Irrigation New Zealand

Interviews were carried out with five Regional Councils with significant irrigation in their regions. The interview, based on the questions outlined below, was conducted with a range of personnel from each council covering policy makers through to field officer personnel. The responses have been summarised and grouped for ease of explanation. click here for the report.

Definition and role

  • What is your understanding and definition of a user group?
  • What do you see as the role of user groups?
  • What are the reasons to engage with a user group?
  • What is the end goal/ideal outcome that groups will be a part of?

Range and scope

  • What scale of groups exist / are envisaged?
  • What will the level of responsibility/degree of independence be?

Process

  • Is there a process to enable groups
  • Minimum requirements needed for confidence in ability of group?
  • Is there intention to give groups recognition/status
  • Checks and balances needed for confidence of group effectiveness?

Resourcing

  • Are there support resources in place?
  • Challenges with regard to capability to resource the development of groups?
  • Communications strategy

General

  • On a scale of 1 to 10 what level of importance is being placed on the development of groups?

NEWS

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

Advice for irrigators over a long, dry summer

7th December 2017

With much of New Zealand experiencing exceptionally dry conditions, IrrigationNZ has some advice for irrigators on how to make the most efficient use of water over summer. According to NIWA, several areas in the South and North Island came close….. Read more

Irrigation a boost for communities

4th December 2017

IrrigationNZ supports Minister of Regional Development Shane Jones’s announcement that regional economic development funding could support some water irrigation projects. “Water infrastructure plays a vital role in creating resilient rural communities,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis.  “Several New Zealand….. Read more

IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

Petition misrepresents irrigation facts

14th November 2017

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace at Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used and ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address….. 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

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

Smart Irrigation