Science & Education

Science & Education at the heart of local action


Safeguarding the future of our waterways requires a plan that is supported by research, monitoring and data to make evidence-based decisions.

WAI Wānaka’s science and education devision works with experts to develop the science and research plans that are needed to understand and protect our catchment. 

Partnerships are being developed with Catchments Otago, Lincoln University and NIWA. We facilitate research, action, ideas and conversation that advance our understanding of our environment and the alpine lakes and waterways in our region. We provide practical evidence based actions and ways we can all get involved. 


EDUCATION STRATEGY

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Schools

Preschool
Primary
Secondary
  • Lakefront biodiversity monitoring Years 11-13
  • Rural education pilot – farmers as kaitiaki / Years 5-8
  • Urban education pilot – stormwater, wetlands, business environment plans
  • School camps
  • Pilot roll outs – adaptation across years and schools
  • Student scholarship and work placement
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Post-school

Tertiary
Vocational
Workplace
  • Internship program – University of Otago, Lincoln University, Waterways Centre
  • Micro credentials – workplace training
  • Technology / Innovation lab collaboration – Otago Polytechnic, Regional Centre of Expertise
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Community

Citizen science
Capability
Outreach
  • Community events – WAO Summit, A&P Show, Matariki Celebration
  • Community education programmes – Waterwise, Kahu Youth, Team Green, visitors
  • Capability / Skillshare – community groups, landowners, business owners

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