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

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

Severe water restrictions ahead for Hawke’s Bay irrigators

6th July 2017

Andrew Curtis, CEO of Irrigation New Zealand, said it was a very sad day for Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand following the decision by the Supreme Court on the proposed Ruataniwha land swap. “The Ruataniwha dam depended on that land….. Read more

Farmers not getting water for free, says Irrigation New Zealand

29th June 2017

Recent suggestions that farmers should be taxed for water use ignores the fact that farmers already pay for the water they use, says Irrigation New Zealand. Irrigation New Zealand calculates the average cost of water supplied by irrigation schemes every….. Read more

Plan Change 5 Update

28th June 2017

Read INZ’s concerns about Plan Change 5  

June 2017 E-newsletter

9th June 2017

Have a read of the e-newsletter we’ve just sent out.

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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

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

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