WET Projects

WET’s purpose is to facilitate and encourage the implementation of the Community Strategy and, with such a broad range of goals, targets and actions, this means that WET is involved in many different projects.

Some of our major projects have their own project page:

State of the Lake Report

2017 State of the Lake Report
2015 State of the Lake Report
2013 State of the Lake report

Annual Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count

2020 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2019 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2018 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2017 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2016 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2015 TeWaihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2014 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count
2013 Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Bird Count

Living Lake Symposium

In addition, the biennial Living Lake symposia each have their own event page which details the programme and presentations from each. The 2007 Living Lake symposium page includes downloadable chapters of the State of the Lake book published in 2008.

Living Lake 2017
Living lake 2015
Living Lake 2013
Living Lake 2011
Living Lake 2009
Living Lake 2007


Green Footprint
Waihora Ellesmere Catchment Riparian Restoration Programme
Sustainable Drain Management project
Papers Past

WET Project Articles

Catchment Planting Programme 2008 – 11

Back in 2008 WET secured funding for a riparian restoration programme. This project has seen over 50,000 natives planted and a great deal has been achieved, A summary has now been added to this page [...]

By |September 5th, 2011|Projects|

Papers Past – The Ellesmere Guardian

Another 20,000 pages of The Ellesmere Guardian went online on April 15th, covering the period 1906 to 1945.  A celebration was held at Leeston Library in early May. This a real partnership project, with WET [...]

By |June 10th, 2011|News, Projects|

Riparian Restoration – lessons learned

WET's riparian restoration programme, undertaken over the last couple of planting seasons, has provided a lot of information and helped us to understand what works well in the catchment. We have now produced a new [...]

By |March 28th, 2011|Projects|

Implementing the Community Strategy

In response to concerns about the decline in the water quality of Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, an Issues group was formed in 2002.  This group represented a wide range of interests and they met regularly [...]

By |December 7th, 2010|Projects|

Lake is currently:OPEN to the sea Latest lake level reading:0.8m calm average lake level recorded on June 14, 2021 READ MORE >>