Rural Update 28 July 2022

Healthy Ecosystems

Jobs For Nature

Risks to our Catchment

WAI Action Groups

We’ve achieved a lot over the last couple of years working together through the Jobs for Nature programme. With the addition of funding through the ‘Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao‘ project, we have additional capacity to support landowners.

As we develop the ‘action’ part of the programme, we want to hear from you – What have you got covered? What could you use a bit of support with? What opportunities are you excited about?

To find out, we commissioned Cinta Agri Research to undertake a survey. It’s a stocktake of where we’re at and where we want to go. We want as many perspectives as possible from each property – you, your spouse, other family members, managers and owners. This survey will be completely anonymous, and can be done online or via phone – Cinta is sending out an email so keep an eye out in your inbox.

To help us deliver more value to you, we’d love to hear from you and your team! Please do take the time to fill in the survey. We look forward to hearing from you. To find out more about Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao, click here.

Lake Hāwea aerial

Lake Hāwea Group Successful in Funding Community Engagement

One of the goals of the Lake Hāwea Catchment Group was to create community engagement with all those who are invested in the environment around the lake. Last year, with funding from Beef + Lamb NZ, WAI Wānaka helped to bring together the initial meeting towards this goal.

This included representatives from the catchment group, the Guardians of Lake Hāwea, Contact Energy, ORC, and DOC. 

Common values and issues were identified, and there was strong support to formalise an ongoing stakeholder group to meet twice a year and develop a workplan for the benefit of Lake Hāwea.

With funding from Otago Catchment Community’s Project Fund and the Hāwea Community Association, these facilitated stakeholder meetings will be continued for the next year.

If your group has a project it would like to work towards, get in touch to discuss!

Spring Planting

Talk to us about planting sites for this Spring. Whether it’s planting for carbon, water quality, or biodiversity our ‘Jobs for Nature’ field team may be able to help you get plants in the ground this spring season.

Click here to register interest, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your project.


Recently there have been some changes to the Government’s intensive winter grazing rules. The changes come into effect 1 November 2022 and may impact decisions you are making on farm now as you plan for winter 2023. B+LNZ, along with industry partners, are hosting two online webinars providing an overview of the new rules + things to consider when planning for next winter.

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