WAI Wānaka 2021

2021 has been another year of many challenges for communities around the globe. We would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU to everyone who’s been involved, gifted money or donated valuable time to work with us towards our shared vision of healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for… Read More

This is WAI

This month, we are excited to share our first booklet that explains what WAI does, some local stories and upcoming events with you. Read More

WAI at the WAO Summit

We would like to invite you to join us for this year’s Wao Summit Food & Fibre events, 26th – 31st October. The Wao Summit is designed to accelerate our community towards a zero carbon future and the Food & Fibre programme delivers everything from practical workshops for monitoring on-farm… Read More

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