Jobs for Nature Update 08/04/2021

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 ... read more.

Our Place graphic showing the Wanaka landscape with various activities

WAI Wānaka at the A&P Show

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 ... read more.

Jobs for Nature Update 01/03/2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This week we start by introducing our field team, talk about the opportunity to plant non-natives species, and announce the date for our Action Group catch up. This year, WAI Wānaka will be part of the Sustainability Hub ‘Our Place‘ stand at the Wānaka ... read more.

Jobs for Nature update 16/02/2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This programme is designed to best assist you to achieve your on-farm environmental goals – whether it’s for personal interest, regulatory compliance, or industry accreditation. We understand that pest and weed control is a big element of achieving biodiversity – but the other side of that ... read more.

Jobs for Nature update – 01/02/2021

Welcome to the first of our fortnightly WAI Wānaka – Jobs for Nature updates! In these updates, we’ll send through brief snippets about the Jobs for Nature work programme. Rabbit Control The teams have been busy undertaking rabbit fence checking and maintenance. We work with Peter Preston to advise where WAI can add value to ... read more.

It’s been a big year!

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 ... read more.


Being a freshwater scientist

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 ... read more.

Food & Fibre Farm Tour at the Reset Summit a great success

Catchment groups across the Upper Clutha have been taking action to improve water and land ecosystems. WAI Wānaka arranged for five high country stations to welcome Reset Summit attendees onto their properties. These visits provided an opportunity for farmers and townsfolk alike to learn about soil health, riparian planting, carbon sequestration, water monitoring and to gain a better ... read more.

Wanaka Project receives $3 million to boost local environmental efforts

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 ... read more.

Food and Fibre Sector experts to feature at the Reset Summit 2020

With more and more people focusing on their personal impact on the environment, our relationship with both food and textiles comes sharply into focus. Late October 2020, Wānaka charity WAO is hosting its annual summit, and one track of the summit focuses squarely on Food and Fibre. The talks begin on Thursday 29th October with ... read more.