Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Canterbury rebuild boosted by water investment

Canterbury rebuild boosted by Central Plains Water investment

Canterbury’s rebuild will be fast-tracked with today’s announcement by Crown Irrigation Investments (Ltd (Crown Irrigation) that its first investment will go to the region’s largest prospective irrigation scheme Central Plains Water Ltd (CPW), says IrrigationNZ.

Crown Irrigation will make a $6.5million investment in CPW for a period of five years providing the scheme’s backers with much needed financial certainty, says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

“Cantabrians will see a faster rebuild now because agriculture - more than any other New Zealand industry – has the potential to pay for the infrastructure Christchurch and the wider region still desperately needs. At the same time, the CPW irrigation scheme has the potential to create hundreds of new down-stream jobs and businesses. On the back of this announcement the prospects for the region look much brighter,” says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

Mr Curtis was commenting from Napier where IrrigationNZ had just held its biennial conference and expo with more than 350 industry representatives, farmers and irrigation scheme managers meeting to discuss the future of irrigation in New Zealand.

“We’re excited and heartened by this news as CPW, like many other prospective irrigation schemes, has been in development for some years and its farmer-backers and the Selwyn community will be relieved to finally see the scheme proceed,” says Mr Curtis.

Claims that CPW would be environmentally detrimental were not based in science, says Mr Curtis.

“Central Plains Water will restore stream flows which will improve the health of aquatic eco-systems and also relieve pressure on underground aquifers by irrigating from surface water in stage 1 rather than deep groundwater. Irrigators will also have to sign up for farm management plans which will carefully monitor environmental effects. The scheme’s approach aligns with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy’s goal of moving towards more sustainable and reliable irrigation water and is underpinned by variation 1 to the regional land and water plan so it also reflects how the community wants water to be managed,” says Mr Curtis.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Last Sitting Day Of Parliament: Slave Ships Bill To Pass

The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business.

The bill requires all foreign owned fishing vessels to fly under a New Zealand flag from May 2016 and obey all New Zealand laws. This includes labour laws...

Last night Opposition MPs accused the Maori Party of blocking the passage of this bill into law in this Parliament, no members of the Maori Party were in the House to answer the accusations though they denied this in a press release. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Plan To Protect Our Maui’s Dolphins

1. Protect Maui’s from being killed in the sanctuary set up to protect them... 2. Extend fishing protections to the entire Maui’s range... 3. Help protect the livelihoods of affected fishers by supporting them to adopt dolphin-safe fishing methods. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news