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Waimea Water

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

November 14, 2017

Water Scientist Hits Back at Claims Around Waimea Dam Plan

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 the river were to… Read More

October 25, 2017

Dr Morgan Williams’ “Reflections on Water…”

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 and advisory positions for… Read More

October 4, 2017

Smith Welcomes Partnership Agreement on Waimea Community Dam

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 Waimea Community Dam… Read More

October 4, 2017

Councillors’ ongoing support depends on dam’s final proposal

Golden Bay ward councillors have defended their decision to support Tasman District Council’s increased financial contribution to the Waimea Community Dam project. The resolution to commit additional funding was passed at June’s council meeting, but only by virtue… Read More

October 3, 2017

New environmental focus for irrigation funding

A change to the constitution of Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL) will allow it to fund water storage projects with direct environmental and economic benefits, rather than on the basis of purely economic grounds, Primary Industries Minister Nathan… Read More

September 28, 2017

Council, irrigators, and Crown formally agree to partnership

The partnership between Tasman District Council (TDC) and Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) for the Waimea Community Dam project has taken a further step forward with the co-signing of a letter proposed to them by Crown Irrigation Investment Ltd… Read More

August 13, 2017

No Waimea dam: I’m out, says long-time market gardener Mark O’Connor

“For four generations, Mark O’Connor’s family have been on the Waimea Plains. For the past three, they’ve been growing vegetables. “But the Appleby Fresh managing director says if there’s no Waimea dam, he will consider subdividing some of… Read More

August 8, 2017

Waimea dam plan gets $7m grant as Government splashes $44m on freshwater

“The Government will stump up $7 million for the proposed $82.5m Waimea dam, near Nelson, if the project gets the green light. “Environment Minister and Nelson MP Nick Smith announced the $7m grant on Tuesday as part of… Read More

August 8, 2017

Waimea Water Augmentation Project Receives a Significant Boost

“Today’s announcement from the Government that Tasman District Council has been granted $7 million from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund is great news for the Waimea River, says Waimea Irrigator’s Limited Chairperson Murray King. The… Read More

August 8, 2017

Waimea Augmentation Scheme gains $7 Million of Government Environmental Support

“The Government has recognised the contribution the Waimea Community Dam will make to enhance the ecology of the Waimea River by providing higher water flows, announcing a $7 million grant from its Freshwater Improvement Fund. “The proposed Waimea… Read More