Rural update November 2022

Community Wellbeing

Healthy Ecosystems

Jobs For Nature

Rural Development

WAI Action Groups

No doubt you’ll be flat out as spring gets into full swing. The teams out in the field have their work cut out over the next few weeks keeping on top of plant maintenance, and getting some new planting sites underway.

This week we introduce Lucy Murray to the WAI team! Lucy will be working with Maggie and local landowners in the Knowledge into Action for Te Taiao programme.

A big thank you again to all who filled out the survey. The results from this survey will help us develop the Knowledge into Action programme. If you would like to see a summary of the survey, please get in touch.

The lucky winner of the survey prize draw is Hamish Mackay, Spots Creek Station!


Emma showing how a beehive works.
Emma from WAI with the students of Te Kura o Take Kārara at Branch Creek talking bees after planting 350 natives at Cardrona Valley Farms with the WAI team. Awesome effort.

Welcome Lucy Murray

Lucy Murray

Lucy grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Kaikōura. This led her to study Agricultural Science at Lincoln University. She began her career as a technical field representative with an agronomy focus in North Canterbury, moved on to work as a Precision Ag. Consultant and has most recently been working for Beef + Lamb NZ as an Extension Manager. Lucy recently made the move down to Wānaka to work for WAI. Her interests are mountain biking, running and hockey.

Otago Catchment Community – Funding Round Open

Otago Catchment Community (OCC) offers funding for a range of things – from $2,000 per group seed funding, $5,000 for a project or up to $10,000 for direct group funding. If your group is looking at an activity or a project, this is a great boost to get you started!

Land and Water Regional Plan Consultation banner

Land + Water Plan

ORC is currently in the process of developing a new regional plan to set new rules and regulations on how we as a community look after our waterways throughout our region.

The timeline for the process

Community consultation round one November 2021
We asked what values are important to communities for their local rivers, lakes and stream and held discussions about their characteristics.

Community consultation round two 31st Oct and 1st Nov 2022
Present environmental outcomes and discuss management options to achieve these.

If you missed the Queenstown or Wanaka meetings and want to have your say please use the following link

Community consultation round three (February – April 2023)
Presenting a preferred management options and discussions about implementation and transition to a new regime.



Intensive Winter Grazing Requirements Webinar – Otago

Tue 8th November, 7:00pm

Find out more about the wintering regulations and consent process in Otago in a wintering webinar with the Otago Regional Council. Brought to you by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, Otago Catchment Community and Otago Regional Council.

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