May 2023 Newsletter

We’ve been gearing up for some exciting new community projects and initiatives here at WAI. We are thrilled to announce we have received funding to support microplastics research here in Lake Wānaka – the first of its kind in our community!  We are incredibly grateful for the support of our… Read More

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Adopt a Drain – Autumn

Welcome to the ‘Adopt a Drain’ community! We are thrilled to share the first edition of our seasonal ‘Adopt a Drain’ newsletter with you. This newsletter is all about creating stewardship for our neighbourhood drains, a place where we can share tips and tricks related to keeping our storm drains… Read More

Take action this Autumn

We have had a busy summer preparing lots of opportunities for you to make a difference in your backyard. Check out the list of important mahi below and see how you can get involved. UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES AND DIARY DATES April 28th  4.30pm-5.30pm: Measure the visual clarity of Lake Wānaka (more details below) May… Read More

Rural update April 2023

This month the Jobs for Nature team are busy working with landowners planting natives throughout the catchment. We’ve also been out filming some of the action – come along to the Glendhu Woolshed on the 5th May to celebrate the mahi and see the debut of the film featuring landowners from across the district… Read More

Growing together

Let’s celebrate our community planting over 45,000 native trees across the Upper Clutha Catchment over the last five years. The Wānaka Water Project and WAI’s Jobs for Nature programme have brought together farmers, community groups, volunteers and contractors to plant out our… Read More

Rural update March 2023

What a month we have had here in Wānaka! We have welcomed some much needed rain which lifted the river flows and has hopefully woken up your pastures and crops. We also had a great Wānaka Show over the weekend.  WAI Wānaka were at two sites this year and we want to thank you… Read More

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WAI in the community

It’s been a difficult time for many recently – with droughts affecting our region whilst floods have devastated communities in the north.  A question that has been on our mind is how we, as a catchment and a country, learn from these events to prepare for the effects of climate change… Read More

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Rural update February 2023

The field team continues to be busy with plant maintenance and watering, with some rabbit netting for variety. A reminder to those landowners looking to carry out any planting in the Autumn that the field team is available to help with planning and planting. Get in touch so we can… Read More

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Rural update January 2023

We hope you had a chance to take a break over the Christmas and New Year period to spend some time with friends and family and to enjoy the wonderful weather that we have had over the past few weeks. The team here at WAI have been in various destinations enjoying time… Read More

Wrapping up 2022

2022 has been a bustling year here at WAI Wānaka. Protecting our beautiful lakes and rivers would not be possible without your support. From generous donations, to volunteering, to following WAI’s journey and sharing our mahi with others, your help truly makes a difference. We want to take this time to say a… Read More