Science & Education

Safeguarding the future of our waterways requires a plan that is supported by research, monitoring and data to make evidence-based decisions.

Science at the heart of local action

WAI Wānaka’s science and education devision works with experts to develop the science and research plans that are needed to understand and protect our catchment. Partnerships are being developed with Catchments Otago, Lincoln University and NIWA.

We facilitate research, action, ideas and conversation that advance our understanding of our environment and the alpine lakes and waterways in our region.

We provide practical evidence based actions and ways we can all get involved. 


Wānaka Water Project update by Matt Shepherd

Latest news: April 22nd, 2021

Kia ora koutou katoa! I haven’t had the chance to introduce myself to all of you yet. My name is Matt Shepherd and I have recently taken the project management reins from Megan Williams. Many thanks must go to Megan for the amazing job she has done up till this point and I am excited

It’s been a big year!

Latest news: December 23rd, 2020

As we start to wind down and get excited about the upcoming break, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters, friends, stakeholders and partners like you who have helped us this year. It’s been a big year for WAI Wānaka with many people behind the scenes working extremely hard

Being a freshwater scientist

Latest news: November 26th, 2020

Melanie Vermeulen did a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology. Her focus at the time was on palaeoecology and the ecological interactions that are lost with species extinction. For her thesis, she used ancient DNA analysis on moa coprolites (fossil dung) to look at diet and gastrointestinal parasites of the Little Bush Moa. How