Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


IrrigationNZ welcomes support for irrigation development

Media Statement

May 09 2011 – for immediate release

IrrigationNZ welcomes support for irrigation development and improved water management

IrrigationNZ welcomes the government’s move to lift investment in irrigation as part of its fresh water policy package announced today, recognising the importance of the future upgrade and development of irrigation in New Zealand.

IrrigationNZ chairman Graeme Sutton said government’s move to provide leadership and a more consistent framework for supporting further development of reliable irrigation was exciting for New Zealand. It’s about providing social and economic resilience to both urban and rural communities.

“Particularly so, given we have seen from the recent earthquake events that the economy of Christchurch is very much driven by its rural heartland, and how important the rural community will be in the city’s successful rebuild,” Sutton said.

IrrigationNZ is fully understanding of the need to balance environmental and social protection with economic development.

It was exciting to see government willing to move off the sideline to help secure New Zealand’s primary sector space in the global market place. Future sustainable development is essential to meet market requirements for production outputs and it will also help combat the potential impacts of climate change predictions.

Sutton acknowledges the private benefit of irrigation but points out there are clear and far greater public benefits from a prosperous New Zealand primary sector driven economy.

The $35 million for the Irrigation Acceleration Fund is significant in support of the development of new water harvesting, storage and distribution networks. A $400 million equity fund for the construction of regional scale schemes to help encourage third party capital investment is also most encouraging.

“This is not just about water for irrigators – this is about multi-purpose water development projects that will grow the economy with tangible benefits for everyone.”

IrrigationNZ is very happy to work with government and communities to ensure that future public investment in irrigation is money well spent with win-win benefits for everyone.

IrrigationNZ is very aware, and agrees, that government investment needs to be linked to economical and environmentally sustainable irrigation upgrade and development.

“A balanced package is about getting the right rules and funding structure to support irrigation development and economic growth while continuing to ensure the protection of the environment.”

Irrigators realise they have a social contract to use water efficiently and effectively.

“And there have been leaps and bounds made in recent years that to date have not been fully recognised – just look at the rapid changes occurring in Mid Canterbury. The future is about constructive collaborative management between stakeholders and IrrigationNZ has embraced this, so it’s time that those who continue to throw stones from within their glasshouses finally move to this new space,” Sutton concluded.

If irrigators are to achieve the expected social community contract they need reliability, IrrigationNZ chief executive Andrew Curtis said.

IrrigationNZ is in full support of setting quantity and quality limits for freshwater management in line with the National Policy Statement (NPS) announcement.

“But government now needs to move quickly to get measures in place to ensure consistency of interpretation around the country and to ensure the limit setting process is through meaningful engagement with communities,” Curtis said.

Irrigation is well positioned to cope with attaining future standards of performance that have already been, or will be, set by the introduction of both quantity and quality limits. Current initiatives already in place are being demonstrated by North Otago and Waitaki irrigation schemes, with others proposed for Canterbury’s Central Plains and Hurunui developments.

Environmental Farm Management Plans are independently audited to ensure environmental on-farm performance with the majority of irrigators committed to sustainable development, recognising the environment they live and work within.

The irrigation industry has much more in the pipeline with designers and installers qualification and accreditation packages, practical system specific operator training packages to help irrigators continuously improve how they irrigate, and standardised evaluation tools in place to enable the easy trouble shooting of potential problems.

The industry prides itself on its increasing world leading innovation that is clearly focused on sustainability, Curtis concluded.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY Law: Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More>>


Media Awards: The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards

The New Zealand Herald has been labelled a “powerhouse news operation” as it claims the two biggest prizes – Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year – along with many individual awards at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards Website of the ... More>>


ASB Bank: ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate

ASB has moved again to support its customers, cutting a number of home loan rates, including the two-year special rate to a new low of 2.69% p.a. Craig Sims, ASB executive general manager Retail Banking says the reduced rate will be welcome news for many ... More>>


Nathan Hoturoa Gray: The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More>>


RNZ: Fletcher Building To Lay Off 1000 Staff In New Zealand

The construction company will cut around 10 percent of its workforce as it struggles with the fallout from Covid-19. More>>


Can Pay, Won't Pay: Cashflow Moves Urged

Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home

For understandable reasons, the media messaging around Level Two has been all about “freedom” and “celebration”, but this is not necessarily going to be a universal experience. When it comes to workplace relations, Level Two is just as likely to ... More>>


Telecoms: Spark Welcomes Spectrum Allocation And Prepares For 5G Rollout Over The Next 12 Months

Spark welcomes spectrum allocation and prepares for 5G rollout over the next 12 months Spark today welcomed the announcement of the direct allocation process of 5G spectrum, with the Company to be offered management rights to 60 MHz of 3.5 GHz ... More>>


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>


Media Blues: Stuff Chief Executive Buys Company For $1

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1.
The chief executive was returning the company to New Zealand ownership, with the sale is expected to be completed by 31 May.
"Our plan is to transition the ownership of Stuff to give staff a direct stake in the business as shareholders," Boucher said in a statement.... More>>


RNZ: Bar Reopening Night 'much, Much Quieter'

Pubs and bars are reporting a sluggish first day back after the lockdown, with the fear of going out, or perhaps the joy of staying home, thought to be a reason for the low numbers. More>>


Stats NZ: New Zealand’s Population Passes 5 Million

New Zealand's resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today. More>>

NIWA: Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More>>


Government: Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses. More>>


University Of Canterbury: Astronomers Discover The Science Behind Star Bursts That Light Up The Sky

University of Canterbury (UC) astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times making it look like a new star. For ... More>>

Air NZ: Air New Zealand Adds Business-timed Flights For Regions

Air New Zealand will operate business-timed flights in and out of a number of regional ports from next month.
The flights will allow customers in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill to undertake a day of business in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch... More>>