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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