We work with landowners and the community to protect, preserve and restore wetlands across Canterbury.
Wetland protection work
The Greenburn wetland has established bullrush/raupō, at-risk threatened plant species, and habitat that is perfect for native flora and fauna.
Hāpuku Scarp wetland
Totalling more than 10 hectares, the Hapuku Scarp wetland is one of the best examples of a bush and scarp wetland in the South Island, with some of New Zealand’s southernmost tawa and black maire trees.
Mill Road wetland
Wetland habitat has been fenced off along Lyell Creek/Waikōau with additional springs and overland flow paths protected.
This project aims to enhance and invest in freshwater quality on farm, while allowing business continuity.
Mt Fyffe Farm wetland
The mānuka-dominant wetland hosts ‘swamp astelia’, which is uncommon on New Zealand’s East Coast.
More than 1800 plants, planted across more than a decade, are creating an ecological haven for native species.
Okuku Downs wetland
Funding has been allocated to support the protection of a red tussock swamp wetland at Okuku Downs in the Lees Valley hill country.
The Otipua wetland is part of ongoing project in the Otipua-Saltwater Creek catchment.
Oxford wetland project
Environment Canterbury and the QEII Trust are working together with a landowner to help with land retirement, fencing, weed control and planting to enhance an important ecological habitat near Oxford.
The Richon wetland project in Lees Valley aims to protect and restore indigenous flora and fauna by excluding farmed livestock and feral deer.
The Pines wetland
The Pines Wetland in the Tūhaitara Coastal Park in North Canterbury is around 44 hectares and is a focus for the Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust to protect and restore.
This project, part of NZ Landcare Trust's Managing Wetlands as Farm Assets programme, shows the range of benefits a wetland can offer the farming system, environment, and community.
A planting and fencing project has enhanced one of the main tributaries to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
Whakaora Te Ahuriri
A landmark wetland project has created a new habitat for native plants and animals as part of the Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere Co-Governance programme.