Company Information

The Hurunui Water Project Limited was incorporated on 16 July 2008 under the Companies Act (1993). It is registered as an unlisted company.

Hurunui Water Project (HWP) is a farmer-shareholder based irrigation company centred around the Hurunui District townships of Hawarden and Waikari. It has circa 195 shareholders holding a total of 23,801 shares. The majority of HWP’s shareholders are land-owners within the HWP Command Area. HWP has the support of landowners across 42,000ha, most of whom have no current access to water for irrigation. Many in the North Canterbury community see the project as a way forward, delivering a significant contribution to the economic wellbeing and sustainability of the entire community.


The Hurunui Irrigation and Power Trust – the pre-cursor to HWP

The Hurunui Irrigation and Power Trust (HIPT) was established in 2002, its objectives included:

  • To co-ordinate a community approach to water resources;
  • The education of the community in relation to water issues;
  • To encourage and support the further development of the region’s water resources for the benefit of the North Canterbury District Community, including recreation…”

The HIPT comprised farmers and landowners in the Hurunui and Waipara catchments who contributed early capital to fund early investigations into water storage for the district. Among these contributors were Ngāi Tahu Forest Estates, MainPower and David Teece,  the owner of Eskhead Station (the location of one of the original water storage sites investigated).

Collectively, the HIPT represents the Hurunui Water Project’s Founding Shareholders. When the Hurunui Water Project Limited was incorporated as a limited company shares were allocated, proportionate to the initial investment, to each of its trustees.

MainPower has an interest in the regional development of the Hurunui District and has been a significant contributor to the HWP in terms of funding, expertise and resources. MainPower offers a breadth of support, as a large community-owned infrastructure organisation. The company owns several small substation sites in the command area, but no land suitable for farming. MainPower holds 4,089 shares.

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Ngāi Tahu Farming manages extensive farming and forestry assets across Te Wai Pounamu, including the 9,000 ha Balmoral Property. While much of Balmoral is a production forest, to date, Ngāi Tahu Farming has converted 1,160 ha of land into irrigated beef finishing with the balance used for dry land grazing.

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