Irrigation

Share sale last chance

[19 July / Rural life] A share offer for the last 14% of the North Otago Irrigation Company now represent the last chance for farmers in the area to secure water rights. Chief executive Andrew Rodwell says that the sale of the last remaining shares would raise equity, reduce debt and fully utilise the scheme...

New water share offer opens for Waimea dam investment

(12 July/Stuff) 2,375 water shares are for sale at $6,325 each in the Waimea dam joint-venture partner Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL). WIL chairman Murray King reported the purpose of the offering was to allow Century Water Ltd to convert its 2000 convertible notes and sell the shares to repay its investors. King says that the...

The case for water-cleaning technology at Taipā

(9 July/The Country) Clean Waters to the Sea (CWS) Charitable Trust chairman Wayne Parsonson, has reported it is time to get serious about clean water. Parsonson recently made a case to the Northland Regional Councils independent commissioners saying that an electro-coagulation unit is needed to reduce pollution of the sea from the wastewater plant at...

Clean-up after raw sewage pours into Lake Taupō to take weeks – residents asked not to flush

[2 July/The Country] It will take weeks to clean up a huge discharge of raw sewage that on Tuesday poured into Lake Taupō after a wastewater pipe broke on the lakefront. The main burst just after 2pm and about an hour later the footpath collapsed and took out a wastewater pipe, causing an unknown quantity...

Potential contamination of groundwater angers rural Featherston residents

[25 June/Stuff NZ] A bore supplying water to Featherston homestead Longwood may soon be contaminated due to a proposed water scheme, where the South Wairarapa District Council plans to discharge treated wastewater. Owner, Garrick Emms is battling the proposed scheme along with other residents after the council wrote to the homestead as well as 25...

Government launches investigation into 100-year-old Central Otago water rights problem

[15 May/Stuff NZ] The Government has launched an investigation into how the Otago Regional Council is dealing with the issue of 100-year old Central Otago water rights. Minister for the Environment David Parker wants to know if the council has an appropriate planning framework and resources to be able to consider all applications for new...

Work to modernise North Otago irrigation scheme on track

[07 May/The Country] A $45 million dollar project to upgrade the Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company’s scheme is set to be finished early next year. The Waitaki District Council approved a loan of $3 million towards the scheme last year, praising the environmental benefits of the modernisation. The upgrade includes replacing about 44km of existing ageing open...

Sound study makes water music

[03 May/Farmers Weekly] AgResearch senior scientist Dr Val Snow and Auckland University acoustics physicist Professor Stuart Bradley have found that directing sound signals at soil could ultimately help improve its health, reduce nutrient losses and save farmers money. They have been researching how sound waves can be used to determine optimal irrigation levels with the...

Waimea Irrigators Ltd issues replacement prospectus for dam project

[16 October/Stuff] Waimea Irrigators Limited issued a replacement prospectus for the Waimea dam project. It was missing a much talked about mystery investor. The replacement product disclosure statement outlined a new investor vehicle that would be made of a group of local family businesses in the Waimea Plains. They remained unnamed, however were on the...

Irrigation NZ head Andrew Curtis resigns to start up consultancy

[10 October/Stuff] Irrigation New Zealand Chief Executive, Andrew Curtis, resigned after 10 years in the job. He would start up his own consultancy. He said the Government’s change of direction over irrigation had no bearing on the decision. There was uncertainty around almost a dozen large scale projects, as subsidiaries were withdrawn and farmers unwilling...

Alexandra hosting IrrigationNZ’s national conference

[30 October/Otago Daily Times] Registrations have opened up for IrrigationNZ’s national conference which is to be held in Alexandra next April. The conference is held every two years and usually features a variety of local and international speakers. Irrigation NZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis said that the recent spotlight on irrigation and water issues in...

Stormwater systems vulnerable to effects of climate change

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] A report commissioned by the NIWA-led Deep South National Science Challenge has said New Zealand’s storm-water and wastewater systems are not prepared for climate change. It referred to the flooding incident at Edgecumbe last April, where raw sewage was left floating through the streets as an example of the challenges. Six...

Lake’s level at Hawea Flat ‘one factor’ for aquifers

[3 October/ NZ Herald] Upper Clutha Farm Group issued a press release raising concerns about the level of Lake Hawea and its impact on the groundwater level in Hawea Flat. The press release said that some residential water bores in the area were historically low and were close to drying out. The press release added...