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

 


Luxton Encourages Take-Up Of Government Irrigation

Speaking to Otago farmers in drought affected areas today, Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton encouraged them to take up the Government's offer of funding to improve management of scarce water resources.

The Contestable Water Studies Fund was established to enable water feasibility studies to occur in drought prone areas. AGMARDT and Government have set up the Fund with a $2 million contribution, in partnership with a one-third contribution from community groups.

"Applications are encouraged from community groups consisting of farmers, service agencies, agribusinesses, district and regional councils in Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Northern Southland. The main requirement is community backing to promote the better use or development of water resources in the area."

"Applications do not need to be on a grand scale but they do need to show how the information obtained will be made available to the community and how the proposal will be adopted if successful."

Of the 17 applications received so far, two have already been approved and 15 others have been initiated to submit more information. Inquiries have been received from the Hawkdun area of Central Otago, East Otago, North and South Canterbury. The high quality of the two proposals approved, reflects the value of a good consultation process, extensive farmer and community input.

Mr Luxton said he appreciated the drought, accentuated by declining commodity prices, had brought financial difficulty and stress and he hoped communities would be able to overcome those hurdles and make the most of the scheme.

"I encourage those in affected areas to take up the Government's funding offer to mitigate the impacts of drought through careful use of our land and water resources," Mr Luxton said.

Guidelines for making an application to the Fund are available on the website www.agmardt.org.nz, or by contacting Susan Christie, AGMARDT, PO Box 399, Shortland Street, Auckland.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news