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Community Collaboration

By working together, we empower communities to understand their water, their environment, and their impact.

From WAI Wānaka’s humble beginning, it was clear that none of the work necessary to protect and restore our waterways can be done in isolation.

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Education Programme

Education is at the heart of local action.

Our education and outreach programmes are building a passionate community of water advocates with the skills and knowledge to be the current and future voices for healthy water.

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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.

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Jobs for Nature
Mahi mō te Taiao

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.

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Wānaka Water Project

60 actions were identified for our fresh water, 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 scientific research.

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Knowledge into Action
for te Taiao

Te Taiao – the natural world that contains and surrounds us – is at the centre of this project.

Connecting leading scientists, researchers, tangata whenua and local farmers to develop an understanding of land-use and land management options that enhance te Taiao – the natural world.