We run five week-long programmes each year focused on tackling the important issues facing our future at the most grassroots level, each custom designed for the regions in which they operate:
- Waterwise Engineering - Central Otago
- Kiwi-Whio Forever - Tongariro
- Post-Graduate Leadership - National
- Blumine Island Restoration - Marlborough Sounds
- Waterwise Otago - Bannockburn
- Waterwise Canterbury - Christchurch
Each has been specially developed by Programme Director Dr. Barry Law with a framework that places the student at the centre of decision-making and activity.
Over the course of a week, students are mentored by lecturers, teachers and community educators from a range of backgrounds to provide support and guidance into becoming independent learners that can share ideas collaboratively and work together to problem solve challenges along the way.
In 2007 our work was acknowledged by UNESCO as a model of quality learning and teaching for sustainable development at an international level, a partnership which continues to this day. As a result, each UWF Scholarship certificate will include the UNESCO Global Action Programme logo.
Our foundation programme where we have been working since 2002, focused on returning the island to its original state without introduced predators, and developing a sanctuary for native animal and plant species at risk.
An exploration of four primary issues pertaining to this most critical of resources. Students are exposed to, and interact with, all players in the water resource chain in the Central Otago region, from the primary energy players, through to the farming, recreation, cultural and conservation interests, all of whom are involved in sustainable water management.