Community Wellbeing


Healthy Ecosystems

Our place is your place too!

A group of community-based organisations join forces to create a space for interactive and fun learning for all ages to show how land, water, flora, fauna, climate, and us humans, are all connected.

The first collaborative event took place at the 2021 Wanaka A&P Show under the banner of ‘OUR PLACE‘ and was a great success. The collective would like to thank the show and our many sponsors for their support. We would also like to thank everyone who created, visited and enjoyed our family friendly interactive space for their enthusiasm and energy.

OUR PLACE is supported by several hundred voluntary hours and gifts in-kind from our community. If you would like to help at future events, please email getinvolved@waiwanaka.nz

We asked you – our community – what you valued about our waterways and you told us. You want these beautiful lakes, rivers and ecosystems to be healthy, and you asked for water that is drinkable and safe for recreation. Changes in urban and rural land-use affect water quality. Water is impacted by pollution, pest species, an increase in human activity and climate change.

In the WAI space at the 2021 Wānaka A&P Show you could explore our aquatic ecosystems, learn how water is filtered and meet the tiny creatures that can tell us so much about the health of their habitats.

Meeting tiny freshwater creatures with WAI Wānaka
Part of the OUR PLACE hub at the 2021 Wānaka A&P Show
Jewellery from recycled materials with Team Green
All about reusable cups with SUC Free Wānkaka

Links to educational resources:

A brief summary of each organisation involved:

WAI Wānaka’s mission is to accelerate local action for our fresh water, improve ecosystem health and reverse biodiversity loss.

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust aims to inspire community native habitat restoration through propagation, education and hands-on participation. 

WAO aims to educate, inspire and enable New Zealand communities to accelerate towards a carbon-zero, regenerative future and beyond. 

Kiwi Conservation Club is Forest & Bird’s young members group, connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places. 

Team Green from Mount Aspiring College is self-driven group of young students interested in taking action in the community on sustainability and environmental issues.

SUC Free Wānaka is a community led campaign to make our beautiful place free of the scourge that is single-use cups by 2022. 

Grow Wānaka is a community food hub that diverts food scraps from landfill and uses them to build healthy soil and grow nutritious kai. 

Friends of Bullock Creek exists to protect, restore and enhance the environment of Bullock Creek from head waters to its entry point into Lake Wanaka.

Kahu Youth engages with young people by involving them in productive, learning and fun activities so they can connect to the wider community and continue to build life skills, self-esteem and confidence.

Phoenix Wildlife Enhancement encourages connections between pest control, planting and promoting native wildlife back into our environment and backyard. 

In addition to the local community organisations, Otago Museum joined Our Place with their Tech Tent containing activities on climate change. Otago Museum shares the natural, cultural and scientific stories of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters