Rural update May 2022

Healthy Ecosystems

Jobs For Nature

Risks to our Catchment

Wānaka Water Project

Last week, Ash was at the top of the Cardrona Valley installing a temporary fish passage barrier with DOC to help protect our endangered native fish, the Clutha Flatheads (galaxias ‘species D‘), from exotic species.

This is part of a wider project to identify any remaining populations and work with landowners to protect them. 

If you are interested in developing a biodiversity and freshwater monitoring plan for your property, get in touch as the Jobs for Nature programme can help you and your catchment group to develop the plan and carry out that work.

Wānaka Water Project Event

You are invited to join us for drinks, nibbles and good conversation at the Wānaka Water Project event! Joining us this year is guest speaker Anika Kuczynski from the National Institute of Water & Atmosphere (NIWA) to discuss modelling and research in our deep water lakes.

There will be an update on the Wānaka Water Project and an opportunity for local community groups to share their current activities, then Ollie Eden-Mann will workshop ideas for our Urban Catchments initiative.

WHEN: Tuesday 24th May, 6-8:30pm
WHERE: Wānaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wānaka

Beef + Lamb NZ Rural Ladies Lunch

Beef + Lamb NZ are hosting a delicious lunch, with the chance to hear from some inspirational rural women and connect with farming ladies from throughout the Central South Island region.

The theme for the day is: “Celebrate, connect and inspire” women in our farming communities.

Bring some cash for a raffle supporting the Rural Support Trust.


  • Kate Ivey, founder and managing director of Kate Ivey Fitness.
  • Elle Perriam, founder of Will To Live Charitable trust.
  • Elizabeth Hayes Nest Treehouses creator.
  • Margo + Rosa, the ‘Two Raw Sisters’.

WHEN: Friday 27th May, 10am – 2:30pm
WHERE: Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wānaka

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