Irrigation New Zealand

INZ has developed the SMART Irrigation programme as a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate Good Management Practice.

SMART Irrigation allows irrigators to maintain and often improve productivity whilst meet community expectations around sustainable water management.

Requirements of SMART Irrigation

  1. The irrigation system is efficient
  2. Irrigation is scheduled
  3. Operators are trained
  4. Auditable records are kept

The Irrigation System is Efficient

  • Any new development, upgrade or redevelopment is consistent with the Irrigation Design and Installation Codes of Practice and Standards. Using an Accredited Irrigation Design company is the best way to achieve this.
  • Any new development, upgrade or redevelopment is commissioned to demonstrate it has achieved its design performance parameters.
  • All irrigation systems have an annual performance assessment (a Bucket Test) to demonstrate they are performing efficiently.

Irrigation is scheduled

  • When scheduling irrigation, water use must be compliant with your consent conditions – these are a legal requirement.
  • There are a two ways to schedule your irrigation, these are

Operators are trained

  • Training is key for everyone involved in irrigation and must include health and safety considerations.
  • INZ runs practical irrigation manager and irrigation development training days and workshops that provide a great way for irrigators to upskill and be safe.
  • INZ has developed a number of resources for irrigators including guides, templates and checklists, these are available free to all INZ members, or provided free as part of the training.

Auditable records are kept

  • Records are key to SMART Irrigation. Without evidence you cannot be accountable.
  • Records also provide a useful tool for analysis of performance and continual improvement.

The "guide to water management during the irrigation season" provides some simple tips for you to manage your irrigation efficiently.

Guide to water management during the irrigation season.


Wednesday 11 April–12 April

10:00 am - 17:00 pm

Join us for a two day Fertigation Master Class

When: 11th and 12th April 2018

Where: Lincoln Event Centre

Cost: $650 +GST

Places are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.

The outcome of the class is to produce a resource that will provide irrigators with clear information for successful fertigation, including costs and benefits, good management practice knowledge resources and related training opportunities.

It will also enable irrigators and their service industries to inform and achieve any future regulations around fertigation equipment and practice.

The master class will help to unlock the future potential of fertigation in NZ through providing answers to the following questions –

  1. What are the costs and benefits of fertigation?
  2. What are the equipment options for fertigation and to which scenarios are they best applied?
  3. What does ‘good practice’ design, installation and management look like?

The programme involves presentations on each topic followed by discussion and agreement that these are industry accepted standards. There will be a field trip on the afternoon of day 1 as well as a dinner on the Wednesday night. Full programme will be released soon….

The price for the master class is $650 + GST

Notice of withdrawal: 7 days – 50% registration refunded or transferable to another person, 3 days – no refund – transferable to another person

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