Irrigation New Zealand
  • Variable summer-dry climatic conditions coupled with market supply and value add processing requirements mean irrigation is now essential for consistent and quality food production on the summer dry east coast of NZ.
  • There are currently around 720,000ha (StatisticsNZ 2012) of irrigation in NZ. Available water resources, topography and demand show this figure can be sustainably increased to in excess of 1 million.
  • Since the late 1970’s irrigated NZ farmland has doubled in area every 12 years.
  • NZ derives significant socio-economic benefit from irrigated agriculture. There is also additional social, recreational and environmental benefit from modern multi-purpose irrigation infrastructure upgrade and development.
  • In 2002/03, 4% of NZ farmland was irrigated, producing $1billion net per annum at farmgate or 12% of the agriculture GDP.
  • In 2012/13 irrigation had increased to 6% of NZ farmland, $2billion net at farmgate or 20% of agriculture GDP.
  • Irrigated farmland typically generates three times the production of an equivalent area farmed under dry-land systems.
  • Alongside private individuals the wider community also benefits significantly from irrigation.
  • Studies of the socio-economic effect of irrigated agriculture show for every $1 of wealth created on an irrigated farm at least another $3 is created in the wider rural and urban communities.
  • NZ has abundant water resources to meet present and projected demand, however it will require the development of large scale water storage in order to achieve this.
  • Reliability of supply (water storage) is essential for efficient irrigation. Reducing water supply risk allows investment in high performance irrigation systems and the adoption of SMART ‘just in time’ irrigation practices.
  • Strategic management of the water resource is required to ensure the opportunities irrigated agriculture can offer are maximised in a sustainable manner, safeguarding the values of the many diverse stakeholder interests.
  • In NZ increased production quality and continuity of supply allows greater added value to be realised. Importantly this results in resilient and prosperous communities.
  • Reliable and secure water supply combined with well managed irrigation practices will result in good environmental outcomes and overcome perceived land use change intensification issues.
  • Overseas irrigation is commonly government funded due to its proven benefits for community socio-economic development.
  • IrrigationNZ was established to proactively represent and provide a leadership role for irrigation in NZ. The benefits, from the role IrrigationNZ plays, will be realised by individuals, communities and the wider NZ economy.

NEWS

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

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.

EVENTS

IOD Governance Essentials – Ranfurly

June 20 @ 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 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

Irrigation Accreditation

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