CCP Actions

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

Water testing

With the help of WAI Wānaka, the farmers in the basin are involved in a water testing programme to better understand what impact farming practices have on the waterways. 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

Applied Research

It all started with WAI Wānaka hosting an urban stormwater workshop in August 2018 to connect experts and the community. The workshop attendees agreed the following research priorities for urban stormwater runoff into Roys Bay, Wānaka: Measure the quality, quantity and variability of runoff generated by urban areas in Wānaka. Read More