Community Wellbeing

Wai Wānaka is an organisation where people who want to safeguard the health of alpine waterways build communities that do.

Our vision for a thriving community is that residents, visitors, community groups, landowners, business owners and agencies are actively working together to safeguard and improve the quality of freshwater in our district.

The Community Wellbeing goals describe what the Upper Clutha community wants its rivers, streams and lakes to be like.  The goals integrate the concept of ‘te mana o te wai’ across the four aspects of community well-being:

  1. Respecting all Cultural Values related to our interaction with local waterways, places of spiritual meaning and the sustainable harvest of mahika kai species.
  2. Social Wellbeing through engagement with local community and government and a satisfactory drinking water supply.
  3. Environmental Wellbeing by providing for safe and effective recreation and interaction with the local ecosystems.
  4. Economic Wellbeing through sustainable agriculture, tourism and urbanisation.

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WAI Wānaka at the A&P Show

Latest news: March 19th, 2021

For the first time, WAI Wānaka and nine other community organisations worked together with the Wānaka A&P Show last weekend to run a space called OUR PLACE. We used interactive and fun activities for the whole family to show how the land, water, flora, fauna, our climate, and us humans, are all connected. We all

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