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Jobs for Nature

Strengthening our shared connections to land, water and ecology.

As part of a nationwide initiative, WAI Wānaka’s Jobs for Nature programme delivers measurable benefits for the environment on-farm alongside providing much-needed local employment.

Wānaka Water Project

60 actions were identified for healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing through the Community Catchment Plan.

The Wānaka Water Project oversees the actions, organises community fundraising for riparian planting and commissions urban stormwater research.

Science and Education

Science and learning at the heart of local action.

Safeguarding the future of our waterways requires a plan and educational resources that are supported by scientific research, monitoring and data to make evidence-based decisions.

Action Groups

Connecting landowners, local businesses and the community.

Working together to protect healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for years to come. WAI Wānaka helped establish 6 of the 7 catchment groups and 4 small landholder groups operating in the Central Lakes District.