Irrigation New Zealand
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Irrigation Scheming

Author: Peter Farley

Publication date: 15/04/2013

This book is a history of the government involvement in the development, ownership and sale of 48 irrigation schemes from 1916 to 1990. It details the shocking financial management of irrigation under government control and the impressive achievements that followed under private ownership. It covers: the events leading up to the sale decision; process by which the sales were negotiated and settled; reasons why ownership privatisation produces such benefits; and policy issues to be considered when governments (central or local) contemplate future investment in irrigation.

Price: NZ$30 including packaging and postage within New Zealand

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Water, Farming and Families

Author: Anita Body and Angela Cushnie

Publication date: 12/05/2015

Since its inception the Mayfield Hinds Irrigation Scheme has touched the lives of many as influences such as drought, economic hardship, politics and war - intermingled with advances in machinery, technology and scientific research - have helped and hindered irrigation progress on Mid Canterbury's Rangitata Plains.

Price: NZ$ 59 including GST

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Liquid Gold

Author: Brian Cameron

Publication date: 01/06/2009

Liquid Gold is a history of irrigation in the Ashburton County with particular reference to the Pendarves, Dorie, Chertsey and Barrhill areas. It is the story of the author's experiences in developing his own scheme and involvement in the promotion of community schemes. Irrigation development is a slow process and this story describes its trials, disappointments and successes. It backgrounds the astonishing progress the area has experienced with the advent of irrigation. The previous, almost forgotten, dry land area has become a world class farming paradise. involving dairying, crop production and specialised seed reproduction.

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WATER GIVES LIFE

Author: Tony Benny

Publication date: 31/01/2014

Water Gives Life is the historical account of how the 1930’s dream of productive farmland in the arid South Canterbury region was turned into reality by a succession of dedicated and visionary individuals. The story explains the formation of the Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Company which 25-years later is one of the leaders of sustainable irrigation in New Zealand.

Price: NZ$25 (GST included)

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A Dream Fulfilled

Author: Jill Worrall

Publication date: 31/01/2007

“A Dream Fulfilled” was commissioned by Opuha Water Ltd to record for posterity the vision, tenacity and hard work of those individuals who had the foresight to anticipate the wide-ranging benefits to South Canterbury of the Opuha Dam. The book recounts the story of bringing reliable irrigation and river flows to South Canterbury – a story that begins in the 1980s when the region suffered three serious droughts that saw the rivers run dry and farmers nearing financial ruin. The sometimes tumultuous journey began initially with the quest to bring water from Lake Tekapo and concludes with the successful commissioning of the Opuha Dam in November 1998 – an outcome that was far from certain the year before when the partially built dam was severely damaged by a major flood event.

Price: NZ$40 including Packaging and Postage

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WATER, NORTH OTAGO’S GOLD

Author: KEITH PHEASANT

This book is a history of the development of Water Schemes in North Otago from 1870 to 2015; from gold mining days to the recent North Otago Irrigation Company’s 20,000 hectare scheme. It covers the change from a drought prone district through to a thriving farming district; and all the difficulties that were encountered along the way. A very interesting book which will appeal to anyone interested in New Zealand history, agriculture or irrigation. Future irrigators will also be interested in the benefits of irrigation once the various obstacles are overcome.

Price: $45, including GST and postage

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NEWS

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.

Let’s talk about the Selwyn River

24th March 2017

The concern being expressed over the state of the Selwyn River shows just how far we’ve come as a community. It wasn’t that long ago when New Zealand’s fresh water resources were pillaged and plundered, used as waste chutes for….. Read more

EVENTS

IOD Governance Essentials – Ashburton

June 8 @ 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 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:  CROMWELL, venue tba When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550 +GST Closing….. Read more

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