News & Updates

Here you will find all of WAI Wānaka’s newsletters and blog posts. Click on the image or title to read the full story.

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  • June Newsletter 2024
    Our June newsletter is bursting at the seams with news – including an upcoming volunteer event, a new tool for viewing the health of our… Read more
  • Embracing te Taiao – On the Farm: 7 Farms, 190+ Students, and a Whole Lot of Fun
    Earlier this year we had the privilege of welcoming the Year 8s from Te Kura o Tititea / Mount Aspiring College onto farms throughout the… Read more
  • April Newsletter 2024
    As the cold sets in, our April newsletter is here to bring some warmth to your day. Packed with community news, upcoming initiatives and the… Read more
  • Adopt a Drain – Autumn 2024
    Welcome to our ‘Adopt a Drain’ autumn newsletterThis season we’re keeping things simple by focusing on something we can all do to help decrease stormwater… Read more
  • Take action for our water
    This month, we’re shaking things up!  Instead of our usual newsletter, we’ve prepared something special for you… In honour of World Water Day this Friday,… Read more
  • Our first Newsletter of 2024! 
    Whether your year kicked off with a busy or relaxing start, we hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy what our beautiful backyard… Read more
  • Meet the Interns – A catch-up with Emma, Georgie and Cora
    This summer we welcomed three incredible interns here at WAI, working on a range of projects and initiatives. These three wāhine have far surpassed our… Read more
  • Adopt a Drain – Summer 2024
    Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou / Happy New Year ✨ Summer has come in hot – just like our Adopt a Drain Newsletter ☀… Read more
  • December Newsletter
    Can you believe it’s the end of December already? We welcome you to our last newsletter of 2023, your portal into some of the most… Read more
  • November Newsletter
    Did you hear the news about the Australasian crested grebe / kāmana becoming New Zealand’s ‘Bird of the Century’? Talk about going viral! Kāmana (also… Read more
  • Adopt a Drain – Spring 2023
    It’s time for our ‘Adopt a Drain’ newsletter – spring edition! As we gear up for the warmer days ahead, it’s time to talk about… Read more
  • Sampling for microplastics with the Wānaka community
    A little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine and a whole lot of sampling for microplastics! We had so much fun hosting a… Read more
  • October Newsletter
    Spring is in the air, and so is our October newsletter  – your portal to upcoming events, initiatives, and feel-good community news. Let’s dive into it, shall we? Have… Read more
  • Microplastics research project kicks off in Wānaka
    WAI Wānaka has initiated research into microplastics in local freshwater environments following funding success from The Otago Participatory Science Platform, Curious Minds, Ten Square Games… Read more
  • Community Stormwater Action
    Community groups join WAI in protecting waterways from stormwater pollution The Drains are Streams programme is ramping up at WAI. Both in the classroom and… Read more
  • August Newsletter
    Is the health of our lakes changing? When it comes to the deep lakes of our region, caring for the unseen can be challenging. Monitoring… Read more
  • Adopt a Drain – Winter 2023
    Winter is here, and so is our ‘Adopt a Drain’ newsletter – winter edition! Don’t let the cold fool you – our actions still matter,… Read more
  • Winter updates
    It’s Plastic Free July and we’re excited to be diving deeper into A Teeny-Tiny Truth, a research project exploring microplastics in Lake Wānaka. Plastic Free July isn’t… Read more
  • Taking Care of Tyre Gully
    Kia ora kotou, My name is Ben and I am the Science Communicator here at WAI Wānaka. Part of my job is to keep you… Read more
  • Water Citizen Scientists unite!
    Hey there, welcome to the water clarity data collection community! We’ve got something pretty cool to tell you about – ever heard of a Secchi… Read more
  • May 2023 Newsletter
    We’ve been gearing up for some exciting new community projects and initiatives here at WAI. We are thrilled to announce we have received funding to… Read more
  • Adopt a Drain – Autumn 2023
    Welcome to the ‘Adopt a Drain’ community! We are thrilled to share the first edition of our seasonal ‘Adopt a Drain’ newsletter with you. This… Read more
  • Take action this Autumn
    We have had a busy summer preparing lots of opportunities for you to make a difference in your backyard. Check out the list of important mahi… Read more
  • Rural update April 2023
    This month the Jobs for Nature team are busy working with landowners planting natives throughout the catchment. We’ve also been out filming some of the action – come… Read more
  • Growing together
    Let’s celebrate our community planting over 45,000 native trees across the Upper Clutha Catchment over the last five years. The Wānaka Water Project and WAI’s… Read more
  • Rural update March 2023
    What a month we have had here in Wānaka! We have welcomed some much needed rain which lifted the river flows and has hopefully woken up your pastures… Read more
  • WAI in the community
    It’s been a difficult time for many recently – with droughts affecting our region whilst floods have devastated communities in the north.  A question that has… Read more
  • Rural update February 2023
    The field team continues to be busy with plant maintenance and watering, with some rabbit netting for variety. A reminder to those landowners looking to… Read more
  • What role can you play in protecting our special place?
    With summer in full swing, we hope you and your whānau have been out enjoying our lakes and rivers here in the Upper Clutha. After… Read more
  • Rural update January 2023
    We hope you had a chance to take a break over the Christmas and New Year period to spend some time with friends and family and to… Read more
  • Wrapping up 2022
    2022 has been a bustling year here at WAI Wānaka. Protecting our beautiful lakes and rivers would not be possible without your support. From generous donations, to… Read more
  • ALL THINGS URBAN AT WAI
    As the urban communities of Wānaka, Hāwea, Luggate, Cardrona and Makarora continue to grow, so too does the need to look after our urban environments…. Read more
  • Do you love our alpine lakes?
    This gifting season we invite you to look after your treasured alpine lakes – Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea – and their surrounding waterways by supporting education and… Read more
  • Rural update November 2022
    No doubt you’ll be flat out as spring gets into full swing. The teams out in the field have their work cut out over the… Read more
  • WAI’s spring update
    Spring is a fresh start in nature and a time to clear out some clutter, remove weeds and plant the right trees in the right… Read more
  • Protecting our living treasures
    Nuwan De Silva thinks all fish deserve protection. He shares his experiences with WAI Wānaka. Nuwan De Silva is an Estuaries and Freshwater Scientist at… Read more
  • Work with nature: Tania’s story
    This week is WAI Wānaka’s galaxiids week. We hope to raise awareness of the lesser known native fish by giving them a voice. Looking after… Read more
  • A passion for galaxiids
    Ash Rabel is WAI Wānaka’s resident scientist, with a passion for galaxiids and protecting Aotearoa’s habitats on land and especially water. Ash explains how WAI… Read more
  • Rural update September 2022
    We are very excited this month to introduce our new Farm Lead, Magali Domingo! Some of you will recognise Magali (or Maggie) from her work with… Read more
  • Rural update August 2022
    Welcome back to your rural update! We have two great events coming up in the next couple of weeks. It’s all about young farmers and biodiversity farm… Read more
  • The more we know, the better we do!
    E mao ana ki ua, e ua ana ki mao.It is fine until it rains, it rains until it’s fine. Welcome to WAI Wānaka’s winter update! It’s… Read more
  • Science Blog – future research
    Kia ora kotou, Time for a further update on research in the Upper Clutha. Previous science blogs have covered historic and current research in our… Read more
  • Rural Update 28 July 2022
    We’ve achieved a lot over the last couple of years working together through the Jobs for Nature programme. With the addition of funding through the ‘Knowledge… Read more
  • Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao
    WAI Wānaka has been working with the Upper Clutha community since 2016 to protect and enhance ecosystem health and community wellbeing across rural, urban and… Read more
  • Rural update July 2022
    ‘For Māori, Te Taiao is the natural world that contains and surrounds humanity in an interconnected relationship of respect.’  Taiao Ora, Tangata Ora Knowledge into… Read more
  • Better together
    By working together, we empower communities to understand their water, their environment, and their impact. The first official Matariki public holiday has brought forward many beautiful… Read more
  • Rural update June 2022
    The team are up-skilling on the chainsaws to tackle the ever increasing wilding pine issue. It’s a great time of year to be getting on… Read more
  • WAI Wānaka news
    Welcome to the latest WAI Wānaka newsletter! Find out what’s been happening, learn about upcoming events and how you can get involved. We are also looking… Read more
  • Rural update May 2022
    Last week, Ash was at the top of the Cardrona Valley installing a temporary fish passage barrier with DOC to help protect our endangered native… Read more
  • Fostering behaviours of belonging
    WAI Wānaka’s relationship with schools is flourishing. More tamariki and rangatahi are getting involved in environmental mahi, and more local schools want to work with WAI. We need your help to make it happen.
  • Science Blog – current research
    This is WAI Wānaka’s second science blog post. Find out about some recent research that has been happening within our Alpine Lakes. This list is by no extent exhaustive, but highlights some key bits of work occurring.
  • New research commissioned
    We are excited to announce a project with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to start a short-term study of currents in Lake Wānaka. This is the first research of its type on the deep-water lakes in our area.
  • Rural update April 2022
    We have our Autumn team trained up and ready to go! It’s a bit dry for planting so a perfect chance to get them started… Read more
  • Rural update March 2022
    In this update we talk about upcoming winter planting, biodiversity monitoring and pest control and welcome Tom to the management team!
  • Community spirit at it’s best!
    In this newsletter we celebrate the spirit of working together and give you an update on what’s been happening so far this year in WAI Wānaka’s thriving education programme.
  • Rural update 22nd February 2022
    In this update we talk about taking our primary education programme ‘Farmers as Kaitiaki’ online, introducing new roles at WAI Wānaka, native plant education opportunities and more…
  • Rural update 9th February 2022
    How about that rain?! In this newsletter, we farewell Sarah Jamieson, invite you to participate in biodiversity & freshwater monitoring on your property and share upcoming Catchment Group events.
  • Science Blog – historic research
    This blog is the first of three, highlighting key research about environmental issues that WAI has contracted and related research conducted by other agencies from across Aotearoa.
  • An education in tuna with WAI Wānaka
    Aaliyah Pakau-Timoti is studying for a Bachelor of Animal Science at Massey University in Palmerston North, majoring in breeding and genetics. This summer she has… Read more
  • Rural update January 2022
    Last chance for funded riparian planting Do you have a site on your property where you think native planting may help improve the water quality?… Read more
  • Pack a punch with your summer lunch
    We wish you a very happy New Year 2022. In this blog you’ll find out what we’ve been up to and learn all about weeds vs pest plants, even discover some you can eat with your lunch!
  • 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… Read more
  • Give a little, receive a lot
    During these warmer summer months, there are so many ways to enjoy our lakes and rivers. But can you imagine if they were too polluted to be safe?
  • 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.
  • Rural update 23 Nov 2021
    With broom in full flower it’s a great time of year to get those outliers across the farm. The WAI team are trained to chop… Read more
  • Rural update 10 Nov 2021
    “We absolutely loved the Farm Tour so much. You created a wonderful welcoming environment and we learnt heaps…”
  • 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more