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

Why tax irrigation to improve rivers if irrigated regions already have more swimmable rivers?

16th August 2017

IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more….. Read more

‘Let’s Answer This’ – Questions mounting as New Zealanders demand answers on water tax

15th August 2017

‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum –  while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday 11th August by non….. Read more

“Labour – Let’s Answer This” – New Zealander’s deserve answers on water tax

11th August 2017

In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work. “The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement….. Read more

Water conservation order threatens 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay and iconic Kiwi produce and wine

3rd August 2017

New Zealanders’ access to affordable local apples and stonefruit, along with around 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay, are under threat from a proposal to impose a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River, says Irrigation New Zealand. The proposed water….. Read more

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

EVENTS

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 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 Accreditation

Smart Irrigation