A group of people weeding along a waterway.

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

people in a field assessing the environment

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

rural planting site

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

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