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

How farms are working to reduce environmental impacts in Selwyn 

14th February 2018

It’s been a busy time for many Selwyn farms over the past few months. After a record breaking dry spell in late 2017, we received some welcome rain in January.  In conditions like these, irrigation is really important both for….. Read more

NZ needs more water storage in a changing climate

8th February 2018

The importance of water storage in helping provide a reliable supply of water for urban communities, and for food and energy production in a changing climate needs to be recognised, says IrrigationNZ. “We are seeing the effects of poor future….. Read more

What can we learn from 2017’s wild weather about managing water?

8th February 2018

  As year’s went 2017 was a fairly dramatic one. In February, one of the biggest fires in New Zealand history ignited on the Port Hills amid tinder dry conditions, causing thousands of residents to be evacuated. In March, the….. Read more

Free irrigation workshop for Bay of Plenty farmers

18th January 2018

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers have the opportunity to join a free workshop showing them how to optimise their irrigation use. The workshop will be run by IrrigationNZ and will cover how to assess how well irrigation systems are performing…… Read more

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

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

Foundations of working with tangata whenua workshop

March 6 - March 7

Given the considerable interest shown, INZ have organised a workshop on how to be effective working and negotiating with tangata whenua. Proudly supported by our training partners The learning objectives of this are to: Have a basic idea of who….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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