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

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

August 8, 2017

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 “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… Read More

August 8, 2017

Waimea Water Augmentation Project Receives a Significant Boost

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 “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… Read More

August 8, 2017

Waimea Augmentation Scheme gains $7 Million of Government Environmental Support

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 “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… Read More