On Wednesday 13 April Catchments Otago was launched publicly. Catchments Otago aims to engage with Central Otago Lake communities to learn more about their aspirations, goals and concerns for the lakes and the surrounding catchments. Over the coming months, researchers from Catchments Otago will continue discussions with a range of community members to establish priorities for research from a community perspective and together develop research applications addressing these identified gaps. Catchments Otago has the philosophy that strong successful collaborations start with local community involvement from day one, and continue throughout research development, initiation and completion. Working together, it is anticipated equitable and sustainable land and water management approaches can be established, ensuring the future health of the Central Otago Lakes.