Wānaka aerial of Roys Bay - - Copyright WAI Wānaka


As the urban communities of Wānaka, Hāwea, Luggate, Cardrona and Makarora continue to grow, so too does the need to look after our urban environments. The Community Catchment Plan is our shared roadmap to improve and maintain the long-term health of the Upper Clutha Catchment, including our urban… Read More

Group of school kids with a message about water

Do you love our alpine lakes?

This gifting season we invite you to look after your treasured alpine lakes – Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea – and their surrounding waterways by supporting education and volunteer programmes in your backyard. You have the opportunity to help empower your community to look after the place we all love… Read More

Rural Update November 2022

No doubt you’ll be flat out as spring gets into full swing. The teams out in the field have their work cut out over the next few weeks keeping on top of plant maintenance, and getting some new planting sites underway. This week we introduce Lucy Murray to the WAI… Read More

Upper Clutha basin aerial photo

WAI’s spring update

Spring is a fresh start in nature and a time to clear out some clutter, remove weeds and plant the right trees in the right place.  WAI Wānaka’s field teams have been supporting landowners around the Upper Clutha Basin over the winter by removing wilding conifer trees and are… Read More

Clutha Flathead galaxias - photo by Angus McIntosh

Protecting our living treasures

Nuwan De Silva thinks all fish deserve protection. He shares his experiences with WAI Wānaka. Nuwan De Silva is an Estuaries and Freshwater Scientist at the Environment Southland. The council helps manage streams, rivers and estuaries in Southland region. Originating from Sri Lanka, Nuwan stated… Read More

Work with nature: Tania’s story

This week is WAI Wānaka’s galaxiids week. We hope to raise awareness of the lesser known native fish by giving them a voice. Looking after these at-risk species takes a collective effort across time and space. Read more about the mahi many people are involved in around Aotearoa and what… Read More

A passion for galaxiids

Ash Rabel is WAI Wānaka’s resident scientist, with a passion for galaxiids and protecting Aotearoa’s habitats on land and especially water. Ash explains how WAI Wānaka have been dedicating their time to protecting these often-overlooked habitats. Ash with one of his fish barriers Ash works part time for WAI Wānaka… Read More

Rural Update September 2022

We are very excited this month to introduce our new Farm Lead, Magali Domingo! Some of you will recognise Magali (or Maggie) from her work with the Lake Wānaka Catchment group. Maggie will be working alongside groups to help coordinate meetings and activities to achieve their goals. The B+LNZ workshop –… Read More

Professor David Norton giving a talk on Biodiversity

Rural Update August 2022

Welcome back to your rural update! We have two great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. It’s all about young farmers and biodiversity farm planning. Young Farmers and Rural Professionals Event: Challenges & Opportunities for NZ Farming in 2022 WAI Wānaka has the opportunity to create a programme of events… Read More

Lake Wānaka in winter with kōwhai flowers and tamariki learning about stormwater

The more we know, the better we do!

E mao ana ki ua, e ua ana ki mao.It is fine until it rains, it rains until it’s fine. Welcome to WAI Wānaka’s winter update! It’s been a wet and snowy winter season so far, so it’s great to see the sun and the first kōwhai flowers out in Wānaka this week!… Read More