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 construction sites, storage of hazardous substances)

Related links:
Article about catchment groups.


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