Waimea Water

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

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

January 17, 2018

Dammed If We Don’t

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 argues in favour of… Read More

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

July 24, 2017

New Review Compares Waimea Community Dam with Alternatives

“A review of all the reasonable alternatives to a dam in the Lee Valley for solving the Nelson Tasman region’s summer water shortages shows the Waimea Community Dam is the cheapest and most viable solution. “The Waimea River… Read More

June 28, 2017

Failure to build Waimea Dam would put 75 jobs ‘in jeopardy’

“Waimea Nurseries is likely to shift its operations from Nelson to the North Island if the proposed Waimea dam doesn’t get the nod, according to one of its directors. “Bruno Simpson, who’s also development manager for the Waimea… Read More

June 28, 2017

A river runs through Waimea dam debate

“Nelson-Marlborough Fish & Game manager Rhys Barrier wants to keep clear of the politics surrounding the proposed Waimea dam. “His sights are fixed on a minimum flow for the Waimea River so its “life force and ecological function”… Read More

June 15, 2017

Dam Negotiations Will Continue to Secure Urban Water Supply, Council Confirms

“The Tasman District Council has confirmed negotiations to secure the region’s water supply for the next 100 years are too important to be abandoned, agreeing to continue negotiations between the Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd. “Tasman Mayor Richard… Read More

February 18, 2017

What happens if the Waimea Community Dam isn’t built?

“Tasman District Council can not drag its feet in exploring possible alternative urban water sources if the proposed Waimea Community Dam does not go ahead because it has to meet Richmond’s growing demand for water. “The council’s engineering… Read More