Rural update June 2022

Healthy Ecosystems

Jobs For Nature

Risks to our Catchment

WAI Action Groups

The team are up-skilling on the chainsaws to tackle the ever increasing wilding pine issue. It’s a great time of year to be getting on top of these.

They have also been busy getting rabbit netting up ahead of winter control work. Get in touch if you’ve got fences you’d like netted or checked, or have some wildings you’d like rid of. The WAI team can help.

See below details of the Beef + Lamb Know Your Number workshop this coming Monday. This is a good opportunity to finish off you carbon calculator if you haven’t already.  


Thermal cameras on helicopters or drones: Some pros and cons of new technology
Presented by Bruce Warburton

Thermal cameras and UAVs are getting increasing exposure and being seen as technologies that can provide more cost-effective methods for monitoring invasive species. Manaaki Whenua has been carrying out some pilot trials of both technologies, and this talk is to share our initial results and the pros and cons of using these tools.



Under He Waka Eke Noa (the primary sectors climate change commitment to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions), by the end of 2022 all farmers need to know their GHG numbers, and by 2025 all farmers must have a written plan in place to measure and manage their GHG emissions.

If we can achieve this, it will contribute to the industry staying out of the Emissions Trading Scheme and having a system that recognises carbon sequestration on farm.

Lunch supplied.

The workshops will cover (4) parts:

  1. An explanation of why every farm should know their GHG numbers and have a plan.
  2. A case study demonstration of what the GHG calculation involves.
  3. Completing the GHG calculation for your farm.
  4. How to complete a GHG action plan with examples of farm systems, and management actions that can be taken to sustainably manage GHG emissions.

WHEN: Monday 4th July, 1pm-4pm
WHERE: Wānaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wānaka

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