Rural update January 2022

Jobs For Nature

WAI Action Groups

Last chance for funded riparian planting

Do you have a site on your property where you think native planting may help improve the water quality?

The Wānaka Water Project is in its final year of planting and looking for sites. This project offers support for both public and private planting sites by providing native plants and planting.

Through this funding we can help fast track your planting plans. Whether it is a Critical Source Area (CSA), stream or wetland, if you think you have a suitable area and are interested in planting get in touch with us to organise a site visit and assessment.

If you’re not sure how to get started with native planting, we can help with species selection and planting plans.

COVID – Red Traffic Light Setting

The WAI field team are still able to operate at Red. WAI has extra precautions in place and will continue to keep our processes aligned with the Ministry of Health recommendations.

If you have any extra precautions on your property that you would like us to follow, please let us know.


Training and Upskilling

Throughout this year, we will be running a number of trainings for our field teams, including:

  • Growsafe: for safe and effective application of agrichemicals
  • Chainsaw training: working towards the National Certificate for Felling – Non-production
  • 4WD training: for safe on-farm driving

Most courses require minimum numbers to go ahead.

Get in touch to register interest and we’ll be in touch.

Upcoming webinar: 
Digging deeper on soil compaction and pugging

Presented by John Drewry  
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research    

Soil structure affects soil health and soil quality, and has a direct impact on soil water storage and movement, and therefore productivity and environmental outcomes at farm, regional and national scale.

In this webinar, we outline recent research under different land uses and management practices, showing the impacts of more intensive land use and irrigation on soil structure and indicators such as macroporosity.  Data from national and regional reporting are also presented to build a picture of the extent and opportunities to improve soil physical health and quality.  

Date: Thursday  27th January 2022 
Time: 11.30am – 12.00 noon

You can register to attend this webinar via this link:


Do you have an empty IBC water container lying around unused?

As things dry out we are looking to get set up to help with watering native plantings as needed. We’d love to take one off your hands! Give me a call on 022 677 8141 or email Thanks! Prue

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