Environment Southland

Water Story

Haere mai and welcome to our new and evolving Water Story. This is a place where you can learn more about how our fresh waterways are doing and what some of the key stresses on them are. We’ll also be sharing and profiling some of the great things that are going on across the region in an effort to help maintain and improve them. We hope you’ll come on this journey with us.


New guide to Southland's monitored estuaries available


Environment Southland has been running a monitoring programme on estuary health since 2000, starting out on the four largest estuaries on the south coast: Waikawa Harbour, New River, Jacobs River and Toetoes estuaries. Haldane Estuary and Bluff Harbour were added by 2005, and in 2008 monitoring began in Waimatuku Estuary, Waiau Lagoon and Freshwater Estuary on Stewart Island.

The booklet provides an overview of what an estuary is, why they are important, what the problems are, and what we look for and assess as part of our monitoring programme.

You can find the booklet and a summary of Southland's estuaries health on our website: https://www.es.govt.nz/environment/water/estuaries.