Irrigation New Zealand

The question is always asked “Why do we need an Irrigator User Group?” There are several reasons:

  1. Strength in numbers
  2. Benefits at an individual and group level
  3. Area-specific, co-ordinated and consistent approach to resource management
  4. Gives confidence to the wider community that the resource is being managed responsibly.

Sometimes the ‘why’ is not immediately obvious but one thing is certain:

“If you don’t have anything to join, no-one will join.”

IrrigationNZ strongly supports the formation of Irrigator User Groups and has produced a ‘How To’ guide to help in their formation.

For more information on how to set up a group, or link to a group near you, call INZ on 03 341 22 25 or e-mail: admin@irrigationnz.co.nz 

Irrigator User Group: ‘How To’ Guide

The key steps in Irrigator User Group formation:

  • Step 1 Leadership – Find a champion, and some deputies
  • Step 2 Purpose – Decide on a reason to exist – refine the purpose and clearly identify what the group aims to achieve
  • Step 3 Representation – Compile a comprehensive list of all potential members – use local knowledge
  • Step 4 Structure – Decide on a structure – make it fit for purpose
  • Step 5 Communication – Rally the troops, contact all potential members and clearly articulate what you are going to achieve. Identify the tricky customers – tailor your approach. Spread the load amongst the deputies.

NEWS

Irrigation investment vital for regions and for climate change adaptation

24th October 2017

A Labour and Green commitment to wind down Government loan funding for irrigation ignores irrigation’s vital role in regional growth and in climate change adaptation, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. “We note the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement has a….. Read more

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

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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