Jobs for Nature
Strengthening our shared connections to land, water and ecology.
WAI Wānaka has received funding from Sustainable Business Network and the Ministry for Primary Industries to deliver measurable benefits for the environment alongside providing much-needed local employment.
The Upper Clutha community depends upon its natural resources for both wellbeing and economic reasons.
JOBS FOR NATURE WORKSTREAMS
Understanding aquatic health and diversity on-farm.
Understanding terrestrial life and habitats on-farm.
AND PLANT MAINTENANCE
Planting (native and non-native), plant maintenance, carbon.
WEED PEST CONTROL
Pest plants identified as a threat nationally, regionally, or property specific.
ANIMAL PEST CONTROL
Rabbits, possums, mustelids and other.
Development of Business and farm environmental plans working towards carbon zero.
All work is undertaken in a co-ordinated way, linking where possible with existing work on the ground to maximise beneficial environmental outcomes. Current funding supports 20+ full and part time workers which increased to 30+ for the planting season between March and April 2021.
SINCE NOVEMBER 2020:
Native trees planted on 10 properties
of all farm properties in the Upper Clutha catchment have had work done by WAI Wānaka teams
Properties assisted with rabbit control work
Possum monitoring chewcards distributed and checked in the Cardrona Valley
Action groups formed:
6 catchment groups (farmers)
4 small landholder groups (20 ha+)
Partnering to Plant
Sustainable Business Network is working in partnership with the Director-General of Conservation to contribute to Kaimahi for Nature by establishing the Partnering to Plant Aotearoa project with partners around the country. WAI Wānaka received funding for 14 full and part time workers between 21 September and 13 November 2020.
Local landowners, catchment groups, ORC, QLDC, Iwi, Department of Conservation, Otago Conservation Board, Lake Wānaka Tourism, WAO, Fish & Game, Forest & Bird, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, Lincoln University, University of Otago, Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre, Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust, Ignite Wānaka, Guardian groups, Wānaka Backyard Trapping and many industry, business and community groups.
News & Updates
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