WAI Wanaka community events and volunteer opportunities july 2024

Beach clean-up with a side of microplastic sampling

Day: Wednesday, 17 July
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: the Outlet (off of Outlet road just past the Outlet Camp Wānaka – look for the WAI flag)

What to bring:

  • Gloves
  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Water bottle
  • Friends and whānau

Join us for a beach clean-up event along the Outlet (Lake Wānaka / Mata-au). This month, we’re kicking things up a gear by collecting water samples at the end of our clean-up. The samples we collect will be analysed in the lab during our 30th of July session.

Help take care of our waterways and collect valuable data on the pollutants that persist throughout our community by coming along to this volunteer event – all welcome.

Rubbish will be sorted and recorded in the national Litter Intelligence database.

This clean-up is kindly supported by Hello Ranger.

A Teeny Tiny Truth: Microplastics kōrero at the Wānaka Library

Day: Wednesday, 24 July
Time: 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Wānaka Library

Spaces limited – please email to RSVP:

Join us at the Wānaka Library for a kōrero on microplastics in our water, featuring:

  • a screening of our new short film: A Teeny Tiny Truth
  • an introduction to our new microplastics citizen science initiative
  • ‘Plastic-free July’ tips from our friends at Wastebusters & Plastic Free Wānaka

Microplastics lab session

Day: Tuesday, 30 July
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: WAI Wānaka, 185 Riverbank Road

Please express your interest by emailing:

Our first microplastics lab session here at WAI! Learn how to analyse microplastics samples (taken from Lake Wānaka and surrounding tributaries) under the microscope.

No experience needed – this is a citizen science opportunity you won’t want to miss!

boardwalk fluker post wanaka

Photo Monitoring at the Boardwalk

Day: Any day, we need at least one photo per month
Time: Daylight hours
Location: On the grassy knoll just before the Grebes boardwalk

The Wānaka Fluker Post is located next to the Te Ara Wānaka Boardwalk (past the Dinosaur Park).

Download the Fluker Post app and begin your journey as a citizen scientist.

WAI Wānaka facilitated the installation of the first ever Fluker Post in Aotearoa!

Fluker Posts are wooden posts that act as photo points installed at strategic locations in the environment. No camera is left on a Fluker Post. Instead, people walking past use the Fluker Post app on their phone to take a photo of the given scene.

This simple system of repeat photography provides valuable long term habitat restoration data.

Out on the Roto
Visual Clarity Monitoring

Day: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: Lake Wānaka

What to bring:

– Water bottle
– Warm clothes

Join the team as we head out onto the lake with our secchi disks!

We want our community to be educated and aware of what’s happening in our lakes. By rallying together and gathering data, we’ll strengthen our sense of place and grab the attention of researchers who can help us out. The more data we have, the better we can protect one of our most precious resources.

If you’d like to come along, please email


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