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.
WAI WĀNAKA IN A NUTSHELL
Thought Leadership in action
WAI Wānaka is action-focussed. We take a whole-of-basin approach to everything we do, working collaboratively with local businesses, experts, council and iwi to help our community look after the long-term health of the Upper Clutha’s waterways, biodiversity and the natural environment.
Science informs future planning, helping our community to make better decisions. Most of our noise comes from our projects, where there’s lots going on.
We help to connect landowners and businesses into Action Groups supported by facilitators and experts, to harness the knowledge and experience within each group.
Jobs for Nature funding is delivering measurable benefits for the environment while providing much-needed employment for locals on farm properties.