Irrigation New Zealand

The Innovation in Irrigation Award, in association with AQUALINC, celebrates, encourages and promotes innovation, as well as the positive things being undertaken in our communities with, and as a result of, irrigation. It is held biennially in conjunction with the INZ conference.

2016 Winners – Carrfields
2016 Finalist Posters
2014 Winners – Aquaduct
2014 Finalist Posters
2012 Winners – North Otago Irrigation Company
2012 Finalist Posters
2010 Winners – Precision Irrigation
2010 Finalist Posters

Many of us in the irrigation sector feel frustrated at the lack of good news stories in our media! Many in our wider community want to see irrigators striving to be efficient and considerate of the environment……. NOW HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO CHANGE THIS AND SHOW THE INNOVATION THAT IS HAPPENING AND ENCOURAGE MORE OF IT!

Some ideas to get you thinking!
  • Technical Innovation – farm, orchard, vineyard or scheme technical advances in irrigation that add value to the process of ‘doing business’
  • Irrigation Enhancing the Environment – projects and research that will lead to environmental improvements
  • Resilient Communities – projects and research inclusive of people and society, cultural, economic and infrastructure benefits of irrigation

 

Eligibility
  • The prize can be awarded to an individual or team. Only one entry is permitted per person / team
  • We encourage entries and nominations from irrigators, schemes, user groups, environmental groups, industry, and university students
  • The innovation may be new, or a reinvention or reapplication of an old technology
  • The innovation must demonstrate a clear, recent (last 5 years) or potential impact to irrigation in NZ
  • The individual or nominated team representative must be either a NZ citizen or a NZ permanent resident
  • For team entries one person must be nominated as the team representative. This person will be the public face for the innovation
  • The winning entrant will be expected to attend the INZ conference dinner to receive the award and also speak with media
  • The innovation must meet current ethical practice and have been carried out largely in NZ
Selection Criteria

The merit of each entry will be assessed by a judging panel and will be based on ‘Innovation in Irrigation’. This means there is potential for the new knowledge to have a positive impact on irrigation through technology development or in a manner that will enhance the economic, social, cultural or environmental aspects of irrigation.

 

NEWS

June 2017 E-newsletter

9th June 2017

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May 2017 E-newsletter

26th May 2017

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IrrigationNZ welcomes new government funding for irrigation

18th May 2017

Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast….. Read more

‘Our fresh water 2017’ highlights the need for collective action

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

EVENTS

Irrigation Fundamentals

August 8 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Irrigation fundamentals is a 2 day course targeting new entrants to the industry and frontline staff of businesses and organisations that provide services to the irrigation industry. The aim of the 2 days is to give people a comprehensive overview of the….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Performance Assessment

September 18 @ 8:30 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm

Gain the skills and knowledge to carry out assessments of irrigation systems in order to determine how efficiently they are operating. This Level 4 NZQA certificate runs for 7 months and requires some previous knowledge and experience in irrigation. You….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation