Jobs for Nature Update 1 March 2021

Jobs For Nature

WAI Action Groups

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 plant non-natives species, and announce the date for our Action Group catch up.

This year, WAI Wānaka will be part of the Sustainability Hub ‘Our Place‘ stand at the Wānaka A&P Show (near the President’s Tent), so pop in for a chat if you’re passing by.


Some of you will recognise these faces as they’ve been out in the field since November helping landowners achieve environmental outcomes on-farm. This summer the team have been carrying out rabbit control and native plant maintenance. Needless to say they’re pretty excited about moving into the coming planting season.

Pictured here (from top left in clockwise direction) is: Nina, Nic, Nick, Shannon, Emily, Silvia, Bryn, Helen, Nicky, Sarah A., Kyle, Alice, Ollie, Sarah T.


An opportunity to share knowledge gained, challenges and ideas between Action Groups in the Upper Clutha.

Each group has its own priorities and actions they are working on. This is a social evening aimed at sharing and learning from each other, while catching up over refreshments. We’ll also provide an update on the WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature programme and answer any questions.

Chat to your facilitator for more info, or email Kelly at
We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo: Luggate Catchment Group carrying out electric fishing in the Luggate Creek with Dr Richard Allibone.


Previous funding available through WAI Wanaka has been exclusively for native species, and mostly for the improvement of water quality.

The Jobs for Nature funding has much broader criteria and is available for plantings of native and non-native species that result in any environmental outcome. Including, but not limited to, improving water quality, erosion prevention, habitat restoration, increasing biodiversity and carbon mitigation.

Get in touch if you have a project you’d like to discuss.

Photo: Planting near Lake Wānaka

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