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WAI Action Groups

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We have had a busy summer preparing lots of opportunities for you to make a difference in your backyard. Check out the list of important mahi below and see how you can get involved.


April 28th 

4.30pm-5.30pm: Measure the visual clarity of Lake Wānaka (more details below)

May 1st

4-6pm: Plant maintenance at Kirimoko trails with the Kirimoko Catchment Group

May 5th

5-7pm: Event support for our ‘Growing Together’ event

People in kayaks taking citizen science measurements of water clarity with secchi disks

Ongoing Monthly Mahi

  • Visual clarity measurements of Lake Wānaka
  • Plant maintenance at Kirimoko trails
  • Rubbish cleanup of the waterways
  • **NEW** Microplastics fresh water and wastewater testing

More details about each opportunity are below, please reach out or email us if you would like to register your interest, or if you have any questions. Sign up here to receive these details in the mail for future events.

citizen science in action - people in kayaks taking water clarity measurements

Volunteer Opportunity for Lake Research

Come along this Friday April 28th to learn about secchi disks, what we use them for, and how you can help us take some water clarity data on the lake.

We need more data on our lake, a ‘secchi disc’ is a simple, easy-to-use tool used to measure the water clarity (transparency) of a lake. This gives us a wealth of information that we can use to track changes.

Learn more on how to use a secchi disc.

Let us know if you would like to come along, email kelly@waiwanaka.nz

Plant Maintenance Monthly Mahi

The Kirimoko neighbourhood catchment group have started monthly plant maintenance sessions.

Come along to the Kirimoko trails, meet the locals and give those trees a little love.

Interested in getting involved? Email oliver@waiwanaka.nz

Microplastics Testing

Do you have a science background and are passionate about microplastics? 

We are looking for ongoing volunteers who want to be involved in a project testing for microplastics in our environment.

If you would like to know more please email kelly@waiwanaka.nz

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Growing together heading banner with words and pictures

We are looking for helpers on the day of our Growing Together event – 5th May 2023. If you would be happy to help set up or organise food and drinks, please email Kelly: kelly@waiwanaka.nz

You are also invited to celebrate the event with us!

Let’s celebrate planting over 45,000 native trees across the Upper Clutha Catchment over the last five years! To celebrate the wrap up of two projects, WAI Wānaka and Te Kākano invite you to join us on 5th May in Glendhu Bay:

3pm – 4:30pm: Visit one of the original Wānaka Water Project planting sites at Alpha Burn Station and hear from owners Duncan and Allanah McRae, as well as plant expert Arne Cleland, to chat about the benefits and challenges of riparian planting.

5:30pm – 7:30pm: From Alpha Burn we will head down the road to the Glendhu Station Woolshed to fire up the BBQ and toast to the collective efforts of our community. All welcome! 

To RSVP, please email oliver@waiwanaka.nz

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