Irrigation New Zealand

For the Innovation in Irrigation Award 2018: click here.

The Innovation in Irrigation Award 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

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

Irrigation Workshops – Marlborough and Tasman

7th December 2017

With challenging dry conditions continuing across the Upper South Island, Marlborough and Tasman irrigators will have the opportunity to find out how to be more efficient in their water use at upcoming workshops hosted by IrrigationNZ. “Understanding how to monitor….. Read more

Advice for irrigators over a long, dry summer

7th December 2017

With much of New Zealand experiencing exceptionally dry conditions, IrrigationNZ has some advice for irrigators on how to make the most efficient use of water over summer. According to NIWA, several areas in the South and North Island came close….. Read more

Irrigation a boost for communities

4th December 2017

IrrigationNZ supports Minister of Regional Development Shane Jones’s announcement that regional economic development funding could support some water irrigation projects. “Water infrastructure plays a vital role in creating resilient rural communities,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis.  “Several New Zealand….. Read more

IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

Petition misrepresents irrigation facts

14th November 2017

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace at Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used and ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Efficiency Summer Programme

November 7, 2017 - February 28, 2018

                                 Is your irrigation equipment operating as it should? What improvements could be made? These are questions that can be technically challenging and costly. To help irrigating farmers navigate to Good Management….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation