Media Releases

Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging 15 Apr 14

IrrigationNZ says today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the $275million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is bold and encouraging.

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Canterbury rebuild boosted by Central Plains Water investment 9 Apr 14

Canterbury’s rebuild will be fast-tracked with today’s announcement by Crown Irrigation Investments (Ltd (Crown Irrigation) that its first investment will go to the region’s largest prospective irrigation scheme Central Plains Water Ltd (CPW), says IrrigationNZ.

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SMART Irrigation launched to tackle public concerns 8 Apr 14

Irrigation New Zealand has launched a framework called SMART Irrigation to ensure that future irrigation in New Zealand is implemented and managed sustainably. This is a first for irrigation in New Zealand.

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Aquaduct NZ wins Innovation Award 8 Apr 14

Aquaduct NZ and its entrepreneurial founder Gerard van den Bosch took out the highly-sought-after 2014 IrrigationNZ Innovation Award at its biennial conference in Napier last night

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Irrigation champions share 2014 Ron Cocks Memorial Award 8 Apr 14

For the first time ever, IrrigationNZ has awarded its Ron Cocks Memorial Award to two individuals at its national conference.

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Irrigator wins Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards 21 Mar 14

IrrigationNZ congratulates Mark and Devon Slee on taking out the main prize at last night’s Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Mark is a board member of IrrigationNZ with an irrigated dairy farm in Ealing within Ashburton District employing 13 full time and two part time staff.

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IrrigationNZ welcomes report on water’s value 17 Mar 14

IrrigationNZ has welcomed today’s release of a report confirming the value of water for New Zealand, but cautions any moves to reallocate water or overhaul pricing in its wake would be ‘overly-simplistic’.

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Irrigation support counters Fish&Game findings 10 Mar 14

In January this year, Kiwis voted 71% pro-irrigation in an independent poll commissioned by IrrigationNZ.

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Irrigators launch pond and water craft for community use 24 Feb 14

Imagine having key access to a private waterway in North Otago with a suite of yachts, kayaks and paddleboards stored on-site for year-round use. It’s not the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but an exciting initiative by a group of Oamaru irrigators aspiring to improve town-country relations.

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Majority of New Zealanders see irrigation as good 11 Feb 14

A new independent phone poll survey, commissioned by Irrigation New Zealand, reveals that New Zealanders – regardless of political leaning - see irrigation as good.

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Water report shows efficient water use despite dry spell 27 Jan 14

Today’s water use report from Environment Canterbury unsurprisingly shows irrigators used more water during last year’s dry spell than the previous wet summer. However the increase wasn’t as large as might have been expected in a season that bordered on drought, says IrrigationNZ.

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Holidaying with Irrigation’s Help 20 Jan 14

Contributed feature editorial from Irrigation New Zealand CEO Andrew Curtis

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Irrigation nominations sought 13 Jan 14

Entries close at the end of this month for IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’ in association with Aqualinc. The prestigious award, which comes with a $2500 prize, celebrates, encourages and promotes innovation within New Zealand’s irrigation industry.

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Innovative irrigation nominations sought 6 Dec 13

The hunt is underway for examples of innovation within New Zealand’s irrigation sector as industry body IrrigationNZ gears up for its bi-ennial conference.

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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report "Yesterday's News" 21 Nov 13

IrrigationNZ says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report released today ‘Water Quality in New Zealand: land use and nutrient pollution’ doesn’t tell New Zealand anything new - it only continues with the same old rhetoric "we all know and have accepted that the status quo will not lead to a sustainable future".

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IrrigationNZ applauds National Objectives Framework 7 Nov 13

IrrigationNZ has come out in support of the National Objectives Framework released today by the Government saying the integration of socio-economic and environmental objectives is the only way New Zealand will achieve long-term sustainability.

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‘Irrigation Managers’ benefit from workshops - Central/North Otago 4 Nov 13

IrrigationNZ aims to improve the skill set of those at the forefront of the irrigation industry with its ‘Irrigation Manager’ workshops on offer in Central and North Otago later this month.

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'Irrigation Managers' benefit from workshop - Hawkes Bay 31 Oct 13

IrrigationNZ is improving the skill set of those at the forefront of the irrigation industry with its ‘Irrigation Manager’ workshop on offer in Hawkes Bay next week.

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Praise for Immigration's role in fast-tracking irrigation repairs 11 Oct 13

One month on from the wind event that destroyed close to 800 irrigators, fast-tracking of Visas for overseas specialists is boosting efforts to get the irrigation season underway. However, IrrigationNZ says delayed irrigation is a real concern and the economic consequences could rival last year’s drought.

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powerHouse speakers for INZ AGM 3 Oct 13

The growing relevance of technology across the agriculture sector should inspire interest in IrrigationNZ’s AGM this month with the draw-card being keynote speakers, powerHouse Partners Stephen Hampson and Miles Hockley.

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Irrigation experts now online 25 Sep 13

Irrigators and irrigation schemes wanting to fast-track repairs and access specialist advice following this month’s big wind can now access an online directory of experts at www.irrigationschemes.co.nz

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Election candidates need to front and clarify position on scheme 20 Sep 13

IrrigationNZ says candidates standing for local body election in Hawkes Bay need to clearly state their position on the proposed Rutaniwha Water Storage Scheme - so voters can make an informed decision around whether to support them. 

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Irrigators urged to check for lightning strike damage 17 Sep 13

IrrigationNZ says farmers should exercise caution when starting irrigation systems – even if storm damage isn’t obvious – as lightening strike has emerged as a secondary cause of problems following last week’s storm.

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More than 800 damaged irrigators 12 Sep 13

IrrigationNZ says initial reports suggest more than 800 irrigators across Canterbury are severely damaged and will need to be repaired or written off following Tuesday’s big wind.

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North Canterbury will boom on back of water storage 8 Aug 13

IrrigationNZ says North Canterbury will be revitalised on the back of the Waitohi Irrigation and Hydro Scheme, which was granted resource consent this week.

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Crown irrigation investment company needs to act 2 Jul 13

IrrigationNZ has congratulated the Government on the establishment of the new Crown company ‘Irrigation Investments Ltd’ – but signals action is needed quickly before opportunities are lost.

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Soil moisture monitoring prize goes to Oamaru farm 17 Jun 13

An Oamaru dairy farm will gain from Aqualinc Research's support of IrrigationNZ's recent training event in Ashburton entitled the 'Great Irrigation Challenge'.

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‘Great Irrigation Challenge’ launches guide and contract 17 May 13

Next week’s ‘Great Irrigation Challenge’ in Ashburton marks two professional milestones for the irrigation industry, says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

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Building water storage too important to become ‘political football’ 16 May 13

IrrigationNZ says it is increasingly concerned about political rhetoric around water storage and a cross-political party agreement is needed to advance the issue.

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Irrigation event needs more 'owner operator' irrigator support 14 May 13

The irrigation industry is rapidly moving away from a ‘No 8 wire mentality’ as next week’s Great Irrigation Challenge in Ashburton will demonstrate, says IrrigationNZ – but more ‘owner operator’ irrigators need to rise to the challenge.

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Fast-track water storage to drought-proof New Zealand 14 Mar 13

IrrigationNZ says water storage needs to be fast-tracked to drought-proof agriculture as New Zealand can no longer carry the cost of a significant drought every five years.

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Central Plains Water grant will help rebuild Canterbury 19 Feb 13

Cantabrians should be celebrating the announcement of Government funding to progress the Central Plains Water scheme – as agriculture like no other industry – has the ability to help fund Canterbury’s rebuild, says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

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Government’s irrigation investment ‘well deserved’ 23 Jan 13

New Government funding for irrigation infrastructure means four New Zealand regions may see water storage proposals progress this year – creating new jobs, making farming, viticulture and horticulture more viable, and ensuring more sustainable use of water, says IrrigationNZ.

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Water report shows 'responsible water use' 9 Jan 13

The latest water report from Environment Canterbury demonstrates irrigators in the region are using water responsibly.

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Irrigation reduces New Zealand’s fire-risk 9 Jan 13

IrrigationNZ says the fire risk from extreme temperatures being recorded on both sides of the Tasman has been eased in New Zealand by irrigation infrastructure.

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IrrigationNZ praises support for Wairarapa water study 11 Dec 12

IrrigationNZ has praised a grant announced today by the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF) - supporting a study into new water infrastructure for the Wairarapa.

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IrrigationNZ applauds IAF investment 29 Nov 12

IrrigationNZ has applauded the latest grant made by the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF) - a project assessing the viability of expanding irrigation on the south side of the Lower Waitaki River.

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Last minute changes weaken Land and Water Forum report 15 Nov 12

IrrigationNZ says last minute changes to the Land and Water Forum’s Third Report, ‘Managing Within Limits’, have weakened its integrity.

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Irrigation Managers targeted in pilot workshop 8 Nov 12

IrrigationNZ will team up with Synlait later this month to host a pilot 'Irrigation Manager' workshop.

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Graeme Sutton retires from IrrigationNZ 18 Oct 12

Passionate irrigation advocate, Graeme Sutton, has retired from IrrigationNZ, after more than a decade with the organisation, seven of those as chairman. 

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More water infrastructure deals needed 5 Oct 12

IrrigationNZ says progress by Central Plains Water and Trustpower in advancing irrigation options is encouraging – but more water infrastructure solutions are needed in Canterbury and quickly.

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Canterbury irrigators urged to attend INZ workshops 24 Sep 12

Free workshops starting this week - updating Canterbury irrigators on policy changes affecting them - are even more relevant given recent water management announcements, says IrrigationNZ.

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Irrigators running out of time to comply 11 Sep 12

With less than eight weeks to go before on-farm water meters become compulsory, IrrigationNZ is worried one third of irrigators in Canterbury and two thirds in Otago have yet to install them.

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IrrigationNZ approves of Commissioner extension 7 Sep 12

Irrigation New Zealand has come out in support of the retention of the Environment Canterbury Commissioners - but asks whether this means water management plan deadlines can be re-negotiated.

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IrrigationNZ's response to Fish and Game's position on WCOs 29 Aug 12

Fish and Game’s comments on Irrigation New Zealand’s position on Water Conservation Orders (WCOs) are intriguing. Claims that WCOs, like those placed on the Rangitata and Rakaia, present a ‘win win’ for farmers and natural river values are questionable. We live in an ever changing environment - WCOs implemented many years ago, most of which were based on limited data, no longer represent an effective or dynamic way of managing community expectations around water.

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Water Conservation Orders have no role in sustainable future for New Zealand 13 Aug 12

Instead of knocking the productive use of water for activities such as irrigation, it’s time all New Zealanders accepted and celebrated how water adds value. Water is New Zealand’s strategic advantage. Permanently ‘locking up’ its use through outdated and divisive processes, such as Water Conservation Orders, is not beneficial – not even to the river.

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IrrigationNZ hits the road to make irrigation pay 3 Jul 12

Managing within Limits - With ever increasing expectation for effective and efficient use of water the need to make irrigation pay remains as relevant as ever. Astute management of water is a sure pathway to wealth and environmental prosperity. It’s a worldwide issue, and New Zealand is no exception.

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Audited Self-Management System wins IrrigationNZ Innovation Award 4 Apr 12

The North Otago Irrigation Company’s (NOIC) ground-breaking Audited Self-Management System has taken out the prestigious 2012 IrrigationNZ Innovation Award at its biennial conference in Timaru last night.

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Inaugural IrrigationNZ chairman Brian Cameron receives the 2012 Ron Cocks Memorial Award 3 Apr 12

Retired Ashburton farmer, author and inaugural irrigation association chairman Brian Cameron knows full well the trials and tribulations of irrigation development having spent more than four decades working tirelessly to transform the arid Mid Canterbury plains into the diverse food bowl of agriculture it is today.

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Innovation in Irrigation Award finalists announced 30 Mar 12

With less than a week to the IrrigationNZ Conference and Expo in Timaru the three finalists in the IrrigationNZ 2012 Innovation in Irrigation Award in association with Aqualinc have been announced.

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Farmer's Expo a Must 29 Mar 12

Farmers interested in irrigation will have an opportunity to see New Zealand’s leading irrigation associated businesses under one roof as part of the IrrigationNZ Conference and Expo at the SBS Event Centre Timaru on Monday.

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Designing an innovative sustainable and prosperous future for Kiwi Irrigators 27 Mar 12

Twenty-first century success will depend on the mindsets and possible courses of action irrigators adopt rather than technology, costs, or regulatory environments, according to internationally renowned futurist and strategist Peter Ellyard, who will deliver a keynote address at the IrrigationNZ Conference in Timaru next week.

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Living With Limits – a reality for irrigated agriculture 22 Mar 12

The ‘Living With Limits’ session sponsored by Fonterra will be a hot topic at the IrrigationNZ conference in Timaru next month. Water quantity limits and allocations have been in place for a number of years, but water quality limits and associated nutrient discharge allowances will soon also become part of day to day farm management. The 2011 National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management has mandated freshwater objective and limit setting, along with the phasing out of over allocation.

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‘Irrigation – Building Prosperity, Opportunity and Resilience for All’ 12 Mar 12

The establishment of a regional water entity could well be the way forward for Canterbury - and the place to debate this will be the IrrigationNZ conference in Timaru. Regional, community driven solutions for water supply, must be delivered in a timely fashion if the Christchurch economy is to get the stimulus it needs post earthquake.

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Quality installation key to irrigation system efficiency, performance and reliability 9 Feb 12

A Code of Practice for Irrigation Installation will help installation contractors better understand the contractual obligations and critical installation standards required within the industry.

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Time closes in on search for industry innovation 31 Jan 12

Time is closing in on the search to find the best innovation in the New Zealand irrigation industry. 

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IrrigationNZ welcomes National’s commitment to irrigation and water storage development 10 Nov 11

IrrigationNZ welcomes National’s commitment to irrigation and water storage development

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IrrigationNZ gets new Chairman 7 Nov 11

New chairman appointed for IrrigationNZ

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IrrigationNZ rewards industry innovation 3 Oct 11

IrrigationNZ’s Innovation in Irrigation Award

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IAF marks new era for community irrigation development 14 Sep 11

IrrigationNZ welcomes government’s “open for business” status of the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), marking a new era of community irrigation infrastructure development in New Zealand

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Irrigation NZ hits the road to make irrigation pay 23 Jun 11

When to start and when to stop irrigating

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IrrigationNZ releases ‘blue tick’ industry accreditation 20 Jun 11

IrrigationNZ has today released an official list of accredited service providers for the water measurement and reporting programme. Accredited service providers will be easily recognised by the introduction of the IrrigationNZ "blue tick‟ logo.

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IrrigationNZ welcomes support for irrigation development and improved water management 9 May 11

Irrigation NZ welcomes the government’s move to lift investment in irrigation as part of its fresh water policy package announced today, recognising the importance of the future upgrade and development of irrigation in New Zealand.

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IrrigationNZ recognises NZ’s first certified irrigation designer 29 Apr 11

New Zealand’s first certified irrigation designer has been recognised by IrrigationNZ.

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Irrigation NZ champions water meter installation and verification industry accreditation program 31 Mar 11

Service providers are urged to 'get accredited' as part of implementation of the national regulation for water measuring and reporting.

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Irrigation NZ applauds decision to withdraw 21 Dec 10

The decision by recreational groups to withdraw their application for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River has been applauded by Irrigation New Zealand.

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Drought highlights urgent need for water storage 15 Dec 10

Reliable irrigation is the way forward to ensure sustainable and resilient communities says Irrigation NZ as it highlights the urgent need for nationwide water storage.

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Irrigation knowledge centre goes live 1 Dec 10

A knowledge centre launched this month by Irrigation NZ will serve as the hub for irrigation information in New Zealand.

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Irrigators Issue Word of Warning on Moratorium 24 Nov 10

The decision by Environment Canterbury Commissioners to impose a moratorium on the Waiau River catchment makes sense, but it comes with a word of warning from the national body representing irrigation interests in New Zealand.  

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Irrigators Demonstrate Commitment to Water Management 10 Nov 10

Water measurement is consistent with the future direction of the irrigation industry. As from November 10, 2010, national regulation will involve some on-farm changes, and consequently additional costs, for many farmers

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Water Workshop Presents the Challenges and Opportunities 15 Oct 10

The challenges and opportunities of water measurement will be the focus of an IrrigationNZ workshop to be held at Methven next week.

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Irrigation NZ Hits the Road to Make Irrigation Pay - Reducing Your Energy Bill 28 Sep 10

With increasing expectancy for efficient use of water, the need to make irrigation pay has never been greater. Today efficient irrigation is a requirement not an option.

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Post Earthquake Irrigation Checks – Three Weeks On 24 Sep 10

Continuing enquiry has prompted Irrigation NZ to issue this update on checking irrigation pumps and systems following the September 4, M7.1 earthquake in Canterbury

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IrrigationNZ Urges Post Earthquake Check on Irrigation Systems 7 Sep 10

With the extent of damage to irrigation wells, pipelines and systems yet to be fully revealed in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Canterbury at the weekend, IrrigationNZ cautions farmers to take extreme care.  

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Building Tomorrow’s Company – Optimising Water Management 13 Aug 10

Effective governance requires vision and succession planning – Irrigation NZ is committed to ensuring rural communities have leaders well versed in their governance role . . .

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Moratorium Demonstrates ‘Common Sense’ – Irrigation NZ 21 Jul 10

Government’s approval for a moratorium on water take consent applications for the Hurunui River demonstrates common sense in a case where no proper water plan exists says Irrigation NZ chairman Graeme Sutton.

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Irrigation NZ Welcomes Changes to Community Scheme Funding 15 Jul 10

Irrigation NZ welcomes changes to the Community Irrigation Fund believing the reshape will clear significant stumbling blocks encountered in the early stages of developing sustainable community schemes.

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Canterbury Water Allocation System gets Nod of Approval 30 Jun 10

Irrigation NZ is pleased to announce a seasonal water allocation method is all go for Canterbury.

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Irrigation NZ Highlights Industry Innovation 21 Jun 10

Inaugural innovation award highlights community benefits flowing from irrigation

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Irrigation NZ Backs Dam Safety Review 17 Jun 10

Irrigation NZ has welcomed the review of dam safety regulations that has put more sense into the proposed scheme.

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Irrigation NZ Backs National Regulation for Mandatory Water Measuring 30 Apr 10

Irrigation NZ strongly supports the approval of national regulation requiring water takes to be measured as part of a wider programme to improve fresh water management.

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Hubbard’s Irrigation Leadership Honoured 29 Apr 10

South Canterbury businessman and public face of South Canterbury Finance Allan Hubbard was honoured this week for his outstanding leadership in irrigation.

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Irrigation NZ Applauds Commissioner Appointments 22 Apr 10

Irrigation NZ applauds government’s selection of commissioners to oversee Environment Canterbury and fix Canterbury’s water issues.

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Danish Expert Delivers Fresh Thinking In Water Management 12 Apr 10

The world’s limited water resources are increasingly under stress. The potential use for productive and non-productive purposes is severely restricted because of limited water availability and decreasing water quality.  Ecosystems are under threat and climate change adds to these challenges that have far-reaching consequences for the livelihood of an increasing population.

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Optimal Water Management Stems From Community Responsibility 6 Apr 10

Real life experiences of leading national and international keynote speakers are proving a key attraction to New Zealand’s largest irrigation industry event to be held later this month.

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Irrigation NZ Supports Government Decision To Oust Councillors 30 Mar 10

Irrigation NZ supports government’s decision to oust Environment Canterbury councillors and the consequent appointment of commissioner leadership to address Canterbury’s lack of a proper allocation plan and failure to progress opportunities for optimal water management.

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Irrigation NZ Heads to Otago 1 Mar 10

Irrigation NZ is heading to Otago this week to meet with industry stakeholders and representatives in a move to better understand the region’s water challenges.

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Irrigation NZ Bats For Regional Water Authority 22 Feb 10

A specialist body with a total focus on fresh water is the way forward to create opportunity in a fresh start for the Canterbury region says the major leader of irrigation farmers in New Zealand.

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Irrigation NZ Welcomes the Removal of Roadblocks 9 Feb 10

The Prime Minister’s 2010 statement to Parliament today is encouraging for irrigators.

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Irrigation NZ Rewards Innovation 28 Jan 10

Innovation, discovery and achievement making a positive contribution, impact or benefit to irrigation is set to be rewarded by the industry’s national body.  

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Chairman's Report 7 Oct 09

I welcome you all to the 2009 annual general meeting. 2009 has been a significant and generally satisfying year for Irrigation New Zealand. Irrigation New Zealand continues to gain momentum as the nation's unified voice on irrigated issues, as a national body contributing a positive influence resulting in significant impact on water related challenges for all irrigated agriculture in New Zealand.

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Workshop - Automated Control Systems for Schemes 29 Sep 09

Irrigation New Zealand invites members to participate in an interactive workshop focusing on Automated Control Systems for Schemes. Automation is one of the key components to driving water use efficiency for schemes. Whether you're thinking about automation or well down the track with it, this workshop is a must. The interactive environment will allow questions to be answered as well as enable the sharing of valuable knowledge and experiences with others.

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