Wānaka and Upper Clutha Collective

Wānaka and Upper Clutha Collective
Our mission: Supporting young people and educators to connect with people and the environment in our place

We are a collaborative group of educators working in Wānaka and the wider Upper Clutha area, including Hāwea, Tarras and Makarora.

After coming together in 2022 to host a local connection day for the NZAEE conference, we have continued to work together to offer teacher professional learning and facilitate learning with young people from early childhood through to secondary.

Experiencing Our Place: Professional Learning

We offer free after school sessions for educators, with multiple sessions each term at different locations and on different days, to ensure that something will work for everyone! 

In Term Two we explored Albert Town Lagoon and did some planting with Te Kākano at Eely Point.

Early in Term Three we had a session at Wastebusters, with Enviroschools and WAI Wānaka discussing micro plastics and ways to reduce plastic use.

Our Term 3 learning location is Hawea Domain. We'll look at planting projects, tracking and trapping activities, local geography and history with facilitators from Enviroschools, WAI Wānaka, Te Kākano, ORC and Wānaka Backyard Trapping. All with the focus for how we can support you getting your class outside and into our local environment. Wrap up warm and come for a walk and talk, we'll provide the snacks and treats. Get involved in the activities and pick our brains on how to make it work with your class. You're welcome to bring your kids along and leave early if you need. We are super keen for it to work for you so send us your requests/ feedback.

Register for September 14th session at Hawea Domain here

Our Group: Organisations Involved

We work on collaborative projects, such as our professional learning sessions, but also deliver our own programmes for local ECE centres and schools.

Click on the names of the organisations to visit each website and find out more.


Grow Wānaka

Otago Regional Council

Te Kākano

WAI Wānaka


Educators learning about Grow Wānaka's community gardens.