Irrigation New Zealand

INZ, with support from Aqualinc Research Ltd, has conducted a survey of the cost of irrigation scheme water supply across NZ. From this data set, a standardised cost comparison for the delivery of water to the farm gate has been produced. As a further comparison the cost of installing and operating a groundwater supply has also been included.

INZ conducted interviews with representatives from each irrigation scheme. From this information the annualised cost for each scheme, standardised as $/ha/year and $/m, was produced. In 2012-13, Canterbury irrigation schemes were surveyed. In the 2014 update, the dataset was expanded to 20 schemes to include Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough and Northland. INZ will continue to expand this dataset and update the report on a biennial basis to keep the information comprehensive and current.

The report contains standardised costs for the delivery of water to the farm gate. It does not include any costs incurred inside the farm boundary. An adjustment is made to the cost where it is delivered under pressure (piped) to reflect and balance the costs against the schemes that deliver at zero pressure (i.e. open channel). Adjustment is also made to match all scheme costs to a supply reliability of 95% and take account of on-farm storage requirements that are a prerequisite to scheme water supply.

Note: A survey of land prices is not conducted as part of this analysis but may warrant further work in the future, as some cost may be capitalised into the underlying land value.

2016 Cost of Irrigation Scheme Water Supply Survey
2014 Cost of Irrigation Scheme Water Supply Survey
2012 Cost of Irrigation Scheme Water Supply Survey

NEWS

Why tax irrigation to improve rivers if irrigated regions already have more swimmable rivers?

16th August 2017

IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more….. Read more

‘Let’s Answer This’ – Questions mounting as New Zealanders demand answers on water tax

15th August 2017

‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum –  while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday 11th August by non….. Read more

“Labour – Let’s Answer This” – New Zealander’s deserve answers on water tax

11th August 2017

In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work. “The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement….. Read more

Water conservation order threatens 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay and iconic Kiwi produce and wine

3rd August 2017

New Zealanders’ access to affordable local apples and stonefruit, along with around 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay, are under threat from a proposal to impose a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River, says Irrigation New Zealand. The proposed water….. Read more

New irrigation rules could hurt Canterbury economy

25th July 2017

Irrigation New Zealand has lodged an appeal against new Environment Canterbury irrigation rules it says are unachievable and which could affect the viability of farming in Canterbury. It is estimated that irrigation contributes over $5 billion to New Zealand’s economy…… Read more

EVENTS

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 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:  Otago Polytech, Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell – Rm 12 When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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