Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is committed to sustainability.
Over the years we have implemented a number of initiatives looking at how we can ensure the event is around for many more years to come, allowing future generations to enjoy the sheer thrill of an Airshow set in one of the world’s most stunning settings, while also making a significant contribution to the local community.
We acknowledge that being focussed on sustainability applies to all facets of our business. We need to make sure that our event is financially sustainable, we need to ensure that we play our part in bringing new pilots and aircraft owners into the Warbirds fold and we need to ensure that we are doing our best to minimise the impact on our environment.
Like all major events we appreciate we do create a carbon footprint and as a Community Trust we are committed to looking at ways we can reduce this.
Warbirds Over Wanaka has signed up to the ‘New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment’. This involves our business working towards the 14 commitments aimed at economic, environmental, host community and visitor sustainability.
Warbirds Over Wanaka is offering visitors to our 2022 Airshow the opportunity to make a $1 donation when they purchase their ticket to help offset the carbon cost of their journey to Wanaka. Airshow organisers will match these donations $ for $. The total money raised will go directly to a planting or other similar project aimed at protecting and enhancing Wanaka waterways and wider environment. In 2018 the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust made a $20,000 donation to the Wanaka Water Project which aims to plant 24,000 trees along Wanaka waterways over the next five years. A team of WOW staff and volunteers backed up the donation by assisting to plant natives at the Glendhu Wetland Wildlife Refuge.
Warbirds Over Wanaka works closely with its waste/recycling partner, Wanaka Wastebusters to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. Warbirds Over Wanaka has committed to working with its suppliers, exhibitors and vendors to find new areas where they can minimise their impact on the environment.
WOW would not be the internationally-recognised event it was without the amazing talents of our pilots and the generosity of the aircraft owners who bring their aircraft to Wanaka. In 2016 we launched the Warbirds Over Wanaka Flying Scholarships. Each year since we have awarded two $5,000 scholarships to enable up and coming Warbirds pilots to get valuable experience in Warbirds with the goal of getting them to airshow display standard.
2016 Winners Michael Williams & Andy Love 2017 Winners Adam Butcher & Ryan Southam
2018 Winners Bevan Dewes and Dan Pezaro 2019 Winners Lachlan Falconer and Glenn Drower
Thanks to funding from the Lion Foundation, Warbirds Over Wanaka now has two x 6-seater electric golf carts to transport disabled visitors around the event. The vehicles have no emissions, are quiet and are much easier for disabled people to get on and off.
WOW is pleased to offer two new initiatives in our merchandise line-up. The first is a stylish souvenir cotton tote bag to carry all your Airshow purchases and you’ll be able to reuse it over and over again. The second is a handy Warbirds reusable cup. Both these items will be available from the WOW official merchandise marquees.