Our Mission

WAI is the Māori word for water. It also stands for Water Action Initiative.
WAI Wānaka’s vision is to safeguard and enhance water quality, ecosystem function and biodiversity within the Upper Clutha basin.

Moving at pace, WAI Wānaka aims to connect the many individuals, community groups, iwi, landowners and businesses undertaking positive work towards building healthy ecosystems and supporting community wellbeing in our region.

Taking a whole-of-basin approach, we encourage and facilitate science (including planning, research and monitoring), community action and educational projects and programmes relating to these purposes.

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.

we do what we do, because we want our work to be effective and enduring. we want the people involved with our projects to look back with pride at what our community has achieved by working together.

We believe the more hands and minds working together towards the same goal, the greater the outcome.
Click here to meet the WAI team.