CCP Actions

Our Drains are Streams

As Wānaka continues to grow, it is more important than ever that we all work together to keep our waterways healthy and safe. Learning about how our drain systems work, and understanding why polluted stormwater causes problems for our lakes and rivers, is everyones responsibility. Read More

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (COP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. This definition holds that there could be multiple COP’s occurring within a region. Typical COP functions include: problem solving; requests… Read More

Take a walk on the wild side

Working with Mount Aspiring College (MAC) and community partners, this initiative assesses whether the Wānaka lakefront development project meets its goals to ‘restore and develop ecology through ecological enhancements’ and to ‘improve land use within the lakefront’. It does this by measuring the impact of the development on biodiversity, water… Read More

Embracing Te Taiao – On the Farm

Education Pilot Programme This programme connects the classroom with environmental issues and solutions on farms in the Upper Clutha catchment. WAI Wānaka has developed in-class and in-field activities for students to explore the connections between our environment and rural land use, focused on: WHENUA – LANDTĀNGATA – PEOPLE WAI MĀORI… Read More

Partnering to Plant

Sustainable Business Network is working in partnership with the Director-General of Conservation to contribute to Kaimahi for Nature by establishing the Partnering to Plant Aotearoa project with partners around the country. WAI Wānaka received funding for 14 full and part time workers… Read More


Wetlands are permanently or intermittently wet areas that support natural ecosystems of plants and animals. They can include bogs, swamps, fens, shallow water and salt marshes, and are found from the coast to the high country. 90% of New Zealand’s wetlands have been cleared and drained in the last 150… Read More

Invasive Species

Freshwater pests in the Otago Region include waterweeds like lagarosiphon, pest fish, and invasive alga like didymo, lindavia (lake snow) and cyanobacteria. These introduced species cause enormous damage to our unique freshwater habitats and diminish… Read More


“Counting species through citizen science”, a BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of… Read More

Riparian Planting

As part of the Wānaka Water Project, 24,000 native plants have been planted over five years (2018-2023) to restore riparian margins. This was led by WAI Wānaka in partnership with Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust, landowners, QLDC, ORC and other stakeholders. Riparian zones are the land beside a creek, river, lake… Read More


A stormwater system is designed to prevent flooding by collecting rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces such as roofs and paved areas like roads, parking lots and driveways. Only drain rain Stormwater isn’t pure water. As it runs over the ground and paved areas towards a drain it picks up… Read More