The Wainono Lagoon is a 480-hectare coastal lagoon and wetland of national and international importance for its birdlife and native fish. Its importance derives from the lagoon’s size, diversity of habitats and location in a chain of coastal wetlands. The lagoon and its tributaries are highly significant to Waihao rūnanga as a mahinga kai source and a cultural site.
The Wainono Lagoon Te Mana O Te Wai project is funded by the Ministry for the Environment with contributions from Environment Canterbury and the Department of Conservation. It is led by the rūnanga and aims to improve the water quality of the lagoon through a range of measures.
If you would like to read more about Te Mana O Te Wai Wainono Lagoon Project visit our Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury Zone Biodiversity website.