Waimea Water

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

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

October 4, 2017

Councillors’ ongoing support depends on dam’s final proposal

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 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,… Read More

October 3, 2017

New environmental focus for irrigation funding

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 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,… Read More

September 28, 2017

Council, irrigators, and Crown formally agree to partnership

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 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… Read More

August 13, 2017

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

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 “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… Read More