INZ is a national membership organisation that looks after the interests of irrigating farmers, growers and the industry professionals that service them. We actively engage with our members and other stakeholders in the delivery of irrigation best practice. We operate as a not-for-profit.
INZ has been established to:
- Facilitate the adoption of best practice in irrigation and water management
- Develop a world-class resource base of knowledge, information and statistics on irrigation in NZ
- Provide effective communication and networks of the organisations and interests involved in irrigation and water management
- Promote the story of irrigation in NZ
INZ has developed and regularly reviews a set of principles that guide our advocacy activities:
- Nobody owns water in New Zealand – instead a permit is granted for its use.
- All users of water have a responsibility to use it efficiently through the adoption of Good Management Practice.
- Water is plentiful in New Zealand – however its efficient use requires sound planning, investment and management.
- Water quality must not be unacceptably altered through irrigation.
- Integrated catchment management underpinned by audited self-management is the optimal approach to water management.
- Decision making must be informed through robust science and reflect community values.
- There are multiple benefits from water infrastructure - its development and funding must reflect this.
- Water charges in New Zealand should only be set to recover water supply and resource management.
More detailed explanation of each principle: INZ Principles