Swimming in Lake Wānaka - Photo by Deanna Gerlach

Take action for our water

This month, we’re shaking things up!  Instead of our usual newsletter, we’ve prepared something special for you… In honour of World Water Day this Friday, the 22nd of March, we’ve launched an epic guide: Taking Action for World Water Day Learn about the pressures lakes and rivers… Read More

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Our first Newsletter of 2024! 

Whether your year kicked off with a busy or relaxing start, we hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy what our beautiful backyard has to offer.  Ready to try something new? Join us for our first ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ session of summer! Picture this: lakeside views, hands-on learning,… Read More

Emma in the lab at WAI Wānaka

Meet the Interns – A catch-up with Emma, Georgie and Cora

This summer we welcomed three incredible interns here at WAI, working on a range of projects and initiatives. These three wāhine have far surpassed our expectations! Each adding their own vibrant touch and a passion for the environment to the table. We sat down with Emma, Georgie and Cora to… Read More

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December Newsletter

Photo by: Victoria Caffrey Can you believe it’s the end of December already? We welcome you to our last newsletter of 2023, your portal into some of the most memorable moments and highlights that shaped our journey this year. But that’s not all, get ready for some ‘water fun’ ideas for… Read More

November Newsletter

Did you hear the news about the Australasian crested grebe / kāmana becoming New Zealand’s ‘Bird of the Century’? Talk about going viral! Kāmana (also known as pūteketeke) have taken the internet world by storm and soared to victory. In the Forest and Bird ‘Bird of the Century’ competition, they… Read More

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Sampling for microplastics with the Wānaka community

A little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine and a whole lot of sampling for microplastics! We had so much fun hosting a microplastics community event along the Wānaka lakefront last Saturday. The event was a celebration of community engagement, scientific exploration and proactive measures against plastic pollution… Read More

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October Newsletter

Spring is in the air, and so is our October newsletter  – your portal to upcoming events, initiatives, and feel-good community news. Let’s dive into it, shall we? Have a go at sampling for microplastics Join us on Saturday, 14 October from 10:30am – 1:30pm on the Wānaka Lakefront… Read More

Veronica filtering water samples

Microplastics research project kicks off in Wānaka

WAI Wānaka has initiated research into microplastics in local freshwater environments following funding success from The Otago Participatory Science Platform, Curious Minds, Ten Square Games and PlanetPlay. Introducing Veronica Rotman Marine scientist and PhD student Veronica Rotman will be driving the research for this project as a part of her… Read More

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Community Stormwater Action

Community groups join WAI in protecting waterways from stormwater pollution The Drains are Streams programme is ramping up at WAI. Both in the classroom and throughout our local neighbourhoods. To add to the momentum, we’ve teamed up with two avid community groups in our area: Friends… Read More

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August Newsletter

Matariki 2023 by Deanna Gerlach Is the health of our lakes changing? When it comes to the deep lakes of our region, caring for the unseen can be challenging. Monitoring the health of our freshwater is important for tracking changes over time.  We’re on the lookout for keen volunteers to… Read More