There are several different community groups involved in our water. Check out more on what they’re doing!

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

A Wanaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration.

Shaping our Future

A Steering Group and Taskforce built of volunteers working towards achieving their 2011 created long term community vision of “Spectacular environments, enterprising people, exceptional solutions” in the Queenstown Lakes District community.

Guardians of Lake Wanaka

The Guardians of Lake Wanaka provide a direct link between the public and the Minister of Conservation over Lake Wanaka related issues.

Guardians of Lake Hawea

The Guardians of Lake Hawea are a sub-committee of the Hawea Community Association Incorporation responsible for seeing that Lake Hawea, its water and its surrounds are managed wisely for the benefit of all, both now and in the future.

Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre

UCLT supports the community vision for pristine lakes, rivers and streams and is seeking to establish a dedicated site in Wanaka to facilitate freshwater research, support citizen science, hold workshops, provide educational displays and engage with school groups.


The Touchstone Project represents a practical opportunity for the Lakes community to become engaged in actively helping their lake. By establishing a community project focused on what they do in, around and for the lake environment – the Touchstone Project will work to act on local initiatives and support those having a positive impact on the lake.

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