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

December 12, 2018

Bill’s passage clears way for Dam construction

12 December 2018 – Hon Nick Smith MP Nelson The passing of the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill has cleared the way for the construction to begin on the largest dam to be built in… Read More

November 27, 2018

Anonymous anti-dam brochure reckless, says MP

27 November 2018 Nelson MP Nick Smith is concerned at the distress being caused by an anonymous anti-dam brochure delivered to all households in Brightwater that makes false claims of the town being at risk of an eight… Read More

October 15, 2018

WIL locks in $11.5 M toward revised Dam cost

15 October 2018 To secure a 100-year water supply for Tasman and Nelson through the Waimea Community Dam, a group of local businesses has committed to invest $11 million in Waimea Irrigators Limited. Waimea Irrigators Limited (WIL) is… Read More

September 21, 2018

Strong Support for Waimea Dam Local Bill

21 September 2018 The Tasman District Council is heartened by the support shown at the introduction of its Local Bill to gain access to land for the Waimea Community Dam. The bill this week passed its first reading… Read More

September 6, 2018

Revised Waimea Community Dam funding model reduces increased cost to ratepayers

Thursday 6 September 2018 The Waimea Community Dam project will continue, thanks to a revised funding proposal that reduces the cost and risk to ratepayers of proceeding. The Tasman District Council has voted 9-5 to revoke an in-principle… Read More

August 28, 2018

Waimea Community Dam will not proceed

Tuesday 28 August 2018 The Tasman District Council has decided increased costs for the Waimea Community Dam are unaffordable for ratepayers, meaning the project in its current form will not proceed. The Council today decided in principle not… Read More

August 28, 2018

Waimea Irrigators shocked by TDC’s ‘no’ vote for Dam

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 Waimea Irrigators Limited (WIL) is shocked the Waimea Community Dam is not going ahead after Tasman District Council decided today it would no longer continue planning for the Dam. WIL Chair Murray King says… Read More

August 9, 2018

Work on Waimea Community Dam funding continues

9 August 2018 The Tasman District Council will continue to work on options for closing a funding gap of $26 million for the Waimea Community Dam, after receiving an update on the project at its meeting today. Chief… Read More

August 6, 2018

$18 million investment in Waimea Dam critical to avoid Nelson/Tasman losing $1 Billion

Monday 6 August 2018 The government must support the $18 million requested for the Waimea Community Dam from the Provincial Growth Fund to prevent Tasman from losing $1 billion from its economy, says IrrigationNZ. The Tasman District Council… Read More

August 3, 2018

Storage ponds a ‘ludicrous’ alternative to Dam

3 August 2018 Claims about storage ponds being a viable alternative to the Waimea Community Dam are ludicrous, says Waimea Irrigators Limited (WIL) Chair Murray King. “There are many reasons storage ponds won’t solve the region’s water problem,… Read More