Community Networks

Free legal advice. COMMUNITY LAW are at the Wanaka Community Hub every month. Call Community Networks to make an appointment. 443 7799.

Struggle got real? Call or text 1737 if you need someone to chat to – totally free, totally confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk about anything.

The New World Family 2 Family Foodbank Appeal has started. If you’d like to contribute to the Community Networks Foodbank, they are in particular need of canned veg, canned meat, lunchbox items, baby food, and pasta. Just pop into your local store, choose some items, and fill up a bag.

JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 443 7799.

WHEELS TO DUNSTAN is our community “door to door” shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital,  Alexandra specialist appointments, and links with the St John Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings, please call Community Networks on 443 7799.

Lunchbox Food For Love

Local not-for-profit organisation Food for Love, which started in Wanaka in 2016, is appealing for school lunch ingredients.

Food for Love provides home-cooked meals for families going through a hard time, whether that need is financial or personal. As residents of the Upper Clutha it’s hard for some to fathom that students go to school each day without a lunch, but the organisation does provide for a number of local school children.
People in a position to make a donation to Food for Love can do so at the new donation bin at the New World Three Parks foyer

Calling all Artists and Crafters

A new Arts and Crafts group meets fortnightly on Thursdays at the Lake Hawea Community Centre, from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

The focus is on meeting other keen artists & crafters – and sharing skills.
Bring your project along and work with others while enjoying their input and sharing your expertise.

The cost is $5 to cover refreshments and other expenses .

Wanaka Toastmasters

Do you want to develop your public speaking skills?  Wanaka Toastmasters  provide a supportive and positive learning environment to develop your communication and leadership skills. Your growth and self-confidence will flow into all areas of your life.

New guests are welcome any time. Meetings are every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at St. John’s room, Link Way, 7.15 – 9pm.

Call in to see what it’s all about.  You can keep up to date with meetings on their Facebook Page @WanakaToastmasters.

THESE MEETINGS WILL NOW BE HELD ON ZOOM UNTIL WE REACH LEVEL 1 – Please see their Facebook page for further details.

Te Kakano Planting Drive and Nursery Sessions

Do you want to give back to nature and the local community, while learning about native plants?

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that needs your help!

Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday 1pm-4pm throughout winter (unless it’s raining) and from October 1 – March 31: 9am – 12

These sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild, and are guided by our Nursery Manager.

Coffee, tea and snacks are provided for all our volunteers

Checkout their website for driving directions and more info.

​Next plantings for 2021: 3rd October.

Wellbeing Project Ukulele Class

Join teacher Gilly Pugh on how to play the ukulele. No need to own one with 7 ukuleles on hand to use. Relaxed and social classes are open to everyone.

Every Wednesday at the Wanaka Community Hub between 2 and 3pm.

Free of charge thanks to funding from Central Lakes Trust and Upper Clutha Community Arts Council.

For further information contact Vicki –

Prime Timers

PLEASE NOTE:   The Monthly meeting to be held on Thursday 16th September, and the outing to be held on 23rd September has been cancelled.

A great way for Wanaka’s older people to meet. Prime Timers is a community group which gets together on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2pm at the Presbyterian Church Hall, and travels around the Upper Clutha for a mystery trip and lunch on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Meetings in the Presbyterian Church Hall are welcoming, informative and often inspiring with a variety of local interesting speakers. Afternoon tea is provided and you can mix and mingle with your peers.

$20 for the year. Day trips are optional and are only $5 per trip,

Further information Helen Millar – 021 0431 054 or email


Festival of Sport and Recreation – Sign up Now

Despite some uncertainty caused by Covid-19, planning continues for a “bigger and better than ever” Mitre 10 Mega Festival of Sport and Recreation next month.

The weekend of festivities is anchored by the Club and Business Expo Day on Saturday 16th October from 10am-1pm. Local clubs, organisations and sport related businesses are now invited to register for booth space. It’s free for clubs and organisations and only $100 for businesses. Register now to ensure you don’t miss out!

To complement the Expo Day, organisers are busy with plans for the family fun and speaker events lined up for the remainder of the weekend.  Details of these will be announced shortly.

More information can be found here or contact or phone Diana Schikker 027 468 0048.



Friday Night Lights Gala

Friday Night Lights – The biggest fundraising event of the Wanaka Primary School year is coming!

Join the Wanaka Primary School community for a Gala night to rival all others.

There will be a variety of stalls including delicious food, a silent auction, games and activities for the young and old.

This years’ funds raised will be used to purchase equipment, tools and resources for the MakerSpaces (to be built onto the back of each classroom pod). A Makerspace is a place for hands-on learning with all the tools for creativity.

Friday Night Lights Gala, 17 September 2021
Location: Wanaka Primary School, 7 Ironside Drive, Wanaka

Touch Rugby Regos are Open

Wanaka Junior & Senior Touch Registrations are OPEN!

The summer season of Wanaka Touch will once again be played down at the rugby grounds, starting Monday 18th October.  Registrations are now open for Senior Mixed and also the new divisions of Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s.  Full teams of up to 14 players can enter through  If you don’t have a team but want to play please email

Junior players (Yrs 7 +) looking for a team to play in can email

Filmmaking Challenge for Youth

The Someday Challenge is on for 2021! A Filmmaking Challenge for youth all over Aotearoa. It is free to enter and you can win some amazing prizes!

  • Make a short film about sustainability. (This is really broad and can be about an issue facing your area, the environment, a personal story, cultural stories, and so on!)
  • For anyone up to 24 years old.
  • Any genre, up to 5 minutes.
  • Cash prizes for winning films.
  • The entry deadline is 24th September 2021.
  •  films made in previous years are also eligible.

Register to receive an entry pack with everything you need. There are great prizes on offer, including a $500 cash prize for each age group. Get more info about prizes and the challenge at


Dr. Compost at Wanaka Library

Learn how to grow and plant seedlings at Dr Compost’s FREE spring gardening workshop and look forward to delicious fresh veggies harvested from your own garden.
With over 20 years of veggie gardening in our sub-Alpine/Mediterranean climate, Dr Compost’s top tips will cover all you need to know about starting your own veggie garden.
Find out how to grow from seed, transplant seedlings and stagger plantings to avoid gluts. Learn how to use your kitchen scraps as compost to add life to your soil, increase its water-holding capacity and feed your plants.
There’ll be plenty of time for a Q&A so bring along all your gardening and composting questions to the Wanaka Public library, Saturday 25th from 11am.
Space is limited so book your free ticket today.
The Dr Compost home-composting project is funded by Queenstown Lakes District Council and delivered by Wastebusters.
**In-person workshop subject to being in alert level 1**

Monthly Meet up for Older Citizens

Wanaka St John and Age Concern are running a monthly opportunity for older citizens to meet up for lunch, companionship and some entertainment.

On the last Saturday of the month at St John Rooms, Link Way from 11am to 2.30pm.

Morning tea then an activity like bingo. Then some lunch and another activity – might be singing, painting or some such. A great opportunity to get out of the house for a break and a chat with others. The Outreach therapy pets have often come along for some entertainment too.

If you would like to attend please get in touch with Dell Taylor at St John – 021 1115 940 or Marie Roxburgh at Age Concern – 03 448 7075

Lakes District Floral Art Club

For those who appreciate the creativity of floral designs and wish to participate in learning more of this floral art form.

The club meets on the 4th Monday of the month, around midday. Locations vary throughout the Lakes District from Cromwell  to Queenstown and Wanaka .

For further information on their next club meeting contact Pamela McGeorge on 0272766461 or email .

Or find them on Facebook @ Lakes District Floral Art

Death Cafe

Have you joined the conversation yet?

Meet curious locals discussing death-related issues –  bring your questions, any topics & come early to order drinks and Andrea’s great scones.

10 am on Wednesday 29th September at Cinema Paradiso

This is a free event, sponsored by the Canlive Trust and supported by Cinema Paradiso. They are also supporting the work of through a donation. Any questions contact


Club & Not-for-Profit Sponsorship Workshop

Sport Central often fields approaches from clubs and not-for-profit organisations short of a treasurer, secretary, administrator or other committee responsibilities.

In response, Sport Central and Volunteer South offer an online interactive workshop for clubs and not-for-profit organisations wishing to explore sponsorship as a funding avenue.

This workshop has been made possible with the funding assistance of Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and Community Trust Southland.

With limited spots available, clubs and organisations are encouraged to register now! Email for full details and register, or sign up to attend, via this link

New Play Spaces for Hawea & Hawea Flat

Have your say about what should be included in the two new proposed playspaces in Hawea (Sentinel Park) and Hawea Flat (Long Grass Place).
The Hawea Community Association would like your feedback for the design brief, to ensure the concept designs are in keeping with what our local community wants as a whole.

Follow this link to complete the survey.

Expressions of interest or suggestions for fundraising are also gratefully received as they put together a funding plan – please e-mail

Parent’s Social Night

NEW L2 DATE – Book the babysitter or draw straws to enjoy some time away from the kids for a night of adult beverages and great conversation, at the Hawea Hotel.
The Hawea Flat Playgroup Committee are inviting ALL local Hawea and Wanaka parents to have a social night out to mingle and relax – no strings attached, no children!
Pop it in the diary. September 30th, 7.30pm

Kahu Youth Scholarship

Do you know a young person looking to get back to studying  after at least a 6 month break from school?

Kahu Youth and the Rotary Club of Wanaka Scholarship is now open to applications for youth aged 16-24 who have been out of school for a minimum of 6 months.
This scholarship, worth $1500, is aimed towards individuals who are wanting to gain qualifications to change careers, create a difference in society and expand their education. All individuals applying must have a residential address in Wanaka and surrounding areas, and be entering their first year of tertiary study in either trades, apprenticeships, college or university. Detailed information about the scholarship and the application package can be found on and Applications are due September 30th 2021.

Clean-up Day in Hawea

Hawea will be hosting a clean up event in Lake Hawea, Hawea Flat and John’s Creek on Saturday 30th September from 9.00 am. Put this date in your diary now, so that the time is kept clear for you to take part. and show your community spirit.

Meet at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on Myra Street in Lake Hawea.
– Bring gardening gloves and buckets or other containers/ bags that can be used to store rubbish during the clean up.
– Bring a trailer if you have one.
– Bring any wool fadges or garden waste bags you have (name them!)
– You will be assigned a map with an area to clean up and high vis vests for the whole team.
– After you have completed your assigned area then come back to the Community Centre for morning tea!

If you are unable to help on the day then you could help by providing a plate for morning tea for the Clean Up Volunteers.

Men’s Shed for Hawea

Hawea locals are laying the ground work for a community shed of their very own, with a site in their sights and the goals of nuturing “Mateship” amongst men of all life stages and ages, as opposed to the retiree focus of the Wanaka facility.

The current focus is to build up the steering group, and put some plans in place around legalities, insurance and protection, which are all needed in order to secure a proposed venue in the township.

Long time local and project coordinator Errol Carr welcomes all who might be interested to reach out to him and continue to provide momentum to the steering group. To get involved in the Hawea Men’s Shed steering group, contact Errol on 

Bike Wanaka Memberships Open

Bike Wānaka membership for the 2021/22 season starts this month. Bike Wānaka has been in existence since the early 90’s and have a strong membership base and an active volunteer committee.

Membership fees are a major source of income for the club, enabling places like the Hāwea Bike Park to be developed. Members get access to great discounts, a newsletter with all of the latest information, and club days at the local parks.  The club’s priorities are:

  • Maintaining the existing track network and building new tracks
  • Holding a variety of events throughout the year
  • Ensuring Sticky Forest becomes a community asset
  • Access great discounts and deals for members
  • Advocacy for broader biking issues in Wanaka, such as an Active Transport Network
  • Development of riders and coaches in the region
  • Building strong relationships with other organisations – DOC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.

Membership fees are $30 for an adult, $25 for a youth and $50 for a family.

Sign up at

The Camp, Hawea – Open Day

Join The Camp team to celebrate the start of their season with a Community Open Day on Sunday the 10th October. A great school holidays activity!
They’d like to invite all members of the Hawea, Wanaka and wider Southern Lakes community to join in an afternoon of fun for all the family.
Entertainment, Food, Fun and a chance to explore the new Cross Hill Geo Domes.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Collect your bread tags and they are reused to make beautiful whale tail earrings by Christchurch designer and environmentalist Michael Fox. You can buy the earrings at and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs charity. This is then used to fund wheelchairs for those in need in South Africa.

 See for more info and like us on Facebook

You can drop off breadtags at Radio Wanaka, 9 Cliff Wilson St between 9 and 3 weekdays. Please sort by colour beforehand.

Crankworx Hits Wanaka

Crankworx announce the addition of a Summer Series Festival in New Zealand. The multi-stop mountain biking festival will see international and local riders explore the varied terrain of Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka!

The series will kick off on November 27 and run through December 12.  Along for the ride are locals, up-and-coming youngsters, and some of the best in the world mixing, mingling, and dropping in.

  • Locations:  
    • November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra
    • December 4: Skyline Queenstown
    • December 4-5: Queenstown
    • December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort
    • December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka  
  • Disciplines/events:  
    • Alexandra: Super D
    • Queenstown: DH and Pump Track
    • Cardrona: Air DH
    • Wānaka: Dual Slalom
  • Race categories will include Pro, Amateur and CWNEXT.

Free fundraising BBQ – Mitre 10 MEGA

Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka has a brand new community BBQ available for fundraising purposes free of charge.

If you are fundraising for your school, club or community group then contact them to reserve your spot – o3 443 MEGA(6342) or email