There are so many ways we all enjoy our lakes and rivers. Can you imagine if they were too polluted to be safe?
Looking at what seems like pristine waters, it may be hard to imagine. But many rivers and lakes in our beautiful country are in that position right now. Our stunning local waterways are no exception. The threats to our fresh water are real, and they are growing. Every day our waterways and their delicate ecosystems are under more and more pressure.
ACCELERATING LOCAL ACTION FOR OUR FRESH WATER
Our Action Plan
We have an action plan for our catchment, the mighty Upper Clutha, covering a total area of 4,600 km2.
The Community Catchment Plan is our shared roadmap to improve and maintain the long-term health of Upper Clutha’s freshwater.
It identifies risks to the health of our waterways, gaps in our understanding and actions we need to take in order to reduce the effects of human activity on our aquatic ecosystems.
Healthy Ecosystems and Community Wellbeing for future generations
Our work supporting healthy ecosystems includes habitat restoration through native planting, weed control, pest animal and predator control, water monitoring and biodiversity enhancement.
These on the ground actions are based on current science and backed by educational programmes and community outreach. We are also helping businesses, landowners and urban groups to develop and roll out environmental plans.
Research shows that community wellbeing is closely linked to the natural environment, and connectedness to nature can enhance our emotional, physical and mental health, and reduce feelings of social isolation.
We believe that the more people know, the more prepared they are to step up. Each of us – locals and visitors alike – has a part to play in protecting this special place.
Jobs for Nature
Strengthening our shared connections to land, water and ecology.
As part of a nationwide initiative, WAI Wānaka’s Jobs for Nature programme delivers measurable benefits for the environment on-farm alongside providing much-needed local employment.
Wānaka Water Project
60 actions were identified for healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing through the Community Catchment Plan.
The Wānaka Water Project oversees the actions, organises community fundraising for riparian planting and commissions scientific research.
Education & Outreach
Education is at the heart of local action.
Our education and outreach programmes are building a passionate community of water advocates with the skills and knowledge to be the current and future voices for healthy water.
Connecting landowners, local businesses and the community.
Working together to protect healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for years to come. WAI Wānaka helped establish 6 of the 7 catchment groups and 4 small landholder groups operating in the Central Lakes District.
Who is WAI Wānaka?
We’re an organisation made up of passionate individuals with a shared vision of healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for future generations.
By working together, we empower communities to understand their water, their environment, and their impact.
WAI Wānaka’s team is on the ground, working with local individuals, catchment groups, landowners, iwi, councils, businesses, community groups and schools to improve ecosystem health, reverse biodiversity loss and keep our water healthy.
This is WAI 2021
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By working together, we empower communities to understand their water, their environment, and their impact
The more hands and minds working together towards the same goal, the greater the outcome.
Become part of our team of amazing volunteers. Fill in our questionnaire and let us know how you would like to participate.
Want to help us take care of this special place? Every donation, big or small, helps to create positive change for our environment.
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News & Updates
- Science BlogThis blog is the first of three that will be published over the next few weeks, highlighting key research that WAI has contracted and research conducted by other agencies from across Aotearoa.
- WAI Wānaka 20212021 has been another year of many challenges for communities around the globe. We would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU to… Read more
- Give a little, receive a lotDuring these warmer summer months, there are so many ways to enjoy our lakes and rivers. But can you imagine if they were too polluted to be safe?
- This is WAIThis month, we are excited to share our first booklet that explains what WAI does, some local stories and upcoming events with you.