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Waimea Water

Recent news stories and media statements from other parties about the Dam.

May 26, 2018

Local Bill plan good for dam

25 May 2018 From Hon Dr Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Nelson Nelson MP Nick Smith has commended the Tasman District Council for considering a local bill to resolve the issue of access to DOC land for… Read More

May 25, 2018

Council investigates Local Bill for dam land

24 May 2018 The Tasman District Council will consider promoting a Local Bill in Parliament to gain access to Crown land needed for the reservoir that will be formed by the Waimea Community Dam. The 9.6 hectares is… Read More

April 18, 2018

From Energy News: Waimea dam project gains investor, Govt support

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 A dam planned near Nelson is a step closer to accessing Government funding after raising $16.5 million in an initial public offering. The Waimea Community Dam aims to support irrigation and urban water supplies… Read More

April 13, 2018

Media Release – Irrigators raise $16.5M, give their green light to the Dam

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 The Waimea Community Dam has even more financial certainty today following the commitment of Waimea Plains landowners to purchase more than 3,000 water shares – raising $16.5 million of equity – in the initial… Read More

April 5, 2018

Government Honours Existing Irrigation Commitment to Waimea Dam

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 The Government has begun winding down public funding for large-scale irrigation through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), in line with the Coalition Agreement and the Confidence & Supply Agreement. “The decisions announced today are… Read More

February 23, 2018

Media Release – Share offer well received; confusion around coming water take changes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 The effort to inform Waimea Plains landowners about the offer to purchase water shares in Waimea Irrigators Limited (WIL) has started strongly. Ambassadors report positive feedback from potential shareholders and applications for shares have… Read More

January 17, 2018

Dammed If We Don’t

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 Ken Polglase, now retired, farmed on the Waimea Plains for over 40 years. He and his family lived through droughts and rationing year after year and so irrigation was a constant concern. Here Ken… Read More

November 14, 2017

Water Scientist Hits Back at Claims Around Waimea Dam Plan

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 The Waimea River, near Nelson, will be dry most summers if more water is pumped from the aquifers under the plains without augmentation, according to Landcare Research water scientist Andrew Fenemor. If minimum flows in… Read More

October 25, 2017

Dr Morgan Williams’ “Reflections on Water…”

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 Former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for ten years, Dr Morgan Williams is the chair of the Cawthron Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand. He holds several other trustee… Read More

October 4, 2017

Smith Welcomes Partnership Agreement on Waimea Community Dam

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 Nelson MP Nick Smith had welcomed the partnership agreement reached between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd as a significant step forward to progressing the Waimea Community Dam. “This partnership agreement for the… Read More