Jobs For Nature

Strengthening our shared connections to land, water and ecology.

WAI Wānaka has received funding from Sustainable Business Network and the Ministry for Primary Industries to deliver measurable benefits for the environment alongside providing much-needed local employment.

The Upper Clutha community depends upon its natural resources for both economic and wellbeing reasons. The Community Catchment Plan sets out the Environmental and Land Management Challenges for our region, including climate change and pest management.

Planned Jobs for Nature work programmes include

  • Riparian Planting
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Fencing
  • Pest Management
  • Biodiversity Enhancement Projects

All work will be undertaken in a co-ordinated way, linking where possible with existing work on the ground to maximise beneficial environmental outcomes. Current funding supports 20+ full and part time workers, increasing to 30+ from 1 March 2021.

Partnering to Plant

Sustainable Business Network is working in partnership with the Director-General of Conservation to contribute to Kaimahi for Nature by establishing the Partnering to Plant Aotearoa project with partners around the country. WAI Wānaka received funding for 14 full and part time workers between 21 September and 13 November 2020.

Key stakeholders  

Local landowners, catchment groups, ORC, QLDC, Iwi, Department of Conservation, Otago Conservation Board, Lake Wānaka Tourism, WAO, Fish & Game, Forest & Bird, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, Lincoln University, University of Otago, Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre, Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust, Ignite Wānaka, Guardian groups, Wānaka Backyard Trapping and many industry, business and community groups.   


Sustainable Business Network
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
Otago Regional Council (ORC) 


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

Wanaka Project receives $3 million to boost local environmental efforts

Latest news: November 3rd, 2020

A Wanaka project will get $3 million to deliver improvements in freshwater quality and biodiversity, and provide jobs, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “The WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature project will provide much-needed work for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19,” said Mr O’Connor. “These jobs will involve a mix of environmental

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