Modern, Controlled, Sustainable Irrigation
The Hurunui Water Project - working to provide a reliable water supply to its farming communities in order to future-proof them against drought.
The Hurunui Water Project irrigation scheme is designed as an on-plains storage, pipe-distributed network that will deliver water to service shareholder farmers throughout its Hurunui and Waipara catchment Command Area. Main features include a large on-plains storage pond on the northside of the Hurunui River, use of an existing Hurunui River intake and a mainly pipe distribution network.
The project will only take water when the Hurunui River is flowing high – won’t affect low-flow periods;
No in-river dams or habitat flooding – proposal uses on-plains storage on previously cleared land;
Piped distribution network – will reduce water losses, lessen land impact, reduce pumping costs;
HWP will promote efficient and sustainable water management scheme-wide and on-farm, with strong environmental and nutrient management controls.
Irrigation New Zealand concluded their 3-day Annual Conference in Alexandra, Central Otago yesterday.
In the spirit of the media - a couple of quotes.
Mayor Tim Cadogan said the agricultural sector was uniquely positioned to change the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders about its practice. Adding that "For many New Zealanders that link between irrigation and the degradation of waterways is incontrovertible - they are wrong but it's incontrovertible"
"There is a very sad disconnect between town and country in New Zealand, if not the world."
Doctor Stuart Styles, of the California Polytechnic State University, said New Zealand's irrigators were leading the way globally, both technologically and environmentally.
For commentary on Hurunui Water Project and the Government's announced winding down of irrigation funding and the Hurunui District Councils proposal to invest in HWP shares
Go To 'Press Releases and Media Commentary' in the News & Info tab above.
Rural Recharge 21 - 22 April
Carrfields Open Day - 1 May.
Hurunui Water Project (HWP) now has an exciting new platform enabling potential buyers and sellers of HWP Ordinary shares to contact one-another.
To Buy or Sell HWP Shares you must first set up either a Shareholder Account (existing Shareholders) or a Share Trader Account (potential new Shareholders).
Shareholders - Go directly to the Company Info page (tab above) and 'Create your own Shareholder Account'
Not an HWP Shareholder?
First, make sure your cursor is in this box to check 'Learn More' below, to see if you are in the HWP Command Area.
If you do own land in the Command Area and wish to irrigate it with HWP scheme water - now is the time to join the scheme
Go to the 'Company Information' page, select one of the two options and Create your Share Trader Login.
OR go straight to 'Register' via our footer Quick Link below