Irrigation New Zealand

SMART Irrigation is a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate Good Management Practice.

SMART Irrigation allows irrigators to maintain financial viability whilst meet community expectations around sustainable water management.

Requirements of SMART Irrigation

  1. The irrigation system is efficient
  2. Irrigation is scheduled
  3. Operators are trained
  4. Auditable records are kept

 

The Irrigation System IS Efficient

Irrigation is scheduled

  • When scheduling irrigation, any water use must be compliant with your consent conditions – these are a legal requirement.
  • There are a number of ways to schedule your irrigation, these include;

Operators are trained

Training is key for everyone involved in irrigation and must include health and safety considerations.

INZ runs practical irrigation manager and irrigation development training that provide a great way for irrigators to upskill and be safe.

INZ has developed a number of resources for irrigators including guides, templates and checklists, these are available free to all INZ members, or provided free as part of the training.

 

Auditable records are kept

Records are key to SMART Irrigation. Without evidence accountability is compromised.
Records also provide a useful tool for analysis of performance and continual improvement.

The following ‘guide to water management during the irrigation season’ provides some simple tips for you to manage your irrigation efficiently.

NEWS

June 2017 E-newsletter

9th June 2017

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

May 2017 E-newsletter

26th May 2017

Have a read at the e-newsletter that we’ve just sent out: click here.

IrrigationNZ welcomes new government funding for irrigation

18th May 2017

Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast….. Read more

‘Our fresh water 2017’ highlights the need for collective action

27th April 2017

The release of ‘Our fresh water 2017’ is a call to action for all New Zealanders, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. The report measures fresh water quality, quantity and flows, biodiversity and cultural health. “This report highlights the impact we….. Read more

Testing Irrigation Efficiency – what’s really going on on-farm

12th April 2017

IrrigationNZ has spent the summer gathering data on farms around Canterbury to get a better, more accurate understanding of irrigation efficiency. The results, say INZ Project Manager, Steve Breneger, will provide a benchmark for progress. “We’ve been on-farm for the….. Read more

EVENTS

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

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation