Irrigation New Zealand


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Author: Peter Farley

Publication Date: 15/04/2013

This book is a history of the government involvement in the development, ownership and sale of 48 irrigation schemes from 1916 to 1990. It details the shocking financial management of irrigation under government control and the impressive achievements that followed under private ownership. It covers: the events leading up to the sale decision; process by which the sales were negotiated and settled; reasons why ownership privatisation produces such benefits; and policy issues to be considered when governments (central or local) contemplate future investment in irrigation.

Price: NZ$30 including packaging and postage within New Zealand

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Author: Anita Body and Angela Cushnie

Publication Date: 12/05/2015

Since its inception the Mayfield Hinds Irrigation Scheme has touched the lives of many as influences such as drought, economic hardship, politics and war - intermingled with advances in machinery, technology and scientific research - have helped and hindered irrigation progress on Mid Canterbury's Rangitata Plains.

Price: NZ$ 59 including GST

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Author: Brian Cameron

Publication Date: 01/06/2009

Liquid Gold is a history of irrigation in the Ashburton County with particular reference to the Pendarves, Dorie, Chertsey and Barrhill areas. It is the story of the author's experiences in developing his own scheme and involvement in the promotion of community schemes. Irrigation development is a slow process and this story describes its trials, disappointments and successes. It backgrounds the astonishing progress the area has experienced with the advent of irrigation. The previous, almost forgotten, dry land area has become a world class farming paradise. involving dairying, crop production and specialised seed reproduction.

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Author: Tony Benny

Publication Date: 31/01/2014

Water Gives Life is the historical account of how the 1930's dream of productive farmland in the arid South Canterbury region was turned into reality by a succession of dedicated and visionary individuals. The story explains the formation of the Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Company which 25-years later is one of the leaders of sustainable irrigation in New Zealand.

Price: NZ$25 (GST included)

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Author: Jill Worrall

Publication Date: 31/01/2007

'A Dream Fulfilled' was commissioned by Opuha Water Ltd to record for posterity the vision, tenacity and hard work of those individuals who had the foresight to anticipate the wide-ranging benefits to South Canterbury of the Opuha Dam. The book recounts the story of bringing reliable irrigation and river flows to South Canterbury a story that begins in the 1980s when the region suffered three serious droughts that saw the rivers run dry and farmers nearing financial ruin. The sometimes tumultuous journey began initially with the quest to bring water from Lake Tekapo and concludes with the successful commissioning of the Opuha Dam in November 1998 an outcome that was far from certain the year before when the partially built dam was severely damaged by a major flood event.

Price: NZ$40 including Packaging and Postage

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Author: Keith Pheasant

This book is a history of the development of Water Schemes in North Otago from 1870 to 2015; from gold mining days to the recent North Otago Irrigation Company's 20,000 hectare scheme. It covers the change from a drought prone district through to a thriving farming district; and all the difficulties that were encountered along the way. A very interesting book which will appeal to anyone interested in New Zealand history, agriculture or irrigation. Future irrigators will also be interested in the benefits of irrigation once the various obstacles are overcome.

Price: $45, including GST and postage

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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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Wednesday 9 May

09:00 am - 17:00 pm

Water Meter Verification Workbook training day.

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Tuesday 15 May

09:00 am - 17:00 pm

Water Meter Verification Workbook Training day - Taupo

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