Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Co-Governors welcome Te Waihora planting programme

Co-Governors welcome Te Waihora planting programme

The Co-Governors of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City Council) have welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, that 68,000 native trees will be planted around the Te Waihora shoreline.

The project will create 34 hectares of new kahikatea swamp forest as part of the Government’s One Billion Trees programme.

Co-Chairs Steve Lowndes (Environment Canterbury) and Lisa Tumahai (Ngāi Tahu) said the new kahikatea forest will offer great conservation and cultural value, and add to the variety of native planting projects that had been happening around the lake for many years.

“The lake shoreline was once covered with native forest,” they said. “This project will create habitat for native birds and fish, and improve the health of the wetland ecosystem by helping to prevent nutrients flowing into the lake. It will enhance the work iwi and many others are doing to protect and restore the cultural and ecological values of the lake and its margins.”

The Department of Conservation recently accepted an invitation to join the Te Waihora Co-Governance Group. Also working on this planting project will be Co-Governance partners Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council, as well as Living Water (a DOC/Fonterra partnership), Te Ara Kākāriki and Waihora Ellesmere Trust.

Another project including extensive native planting and promoted by the Co-Governors is Whakaora Te Ahuriri, a $3.5-million project for a new wetland and improved habitat to ensure the future of mahinga kai in the Ahuriri Lagoon and downstream Huritini/Halswell River: https://tewaihora.org/ahuriri-lagoon-project-underway/

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available.

Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>





InfoPages News Channels