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Whakaora Te Waihora is a cultural and ecological restoration programme for Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere

As well as being an internationally significant wetland, Te Waihora has outstanding significance for Ngai Tahu as a tribal taonga, representing a major mahinga kai and an important source of mana. In Ngai Tahu history, it was Rakaihautu and his son Rokohuia who first landed the Uruao waka on the South Island/Te Waipounamu, many centuries ago.

Rakaihautu travelled down the island beating the land with his ko and leaving the inland lakes. The original name for the lake is Te Kete Ika o Rakaihautu/The Fish Basket of Rakaihautu, in reference to the lake being a considerable tribal resource.

 

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