The Selwyn Waihora water zone stretches from the upper Waimakariri basin and the high country around Lake Coleridge down to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. The vision for Selwyn Waihora is to protect its alpine rivers and high country values and restore the mauri of Te Waihora while maintaining a prosperous land-based economy. Te Waihora and its margins are a taonga to Ngāi Tahu due to the high concentration of mahinga kai, wāi tapu and wāi taonga.
The Waikirikiri / Selwyn Near River Recharge project
Recharging underground aquifers and augmenting stream flow in the Selwyn water zone.
Action on the ground
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Openings tend to be aligned with fish migration periods and other habitat values of the lake.
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What does the Selwyn Waihora water zone committee do?
The committee works with an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff and other Canterbury Water Management Strategy partners to implement water management work programmes in the Selwyn Waihora area. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.
Our partners include:
- Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
- Selwyn District Council
- Living Water
- Waihora Ellesmere Trust
- Central Plains Water.
What are we aiming to achieve by 2020?
We've agreed on several areas of priority and outcomes to budget for and act on in the Selwyn Waihora water zone, which we will measure progress against to 2020. Use the drop-down menus below to see how we are getting on or download and read a summary (PDF file 1.34 MB).
Zone Implementation Programmes
Zone Implementation Programmes or ZIPs were developed in the early stages of the zone committees' existence, following the adoption of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
While we may have moved on in terms of our priorities in each zone, ZIPs remain the foundation of the work we do.
The Selwyn Waihora ZIP and additional recommendations for the management of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, outlined in a ZIP addendum, can be downloaded using the buttons below.
You can also view submissions on the draft ZIP and a summary of feedback.