Irrigation New Zealand

IrrigationNZ is working on behalf of our members to raise questions about the fairness and viability of a new water tax and to demand answers from Labour about how this would impact on ordinary Kiwis.

You can read our Survey on Potential Impacts of Water tax on Irrigators (August 2017)

Support our message to Labour – Why irrigators don’t support a water tax.

We’ve prepared a summary of Reasons why we don’t support a water tax.

Visit our facebook page to keep up to date with the social media campaign

We assessed irrigated land area by region against river health measures in this paper – Does irrigation affect river health? Link between irrigation and the swimmability of rivers

You can also read our latest media releases where we raise the issue of regions with the least swimmable rivers receiving minimal funding from the clean rivers tax.

To help the politicians understand the impacts of a water tax, we’ve put together a Water tax calculator

For irrigators we’ve put together a How much will the water tax cost me calculator?

Water Tax Calculator:

Annual Allocation: m3

Annual Water Use: m3

Estimated Cost: $

Your Yearly Cost Based on Annual Allocation:

Your Yearly Cost Based on Usage:

Join the Water tax conversation on Facebook

IrrigationNZ’s Water tax discussion paper. When we met with politicians back in May, we discussed the challenges and impacts of implementing a water tax at great length… some listened… some didn’t!


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

Water tax by the numbers: A breakdown

18th September 2017

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labour’s proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from….. Read more

​Confusion reigns on ‘no new taxes’ as water tax WOULD be introduced

14th September 2017

Confused members of nonprofit body Irrigation New Zealand are contacting IrrigationNZ asking if a water tax IS going ahead, following Labour’s announcement on tax plans today. While Labour’s tax statement is being called ‘no new taxes this term’ , the water….. Read more

Enable farmers to farm sustainably, don’t punish them, says PM

14th September 2017

More than 400 farmers and other rural business owners turned out in Ashburton this week to hear National’s policies on the primary sector and the environment and discuss concerns on a raft of new proposed taxes by Greens and Labour,….. Read more

Survey reveals unintended impacts of water tax

31st August 2017

A new survey of irrigators has revealed the potential impact of implementing Labour’s proposal on a water tax, including the news that it is set to lead to more intensive farming. Key findings from the survey conducted by IrrigationNZ were:….. Read more


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:  Otago Polytech, Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell – Rm 12 When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST….. Read more

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Ranfurly

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE RANFURLY Where:  Wedderburn Cottages – Red Barn, 7145 Wedderburn- Becks Road, Ranfurly When: 10am- 4pM Thursday 28th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ….. Read more

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