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

Roys Bay drifter study June 22

Science Blog – future research

Kia ora kotou, Time for a further update on research in the Upper Clutha. Previous science blogs have covered historic and current research in our catchment area. This blog takes a brief look at some of the future research needed to… Read More

Lake Hāwea aerial

Rural Update 28 July 2022

We’ve achieved a lot over the last couple of years working together through the Jobs for Nature programme. With the addition of funding through the ‘Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao‘ project, we have additional capacity to support landowners. As we develop the ‘action’ part of the programme, we want… Read More

Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao

WAI Wānaka has been working with the Upper Clutha community since 2016 to protect and enhance ecosystem health and community wellbeing across rural, urban and tourism sectors. Recently winning the Outstanding Not-for-Profit Award at the Ignite Business Awards in Wānaka and the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Award for Catchment Groups,… Read More