Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Irrigation Details Announced

2 JULY 1999


Further details of the contestable water studies fund for drought prone areas were today announced by Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton.

The $2 million fund will be a joint partnership between the Government and the Agriculture and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT), which will administer applications to the contestable fund. In addition to funding from the Government and AGMARDT, local government or industry will be required to contribute a third of the total cost of each project.

"The partnership approach is about solving long-term problems together. It's an exciting opportunity which allows communities to explore irrigation options without bearing the total cost themselves. The funding will be available to any drought prone area in New Zealand and allows good ideas to be explored further."

Objectives The specific objectives of the fund are to address barriers to water resource developments and involve communities in:

i) investigations to improve knowledge and provide information on water resources, ii) development of strategies for water supply projects that improve the allocation and reallocation of water resources, and iii) feasibility studies into water resources that lead to better use and allocation.

Grants Grants will be available where they are supported by a minimum one-third local contribution from any appropriate community or industry source, for the following purposes:

i) research to improve knowledge on water resources, water use and efficiencies and plant operator knowledge;

ii) regional strategies for stock and irrigation water supply projects and for water resource investigations in collaboration with regional and district councils and other stakeholders;

iii) feasibility studies by community interest groups into water supply schemes for meeting stock and irrigation water needs in drought affected areas in sufficient detail to give a choice of options and to establish the form of a legal entity to proceed with development;

iv) information transfer for the preparation and dissemination of local generic knowledge so landowners are well informed on water resources and water availability, and on the technical, financial and community processes that are necessary for investment decisions in irrigation and stock supply projects, distribution and application systems.

Applicants to the fund should be made to AGMARDT, PO Box 399 Shortlland St, AUCKLAND. Terms of reference, guidelines and application forms are also available shortly from AGMARDT.

Applications are in two steps - "A Water Studies Inquiry" and if the application then falls within the guidelines the applicant will be invited to complete a "Water Studies Grant Request".

The Government also notes that there are significant long term water allocation and institutional concerns that should be addressed if water resources are to be managed well in an increasingly competitive environment. These are important for sustainable water management and will require longer term approaches.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news