Our Mission

WAI is the Māori word for water. It also stands for Water Action Initiative. We are an organisation where people who want to safeguard the health of alpine waterways build communities that do.

We harness science, rally the community and engage with our stakeholders to protect the health and wellbeing of our lakes and rivers for future generations.

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.

WAI WĀNAKA IN A NUTSHELL


WAI Wānaka is action-focussed. We take a whole of basin approach to everything we do, working collaboratively to help our community look after the Upper Clutha’s waterways and the natural environment.

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.

WAI Wānaka is collaborating with partners and stakeholders to develop, build and implement science, education and engagement strategies focussed on safeguarding the long-term ecosystem health of our alpine lakes and rivers.

Science will inform future planning, helping our community to make better decisions. Most of our noise comes from our projects, where there’s lots going on.

The Wānaka Water Project is a five year project, kick-started by the community in 2018 to develop a catchment plan, carry out riparian planting and undertake research.

We have connected landowners and businesses into WAI 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.

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

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