processes, many are looking to refine how they engage with Māori.

Environment Canterbury Resource Management Officer, Katherine Hill has spent the last six years investigating Mātauranga Māori in science,  to develop effective strategies that will merge traditional Māori knowledge with western science.

“Two-way information sharing is vital for collaboration and effective management, and as part of my research, I have tried to pinpoint what our organisation needs to be doing to develop successful iwi partnerships,” she says. [Read more…]

Ka whakakao mai nei kā hau
Ahakoa i ahu mai i hea
Te Kete Ika a Rākaihautū te tuatahitaka
Nei anō te reo ka tukuna i te hau o whakamihi
Ki kā reo, ki kā mana, ki kā whakaihuwaka kua whakarauika mai i raro i te whakaaro he ora te whakapiri
Ka ora anō tā tātou kete kai i a tātou e whakapiri ana
Hei whakatikatika anō i tēnei kōrero o mua
Ko ngā hau ki ētahi wāhi, ko ngā kai ki Orariki

The Canterbury Regional Council and Ngāi Tahu respectively hold statutory and tikanga responsibilities in relation to Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere). [Read more…]

Fifteen years ago, Harts Creek, one of the key tributaries leading into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, was in trouble. The stream was silting up, fish numbers had declined and cattle were grazing right down to the water margin.

Local fisherman Allan Fife was concerned. Back in the late 80s he’d been impressed with the world-class trout he and others had been able to net in Harts Creek and he had sadly watched the slow decline in stream conditions. In search of a solution he met with local farmer Peter Chamberlain, who in turn met with an Environment Canterbury representative.

It was decided to get local landowners together, to demonstrate to them that some of their actions were impacting on the stream and from there, the Harts Creek and Birdling’s Brook Streamcare Group was formed. Peter Chamberlain approached Environment Canterbury, and with support from the Department of Conservation and Selwyn District Council and the thirteen neighbouring landowners, extensive work has been carried out to fence and plant the creek. [Read more…]