IrrigationNZ e-news update
SMART IRRIGATOR Edition No. 43, April 2018


Tax working group submission

We are currently drafting a submission to the government's tax working group  Future of Tax Submissions Background Paper on a water tax/ royalty.

You can read a summary of our main submission points online.  If you would like a copy of our full submission please email Andrew

Submissions close on 30 April and can be emailed to To find out more about the consultation visit the Future of Tax website

Visit our FREE irrigation expo

We are pleased to announce that you can visit our 2018 Irrigation Expo at Alexandra for free.

The expo is being held as part of our 2018 Conference. The expo will showcase over 55 exhibitors displaying the latest in irrigation technology and services. This is an opportunity to check out what's new in irrigation, and is a great event to attend if you're thinking of upgrading your irrigation systems or installing new equipment. Modern systems can save staff time and operating costs, and help you meet new environmental requirements. 

The expo will be held at Dunstan High School in Alexandra and is open to the public on: 

  • Tuesday 17 April: 3.30 - 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 April: 8am - 5pm
  • Thursday 19 April: 8am - 2.30pm

The expo will include three Smart Showcase events including short presentations from exhibitors. 

Conference 2018 is next week!

From 17-19 April, Dunstan High School in Alexandra will be home to our 2018 Irrigation Conference. It will be an action packed event you do not want to miss!

We have local and international speakers here to discuss new irrigation technology, a future vision for irrigation, along with how we can collectively meet the challenges ahead. There’s also free entry for everyone to over 55 exhibitors – who will also be showcasing the latest in technology and services at the expo and SMART Showcase. 

For more information or to register, email Lauren (

Future irrigation funding announced

The government recently announced that the Waimea Community Dam and Kurow Duntroon Irrigation Scheme will be able to access loan funding to progress, however the planned Hurunui, Hunter Downs and Flaxborne irrigation projects will not be able to access loan funding.

In Crown Irrigation Investments Briefing to Incoming Ministers, the socio-economic gain to communities from planned future irrigation projects in New Zealand was over $1.2 billion per year. IrrigationNZ sees it as disappointing that some projects weren't able to access loan funding given the benefits they offer to New Zealand. Media coverage of the decision and reaction from schemes is included under news below. 

Water meter verification training 

Two water meter verification training days are coming. One training event takes place at Lincoln on 9 May, and another in Taupo on 15 May. 

These training days are designed to assist those completing the NZQA Water Meter Verification Workbooks. They will cover regulation, verification methods - pros and cons, maths for determining compliance, and key concepts such as error and uncertainty, how verifiers can influence a test and steps they can take to ensure they don't create bias. Find out more...

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