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Monthly Lakefront Clean-Up: Wānaka


WAI Wanaka






Hāwea, Wānaka

WAI Wānaka is a community organisation working to accelerate local action for our fresh water. Their vision is to maintain healthy ecosystems and community wellbeing for future generations. Their team works with local individuals, catchment groups, landowners, councils, businesses, community groups and schools to improve ecosystem health, reverse biodiversity loss and keep our waterways healthy.

There are very few details known about litter – for example where it comes from (and how much) or what exactly is making its way from the land to our waterways. Through their Upstream Battle programme they hope to get a better picture of what’s going on and now have a volunteer opportunity for the community to get involved on a monthly basis.

As part of the crew, you will:

  • Be shown the area where the clean up is. Bags will be provided.
  • Collect any rubbish you can find. You will need an eye for detail, and you can do it by yourself or bring a friend or family along.
  • Add appropriate items to the recycling bins
  • Sort the rest so it can be reported to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful database.
  • Help with data entry if you're able and keen- this is done after the litter has been collected and sorted
  • Meet like-minded locals who care about the local environment
  • Enjoy light refreshments with your fellow volunteers at the end of the session

WAI Wānaka is planning to collect litter in the same lakefront area of the lake at least twice a year and overtime will try to identify ways to reduce where the litter is coming from and the amount. This is a great opportunity to do your part by spending just an hour a month, helping your local environment and supporting an organisation doing important work for future generations! It's a fun activity to do with your colleagues, friends or family while you help protect the beautiful lakes and rivers that make Lake Wānaka so special.


You are someone who is:

  • Passionate about the environment and preserving biodiversity
  • Fit enough to walk along the lakefront for approximately 500 meters
  • Happy to move at a slow pace and pay keen attention to find small pieces of litter
  • A good eye for detail and spotting smaller pieces of rubbish is always helpful, but you will develop this as you go!

What to bring: gloves, sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and a water bottle.
WAI Wānaka will provide bags.

Time commitment

  • Dates/times are announced on a regular basis
  • If you are keen to be involved in future clean-ups, please express your interest below and indicate your availability.
  • It would be great to have a good crew for at least 1 hour to cover the whole area.
  • It will go ahead no matter the weather.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 2569

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