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

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