It’s your place too!

OUR PLACE is a collaborative group of community organisations who have come together to create and establish interactive showcases and community events that aim to show you and your whānau how land, water, flora, fauna, climate and humans are all connected.

Following the success of the OUR PLACE showcase at the 2023 Wānaka A&P Show, we plan to continue working together as a collaborative unit for future community events and initiatives. Follow along with each organisation listed below to stay updated on future OUR PLACE initiatives.

graphic image of the lake, mountains and people

2023 Wānaka A&P Show – one for the books!

On behalf of OUR PLACE, we wanted to extend a big thank-you to all who contributed or participated in OUR PLACE at this year’s Wānaka A&P Show. We had so much fun sharing knowledge and learning together as a community. Our new Tui and Grebe mascots were skilfully crafted from second-hand materials by the clever team at Fabricate and helped encourage hundreds of families to OUR PLACE. View our reel here.

Visitors to our showcase had the opportunity to learn more about worm farming, composting, the grebe project, how to trap in their own backyard, what native plants thrive in our area, our native fish, and rivers in the catchment, how to keep their bike on the road for active transport and how to upcycle used materials to make earrings.

This year, OUR PLACE was made possible by The Lions Foundation, and many dedicated volunteers who gave their time and energy into making OUR PLACE a success.

A&P Show images by Jeannine Tuffin.


WAI Wānaka logo

WAI Wānaka’s vision is to protect and maintain healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for future generations.

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust logo

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin for native habitat restoration.

Grow Wānaka logo

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

Wānaka Backyard Trapping logo

Wānaka Backyard Trapping is focused on predator trapping in the Upper Clutha’s backyard.  

POW logo

Protect Our Winters Aotearoa connects passionate outdoor enthusiasts and everyone who loves and needs winter to generate positive climate outcomes.

wao - we are one - logo

Wao aims to educate, inspire and enable Aotearoa communities to accelerate towards a carbon-zero, regenerative future and beyond.  

Kiwi Conservation Club logo

Kiwi Conservation Club is Forest and Bird’s young members group, connecting tamariki to Aotearoa’s amazing wildlife and wild places. 

Team Green of Te Kura o Tititea/Mount Aspiring College is a self-driven group of young students interested in taking environmental action in the community. 

Wānaka Community Workshop/Fabricate is an inclusive space, where people are welcome to come and participate in or host workshops, work together on individual or community projects. 

Southern Lakes Sanctuary’s vision is a Southern Lakes Sanctuary of spectacular mountains, lakes and rivers, with thriving ecosystems and abundant wildlife that is enjoyed by people who treasure the whenua.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers and other sponsors and supporters