Rural update September 2021

Last week we welcomed our cohort of seasonal field staff to WAI Wānaka. We’re excited to have another amazing bunch of people on the team for the next 8 weeks. Together with our senior team, they will be undertaking: plantingplant maintenance… Read More

WAI Wānaka turns 5

From three passionate part time volunteers in 2016 to a dedicated workforce of 44, a lot has changed in WAI Wānaka’s five year evolution. WAI Wānaka is a charitable trust started by people from different backgrounds who all shared similar concerns about water. This group first came together with the… Read More

Riparian Planting in the Upper Clutha

With winter drawing to a close, the WAI team is gearing up to start spring planting. The Upper Clutha catchment has an extensive network of streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes. Native forest and wetlands once flanked almost all the streams in this region. We don’t see this today, due to… Read More

Rural update 28 July 2021

Wilding Pine Control The teams have been putting their chainsaw training to good use tackling wilding pines. Wilding pines are a threat to our landscape – affecting conservation, land-use and recreational values in the Upper Clutha. Seed sources are not always easy to remove on farms as they… Read More

Rural update 1 July 2021

It was an exciting week for the team last week as they undertook chainsaw training – a 2 day course to upskill and get certified to safely and effectively use chainsaws to help with weed control, including the removal of small wilding pines.  We’re still busy helping farmers check rabbit proof… Read More

Why Do We Volunteer?

During this year’s National Volunteer week, we would like to celebrate one of WAI Wānaka’s most dedicated volunteers. Every organisation needs that one person who is able to keep a bird’s-eye perspective of what is happening and who can hold all the strings at the same time, without them all… Read More

Rural update 15 June 2021

Only one more week until we’re past the shortest day – here’s hoping we have limited time left with this weather too! This week we’re talking about getting fences checked and ready for winter baiting, how to start planning for spring planting, an upcoming workshop with OverseerFM and an upcoming… Read More

Rural update 3 June 2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly update! Chainsaw Training – 24-25th June There are spaces available at an upcoming chainsaw training course organised by WAI Wānaka. The training is provided through Thoughtplanters and attendees will achieve certification in US29297 L3. For more information or to book a place for you… Read More

Rural update 19 May 2021

If you’ve been planning your winter and spring pest control and planting, see below for relevant links, or get in touch directly to chat through how WAI Wānaka can help you achieve your environmental goals. RABBIT CONTROL If you’re planning winter rabbit control and need a hand checking fences, adding… Read More