OUR PLACE

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. Aiming to show you and your whānau how land, water, flora, fauna, climate and humans are all connected.

Follow along with each organisation listed below to stay updated on future OUR PLACE initiatives.

graphic image of the lake, mountains and people

Another year, another OUR PLACE showcase at the Wānaka A&P Show! Our showcase served as a vibrant hub full of collaboration, relationship building and environmental learnings for all. Visitors to our tent were welcomed by an inviting atmosphere. We deemed it the ‘chill out zone’ of the A&P showgrounds! Featuring bright beanbags and cozy nooks in the shade – a perfect setting to relax and engage with local organisations.

Amidst the sunny weather, the relaxing ambience of OUR PLACE was complimented by native bird music playing through our speakers, as well as complementary baked goods and tea for visitors of the showcase.

We’d like to thank everyone who stopped by the OUR PLACE showcase. May it have been to complete our community survey or simply to chat with those involved. A huge thank-you also goes out to The Rotary Club of Wānaka, for offering their tent in-kind. The Wānaka and Districts Lions Club for their donation towards resources. As well as the Wānaka A&P Show, for providing us with a site at this year’s show.


Reflecting on all of the connections made and knowledge shared during the recent A&P Show, we’re excited by the possibilities ahead for OUR PLACE. Together, we recognise the unique significance of OUR PLACE as a collective. We are dedicated to ensuring its long term continuation through seasonal gatherings and community events. Stay tuned as we work together to create future showcases for our communities. Working towards making a lasting impact on our environment.

Mā te wā – see you later!


Who is part of OUR PLACE?

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. 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.

Helping Pūteketeke /Australasian Crested Grebes to breed and thrive on Lake Wānaka in New Zealand.

Love Wānaka is a charitable funding platform that seeks to connect our visitors – and the industry that supports them – to projects of value in the Wānaka region through funding and volunteer opportunities.

Forest & Bird is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation. We are nature’s voice and work to defend nature – across our Land, Fresh water, Oceans and Climate & Economy. But we can’t do it without your support.

Friends of Bullock Creek

We exist to protect, restore and enhance the public amenity and the environment of Bullock Creek. All the way from the head waters to its entry point into Lake Wānaka, New Zealand.

The Upper Clutha Wilding Tree Group works with community groups and experienced contractors in the Wānaka and Hāwea areas. Protecting NZ native ecosystems and biodiversity from the threat of invasive plants like wilding conifers. 

Lindis Pass Conservation Group

Committed to enhancing and promoting the natural conservation and recreational values of the Lindis Pass conservation areas.


Thank you to our amazing volunteers and other sponsors and supporters!
Rhyme and Reason

Wānaka and Districts Lions club