News & Updates

Here you will find all the WAI Wānaka blog posts.

Visit our links page for other documents, resources and links to related websites.

  • Science Blog
    This blog is the first of three that will be published over the next few weeks, highlighting key research that WAI has contracted and research conducted by other agencies from across Aotearoa.
  • 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.
  • 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 29 Sept 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
  • Lockdown learning & biodiversity
    Another four days and we’ll drop an alert level everywhere south of Auckland. We hope you are all coping ok and are gentle on yourselves… Read more
  • WAI Rural Enviro Series
    We’re excited to bring you this workshop series aimed at providing opportunities for women who want to support their farm business. These are small group workshops 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… Read more
  • Winter is here! Inspiration, fun and conservation for the school holidays.
    With almost a week of school holidays left, we invite you to spot one of our special local birds, try some fun activities around our… 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… Read more
  • Why Do We Volunteer?
    During this year’s National Volunteer week, we would like to celebrate one of WAI Wānaka’s most dedicated volunteers. Every organisation needs that one person who… Read more
  • Rural update 15 June 2021
    Only one more week until we’re past the shortest day – here’s hoping we have limited time left with this weather too! This week we’re… Read more
  • Rural update 3 June 2021
    Welcome back to your fortnightly update! Chainsaw Training – 24-25th June There are spaces available at an upcoming chainsaw training course organised by WAI Wānaka…. Read more
  • Rural update 19 May 2021
    If you’ve been planning your winter and spring pest control and planting, see below for relevant links, or get in touch directly to chat through… Read more
  • Jobs for Nature update 6 May 2021
    Our seasonal team finishes up on Friday after seven weeks of work across the Upper Clutha catchment. During this time, together with our long term… Read more
  • Wānaka Water Project update by Matt Shepherd
    Kia ora koutou katoa! I haven’t had the chance to introduce myself to all of you yet. My name is Matt Shepherd and I have… Read more
  • Jobs for Nature update 21 April 2021
    Work update Planting is in full swing and it’s great to see plants going in right throughout the catchment – Matukituki, Cardrona, Luggate, Hāwea Flat… Read more
  • Jobs for Nature Update 8 April 2021
    Planting season has begun (albeit somewhat drier than desired) and, as well as getting new plants in the ground, the Jobs for Nature crew is… Read more
  • WAI Wānaka at the A&P Show
    For the first time, WAI Wānaka and nine other community organisations worked together with the Wānaka A&P Show last weekend to run a space called… Read more
  • Jobs for Nature Update 1 March 2021
    Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This week we start by introducing our field team, talk about the opportunity to… Read more
  • Jobs for Nature Update 1 Feb 2021
    Welcome to the first of our fortnightly WAI Wānaka – Jobs for Nature updates! In these updates, we’ll send through brief snippets about the Jobs… Read more
  • It’s been a big year!
    As we start to wind down and get excited about the upcoming break, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our… Read more
  • Citizen Science Project
    Teens keen to engage with nature  WAI Wānaka team members spent 3 days early December 2020 working alongside Year 10 students from MAC on the… Read more