Building future guardians - it takes a village

$11,330 of $20,000 goal
Given by 41 generous donors in around 9 months

From tuna to stormwater and all that flows between, your donation fuels an education program for tamariki who want to make a difference.

Wanaka, Otago

Anataia, a student here in Wānaka, has an infectious passion for the water. She understands the need to protect your water NOW before it’s too late. Here is what Anataia has to say about what the lake means to her:

"I want to protect the water so that the people after us can come down and hang out next to the lake… so it's a beautiful place." - Anataia, 15 years.

Your donation today builds future water warriors.

$25 will give a school class a “fish on drains” to install at their local drain - These little critters build awareness that everything that goes down the drain goes directly into the lakes and rivers - https://waiwanaka.nz/actions/our-drains-are-streams/

$50 will give a school class a lesson with an expert - on fascinating subjects like spiders, freshwater, lizards which all contribute massively to a healthy local environment - https://waiwanaka.nz/actions/wild-side/

$100 will give a school class a field trip learning about local streams - You will enable tamariki participation in national programmes such as Upstream Battle https://knzb.org.nz

"I think that we're all responsible for protecting freshwater. It's up to all of us to do what we can and as much as we can to protect it" – local student.

From tuna to stormwater and all that flows between your donation will fuel an education program for school students to become future guardians.

About us

WAI Wānaka’s purpose is accelerating local action for our fresh water to achieve our mission of healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for future generations.

Use of funds

Our goal is to raise at least $20,000 to develop 3 environmental modules for schools. Every extra $5,000 will enable a further module to be created. Our educational themes will cover climate, stormwater, biodiversity and tuna/eels to name a few.

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What do the youth have to say?  26 May 2022

We interviewed Mount Aspiring College (MAC) rangatahi to understand their thoughts on the importance of freshwater (wai māori) and who is responsible for protecting it.

"I want to protect the water so that the people after us... can come down and hang out next to the lake in it. So it's a beautiful place." - Anataia, MAC student.

Creating opportunities for rangatahi to talk about their connection with the local environment and actively participate in protecting it is key for the future of our community.

"I think that we're all responsible for protecting freshwater. It's up to all of us to do what we can and as much as we can to protect it" - MAC student

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Private Donor on 13 Feb 2023
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Gabby
Gabby on 29 Jan 2023
Great work.
$25 matched
Peta
Peta on 10 Dec 2022
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WAI Wānaka

Hello Peta, Thank you so much for your donation of $25. I am so sorry it has taken us until now to send you this message. Where are you based in New Zealand? If you are in Wanaka we would love to invite you to our next event. Let us know if you are interested. Thanks again, Elaine Kelly Partnerships Lead

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ALLAN and Barbara
ALLAN and Barbara on 30 Nov 2022
$25 matched
WAI Wānaka

Thank you, our community is better off for your donation, kia ora to you both.

WAI Wānaka
Jacquetta
Jacquetta on 30 Nov 2022
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WAI Wānaka

Thank you, Jacquetta your donation is very much appreciated.

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This campaign started on 5 May 2022 and ended on 13 Feb 2023.