Wilding Trees

The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Group Inc is working hard to manage the spread of Wilding Trees in the Wakatipu.

The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group Incorporated (WCG) is a community organization created in April 09, the WCG is a charitable ‘not- for-profit’ organisation .  

The WCG is focused on protecting the resplendent biodiversity and remarkable landscape of the Wakatipu, for the benefit of residents, users, tourists and particularly future generations.


Mission statement

 “To obtain and coordinate funding to control and contain wilding spread within the Wakatipu district, with the aim to promote and protect values including but not limited to biodiversity, landscape, recreation, and historic features .  The society’s vision is to advance education and raise awareness by promoting its achievements which will increase community support for a control programme.”


About the WWCC 

The WWCC is a community-led approach which co-ordinates the responsibilities of agencies, landowners / managers and the general public. It is a volunteer organisation with representation from Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) as well as landowners & managers and concerned members of the public and community groups.

Co-Chairman: Peter Willsman
Co-Chairman: Grant Hensman
Operations advice/ support: Jamie Cowan
Manager: Briana Pringle 

Grant McLennan (Volunteer rep)
Grant McMaster (Landowner rep)
Jada Van Vliet, (Volunteer Rep)
Murray Mackenzie (LINZ)
David Rhodes (LINZ)
Greg Lind (DOC) 


Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Strategy

The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Strategy (2008-12) was adopted in 2012 after being publically notified.  It is a comprehensive management plan which includes a strategically scheduled work plan implemented by the WWCC


Link to Wakatipu Wilding Web Site


Links to Videos on Wilding Trees


How can you help?

An estimated $5,000,000 over the next five years is required for the district to reach the containment lines set in the 2013-2017 control program. QLDC has pledged ongoing support of $130,000 annually to wilding control. DOC now manage the operational program for the WCG.
Donations: By making a financial contribution – you can help us maintain and preserve our landscape for future generations. The WCG welcomes donations from the public and businesses.


Volunteer Work

There are many easy access areas around the district where volunteers can ”do their bit”.  If you have a group that is interested in completing control work or you wish to participate in a volunteer day please contact Briana - phone:03 450 1705 or email: brianap@qldc.govt.nz.


To find out more contact:

Briana Pringle
Ph: 03 450 1705