The Hurunui Water Project is a farmer-conceived and owned irrigation scheme focussed on providing farming and community resilience against drought to ensure the sustainability and future well-being of the Hurunui District.
It originated over 18 years ago within the farming community centred around Hawarden town-ship in the Hurunui District of North Canterbury.
Who is behind the Hurunui Water Project?
Historically, the Hurunui District has long been subject to frequent and extended droughts that impact harshly on its agricultural productivity, threatening the stability and sustainability of its communities.
In 2002, members of the Hawarden farming community began the long road to finding a water storage solution for their community.
Currently HWP has circa 195 Shareholders, most of which are landowners in the region. Shareholders are supported by a Board of Directors, a small team of staff operating from our central Christchurch office and a Farmer Liaison Committee.
HWP is also supported by the Government entity Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd and by our ECI partner Rooney Group Limited. Learn about our funding partners
Farmer Liaison Committee
The HWP Farmer Liaison Committee (FLC) was established in 2012. FLC members are appointed by the HWP farmer shareholder community as their representatives.
The FLC members are all farmer/shareholders, farming in the Hawarden/Waikari area. They are an important link between HWP farmer shareholders and the Company, providing feedback from the farming community to the Company and helping provide information to the farmer/shareholders as required.
Find out who your FLC representatives are
Irrigation contributes to New Zealand’s economic activity in multiple ways, both directly and indirectly. Although improved on-farm economics can immediately be attributed to the introduction of irrigation, it is widely agreed that there are considerable flow-on socio-economic benefits to the surrounding communities as well.
It can be seen that
· Lifting on-farm agricultural production boosts farm gate returns;
· Boosted farm productivity requires additional ancillary inputs that include agricultural workers, service providers and transport;
· Higher on-farm volumes increase the value of primary processing sectors nation-wide.
Thus community-wide, irrigation impacts positively via higher employment, higher personal and household incomes and increased land values. These impacts boost community confidence and increase household spending on other goods and services procured within local communities.