Install 20 litter traps and 160 steel fish in NZ

by WAI Wanaka
Install 20 litter traps and 160 steel fish in NZ

Project Report | Oct 20, 2023
The Teeny Tiny Truth is live

By Elaine Kelly | Fundraising Coordinator

Laying traps for predator species
Laying traps for predator species

Its been a busy few months!  We are so grateful for your support which has helped us to do so much to engage our community to preserve our beautiful high alpine waterways. 

 Urban Catchment Groups

We supported the formation of our 3rd urban catchment group, the Lakeside group. In collaboration with our local council, QLDC, the lakeside area was cleared of invasive species such as willows and lupins.  In collaboration with Te Kakano and Wanaka Backyard Trapping, we replanted the area with native species and installed an extensive trapping network which will remove predators like possums and stoats.

Drains are Streams

We installed our first community litter trap in Wanaka. With the support of Veolia and the Residents’ Association of Albert town, it was placed in a drain in front of the shopping complex and will be checked monthly by residents. The trap will provide useful feedback on what is traveling down our ‘urban streams’ and into our Lake. This will help educate residents and businesses to change their behaviour. More in the next report! 3 litter traps have been ordered but more funding is needed to reach our goal of 20.

In August, local community group, Friends of Bullock Creek, drilled steel beasties (carvings of tuna, trout, koaro and crested grebe) onto the storm drains that surround the hatchery’s entrance on Stone Street. This will remind residents to that only water should go down them as everything ends up in our lake.

The Teeny Tiny Truth - Microplastics in our Waterways

‘A Teeny-Tiny Truth’ – is a research project that investigates microplastics in our fresh water, while empowering our community to participate and drive change. This week we invited residents and students to collect water from the lake and test it.  Working with PhD student Veronica Rotman, we are testing the lake water in 9 locations using 3 different methods.  Everyone found plastics!

Planting native trees and shrubs at the Lakeside
Planting native trees and shrubs at the Lakeside
Students collecting microplastics on the beach
Students collecting microplastics on the beach
Checking for microplastics in the lake water
Checking for microplastics in the lake water


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WAI Wanaka

Location: Wānaka, Otago - New Zealand
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Project Leader:
Cat Dillon
Wanaka , Otago New Zealand

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