Irrigation New Zealand

The question is always asked "Why do we need an Irrigator User Group?" There are several reasons:

  1. Strength in numbers
  2. Benefits at an individual and group level
  3. Area-specific, co-ordinated and consistent approach to resource management
  4. Gives confidence to the wider community that the resource is being managed responsibly.

Sometimes the 'why' is not immediately obvious but one thing is certain: "If you don't have anything to join, no-one will join."

IrrigationNZ strongly supports the formation of Irrigator User Groups and has produced a 'How To' guide to help in their formation.

For more information on how to set up a group, or link to a group near you, call INZ on 03 341 22 25 or e-mail:

Irrigator User Group: 'How To' Guide

The key steps in Irrigator User Group formation:

  • Step 1 Leadership - Find a champion, and some deputies
  • Step 2 Purpose - Decide on a reason to exist - refine the purpose and clearly identify what the group aims to achieve
  • Step 3 Representation - Compile a comprehensive list of all potential members – use local knowledge
  • Step 4 Structure - Decide on a structure - make it fit for purpose
  • Step 5 Communication - Rally the troops, contact all potential members and clearly articulate what you are going to achieve. Identify the tricky customers – tailor your approach. Spread the load amongst the deputies.


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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