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Jobs for Nature update 6 May 2021

Our seasonal team finishes up on Friday after seven weeks of work across the Upper Clutha catchment. During this time, together with our long term crew, they have: planted over 6,000 nativescarried out a possum monitoring programme in the Cardrona Valleymaintained rabbit fencing across 12 propertiesremoved Nassella tussock (with ORC… Read More

Wānaka Water Project update by Matt Shepherd

Kia ora koutou katoa! I haven’t had the chance to introduce myself to all of you yet. My name is Matt Shepherd and I have recently taken the project management reins from Megan Williams. Many thanks must go to Megan for the amazing job she has done up till this… Read More

Jobs for Nature update 21 April 2021

Work update Planting is in full swing and it’s great to see plants going in right throughout the catchment – Matukituki, Cardrona, Luggate, Hāwea Flat and Maungawera have all had the WAI teams out planting. Possum monitoring continues up the Cardrona with a chew card system to assess possum distribution… Read More

Jobs for Nature Update 8 April 2021

Planting season has begun (albeit somewhat drier than desired) and, as well as getting new plants in the ground, the Jobs for Nature crew is helping out with weed competition around previous plantings – pre-spraying prep and spraying. Rabbit control continues – primarily fence checking, maintenance and a lot of… Read More

WAI Wānaka at the A&P Show

For the first time, WAI Wānaka and nine other community organisations worked together with the Wānaka A&P Show last weekend to run a space called OUR PLACE. We used interactive and fun activities for the whole family to show how the land, water, flora, fauna, our climate, and us humans,… Read More

Jobs for Nature Update 1 March 2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This week we start by introducing our field team, talk about the opportunity to plant non-natives species, and announce the date for our Action Group catch up. This year, WAI Wānaka will be part of the Sustainability Hub ‘… Read More

Jobs for Nature Update 1 Feb 2021

Welcome to the first of our fortnightly WAI Wānaka – Jobs for Nature updates! In these updates, we’ll send through brief snippets about the Jobs for Nature work programme. Rabbit Control The teams have been busy undertaking rabbit fence checking and maintenance. We work with Peter Preston to advise… Read More

It’s been a big year!

As we start to wind down and get excited about the upcoming break, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters, friends, stakeholders and partners like you who have helped us this year. It’s been a big year for WAI Wānaka with many people behind… Read More

Citizen Science Project

Teens keen to engage with nature  WAI Wānaka team members spent 3 days early December 2020 working alongside Year 10 students from MAC on the lakefront with another day supporting the Waterwise Otago Leadership Programme for young adult leaders from across Otago. WAI Wānaka is developing a citizen… Read More

Being a freshwater scientist

Melanie Vermeulen did a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology. Her focus at the time was on palaeoecology and the ecological interactions that are lost with species extinction. For her thesis, she used ancient DNA analysis on moa coprolites (fossil dung) to look at diet and gastrointestinal parasites of… Read More