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:

  • Water tax discussion paper
  • Election 2017 Irrigation Manifesto – what actions irrigation requires for a sustainable future. Read the draft 2017 Election Manifesto
  • Government Freshwater Reforms including –
    • Resource Management Act reforms
    • Proposed changes to the Freshwater Management National Policy Statement
    • Review of the current allocation system and resolving iwi rights and interests
    • Good Management Practice expectations and reporting
    • Freshwater monitoring and reporting
  • Financial Reporting Exemptions for Irrigation Companies and Co-operatives – Financial Markets Conduct Act
  • 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 cadetship programmes

Knowledge Initiatives:

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

NEWS

27th April 2017

The release of ‘Our fresh water 2017’ is a call to action for all New Zealanders, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. The report measures fresh water quality, quantity and flows, biodiversity and cultural health. “This report highlights the impact we….. Read more

Testing Irrigation Efficiency – what’s really going on on-farm

12th April 2017

IrrigationNZ has spent the summer gathering data on farms around Canterbury to get a better, more accurate understanding of irrigation efficiency. The results, say INZ Project Manager, Steve Breneger, will provide a benchmark for progress. “We’ve been on-farm for the….. Read more

Would you like a tax with your water?

12th April 2017

If there’s one thing every election has in common it’s tax. Usually one party promising to lower them; the others threatening to raise them. This year however, tax is being talked about in the context of water. I’ve spent time….. Read more

April 2017 e-newsletter

12th April 2017

Have a read at the e-newsletter that we’ve just sent out: click here.

Let’s talk about the Selwyn River

24th March 2017

The concern being expressed over the state of the Selwyn River shows just how far we’ve come as a community. It wasn’t that long ago when New Zealand’s fresh water resources were pillaged and plundered, used as waste chutes for….. Read more

EVENTS

IOD Governance Essentials – Ashburton

June 8 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Potential and new directors and managers who interact with boards and wish to increase their understanding of the governance environment. A refresh course for existing directors and managers.

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Cromwell

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE CROMWELL Where:  CROMWELL, venue tba When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550 +GST Closing….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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