Irrigation New Zealand

INZ focuses its advocacy work at the national level. We only get involved in the regions if the issue is precedent-setting for irrigation.

Advocacy Hot Topics:

  • Submission on the proposed Fresh Water policy reform. If you want to write your own submission here is a template to help you do it: Submission Template
  • Submissions on Environment Canterbury’s Proposed Plan Change 7 to the Land and Water Regional Plan: PC7 Changes Summary document
  • Government Freshwater Reforms including -
    • Resource Management Act reforms
    • Freshwater Management National Policy Statement
    • Review of the current allocation system and resolving iwi rights and interests
    • Irrigation Good Management Practice expectations and reporting
    • Freshwater monitoring and reporting
  • Financial Reporting Exemptions for Irrigation Companies and Co-operatives - Financial Markets Conduct Act
  • Irrigation Scheme Valuations - Rating Valuations Act
  • Centre Pivot Electrical Safety – Electrical Regulation Act

INZ's other main focus is building capability and capacity for the irrigation sector. Everyone needs to be enabled to achieve Good Practice.

Training Initiatives:

  • Development of an irrigation engineering apprenticeship for the Service Industry
  • Integrating the irrigation management qualification into primary sector apprenticeship and cadet programmes

Knowledge Initiatives:

  • Development of an e-learning platform to readily provide ‘SMART tips and tools’ for irrigation