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

Common sense prevails on water tax

20th October 2017

IrrigationNZ says that a decision by the new government not to introduce a water tax would be a victory for common sense. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis has congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the new government. Speaking to media….. Read more

Irrigation Innovation Award – entries now open

26th September 2017

Farms and businesses with new products, technologies, or practices that exemplify innovation in irrigation are being encouraged to enter IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’, sponsored by Southern Wide Real Estate. The highly prestigious award promotes innovation in irrigation and has a….. Read more

Call for abstracts to benefit irrigators 

26th September 2017

IrrigationNZ is inviting short abstracts to be submitted on irrigated related topics for its 2018 Conference to be held in Central Otago, New Zealand. The conference has the theme of unlocking a golden future and IrrigationNZ is seeking to highlight new,….. Read more

Water tax ‘not about water bottlers’ – they’ll pay less than 3%

22nd September 2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the party’s proposed water tax by saying it’s about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ. When Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last night’s TVNZ Leader’s Debate whether rural New Zealand….. Read more

Water tax by the numbers: A breakdown

18th September 2017

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labour’s proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Darfield

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DARFIELD Where: Darfield Rec Centre When: 10am- 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550….. 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

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