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.

Video about the local Luggate catchment group


Jobs for Nature update 6 May 2021

Latest news: May 6th, 2021

Our seasonal team finishes up on Friday after seven weeks of work across the Upper Clutha catchment. During this time, together with our long term crew, they have: planted over 6,000 natives carried out a possum monitoring programme in the Cardrona Valley maintained rabbit fencing across 12 properties removed Nassella tussock (with ORC helping with

Jobs for Nature update 21 April 2021

Latest news: April 21st, 2021

Planting is in full swing and it’s great to see plants going in right throughout the catchment – Matukituki, Cardrona, Luggate, Hawea Flat and Maungawera have all had the WAI teams out planting. Possum monitoring continues up the Cardrona with a chew card system to assess possum distribution since OSPRI stopped control work in 2019.

Jobs for Nature Update 8 April 2021

Latest news: April 8th, 2021

Planting season has begun (albeit somewhat drier than desired) and, as well as getting new plants in the ground, the Jobs for Nature crew is helping out with weed competition around previous plantings – pre-spraying prep and spraying. Rabbit control continues – primarily fence checking, maintenance and a lot of new rabbit netting going on