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Catchments Otago and the regional council will host two events this week, one each in Wanaka and Queenstown, to give locals and opportunity to learn more about the lake and the people who use them.
Regional council director of engagement Caroline Rowe said both groups saw the benefit of working together to raise awareness about what happens in the lakes and explore the different values the community holds about them.
Catchments Otago co-director and University of Otago Professor of Zoology Philip Seddon said the events in Wanaka were important because water flowed through everything.
''The health of the water is the health of our lives.''
Catchments Otago develops land and water management strategies.
A PechaKucha Night will be held at Queenstown Primary School hall on Friday night, starting at 8pm.
Speakers will talk about their connection to the lakes. Each will present 20 slides and speak for 20 seconds about each slide.
A mobile science laboratory at Pembroke Park in Wanaka on Sunday will give locals a chance to get up close to life from Lake Wanaka and its catchment.