Press releases

23 November 2016, Crown Irrigation Investments will invest up to $3.4m in the Hurunui Water Project... Crown Irrigation is looking forward to working alongside the Hurunui Water Project team to bring this important project to fruition. The capital commitment demonstrates the importance of irrigation infrastructure being successfully delivered for the region.

CIIL to invest 34 M funding in HWP


28 July 2016, At a special shareholder meeting last night the HWP Board received resounding support for their proposal to raise funds for the next stage of the scheme.

Shareholders back funding plan  


1 April 2016,  The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) announced their continued support for HWP by committing funding of $520,000 from its Irrigation Acceleration Fund.....

MPI Support for HWP


9 December 2015, A High Court decision, favourable to the Hurunui Water Project (HWP) was released yesterday....

HWP Chairman, Lindsay Lloyd says "finally this is a great result for HWP...."

Good News for Hurunui Farmers


23 July 2015, The Board of the Hurunui Water Project (HWP) has halted project development on a North Canterbury irrigation scheme while awaiting a final ruling from the Environment Court.

Hurunui Water Project Halts Development 


15 July 2015, The much-needed Hurunui Water Project (HWP) irrigation scheme for the drought-stricken areas of Hurunui in North Canterbury is seeking further financing to get the project to a commercial-ready stage.

Crucial Irrigation Project Seeks External Investment-to-progress


1 July 2015, Irrigation Scheme set to boost North Canterbury regional economy and workforce. The nine resource consents given to HWP to take, store and use water in the Hurunui District are in the final stages of the Environment Court process after two appeals were successfully mediated and placed before the court in February this year.



1 June 2013, HWP's application for financial support was turned down after the council considered that the risk was simply too high and that it would not be prudent to lend to a private business and take on a risk that it could not control.

8 Sept 2012, HWP's resource consent application for the WIHS was notified by Environment Canterbury on the 08/09/12.

23 Feb 2012, HWP will take a 3D model of its WIHS to the upcoming North Canterbury A&P shows. Drop in to look at the model or book a time to have a chat with a HWP staff member about the scheme.



30 Jan 2012, The Waitohi Irrigation Selection Panel has endorsed HWP's scheme over two competing developers. A rigorous independent panel process was initiated by the Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee, Hurunui District Council and Environment Canterbury last August to ensure that whichever scheme is developed for the zone is the best possible solution. 



18 October 2011, Environment Canterbury last night accepted an application from HWP for a scheme based on the Waitohi River. The Waitohi catchment was identified as a suitable area for water storage by the Zone Committee in June this year. HWP plans to pump water from the Hurunui River into a reservoir at Hurricane Gully holding live storage of 210Mm3. Three further small dams are proposed along the Waitohi Gorge providing small scale storage for first stage irrigation and enabling hydro-generation. The scheme will irrigate an expanded area of 58,500ha from Amberley to Culverden and out to the coast along the Hurunui River, while also generating enough power to run the pumping station. Media-Release-Waitohi-application-October-2011


9 May 2011, HWP has withdrawn its appeal of the Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP) citing support for the recently-released Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP). 



11 April 2011, More than 50 new wetlands have been discovered in Hurunui district by Hurunui Biodiversity, a new arm of HWP. Media-Release-Hurunui-Biodiversity-April-2011.doc (52KB)


16 Nov 2010, HWP has announced all 20,000 ordinary partly paid shares have gone to landowners within the proposed irrigable area in Hurunui district. HWP-share-allotmentNov-2010.doc (52KB)


4 Nov 2010, HWP's recent public offering of shares was "over-subscribed and the level of community support shown has been welcomed by the project," says Chairman Mike Hodgen. Media-Release-prospectus-result-Nov-2010.doc (51KB)


4 Oct 2010, HWP has registered a Prospectus for the offer of partly paid ordinary shares with a view to raising more than $4 million to $8million to move HWP closer to resource consent (Offer). Media-Release-prospectus-final.doc (55KB)


21 July 2010, HWP is supporting today's announcement by the Government of a moratorium on consent applications to take water from the Hurunui River, including the project's own resource consent application.  Media-Release-Re-moratorium.pdf (23KB)


15 March 2010, HWP has made the final list for Canterbury V5 (, an initiative to discover five projects of national significance with the potential to generate $100 million of revenue for the Canterbury region within five years, and $1 billion or more in revenue within 20 years. HWP-V5-Media-Release-March-2010.pdf (33KB)


18 January 2010, HWP has withdrawn its application to postpone the Water Conservation Order (WCO) appeal hearings for the Hurunui River scheduled for mid-year.Media-Release-Jan-2010.pdf (41KB)


14 October 2009, HWP has placed its resource consent application for a water take from Lake Sumner and the South Branch of the Hurunui River temporarily on hold. Subject to the final version of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, the Project is prepared to put the process on hold for up to a year to give the strategy a chance to address water storage in Hurunui.  HWP-Media-Release-October-2009.pdf (33KB)


17 August 2009,  A realistic and community-focused decision is the reaction of HWP to Friday's announcement that a Water Conservation Order for the Hurunui River will not include the South Branch, where water storage is proposed, says its Project Manager, Amanda Loeffen.  HWP Media Release August 2009


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