WAI Action Groups

WAI Wānaka is connecting landowners, local businesses and the community to work together to protect and enhance our ecosystem for years to come. The main goals of the groups are:


With funding assistance from RMPP Action Network, WAI Wānaka is supporting Upper Clutha landowners and has helped to establish 6 of the 7 catchment groups operating in the Central Lakes District. These groups determine their own priorities for each catchment, receiving a pool of funding to help with group facilitation and to provide access to experts, tools and resources. The science behind how the groups operate is based on a three year research project involving more than 75 farm businesses around NZ.


WAI Action Groups support the development of Business Environmental Plans for all businesses and industries. Similar to Land Environment Plans, Business Environmental Plans help businesses to get started on the sustainability journey by understanding their own impacts, such as:

  • Water use
  • Discharges (including those into Council wastewater and stormwater networks)
  • Carbon footprint and mitigations 
  • On and off-site practices (e.g. sediment management on constructions sites, storage of hazardous substances)

Related links:
Article about catchment groups.

CCP Actions

Food & Fibre Farm Tour at the Reset Summit a great success

Latest news: November 4th, 2020

Catchment groups across the Upper Clutha have been taking action to improve water and land ecosystems. WAI Wānaka arranged for five high country stations to welcome Reset Summit attendees onto their properties. These visits provided an opportunity for farmers and townsfolk alike to learn about soil health, riparian planting, carbon sequestration, water monitoring and to gain a better

Food and Fibre Sector experts to feature at the Reset Summit 2020

Latest news: October 20th, 2020

With more and more people focusing on their personal impact on the environment, our relationship with both food and textiles comes sharply into focus. Late October 2020, Wānaka charity WAO is hosting its annual summit, and one track of the summit focuses squarely on Food and Fibre. The talks begin on Thursday 29th October with

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