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Waimea Water

Recent news stories about the Dam project.

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

April 13, 2018

Media Release – Irrigators raise $16.5M, give their green light to the Dam

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 The Waimea Community Dam has even more financial certainty today following the commitment of Waimea Plains landowners to purchase more than 3,000 water shares – raising $16.5 million of equity – in the initial… Read More

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

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

July 24, 2017

New Review Compares Waimea Community Dam with Alternatives

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 “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… Read More

June 28, 2017

Waimea dam plan best long-term solution for region: deputy mayor Tim King

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 “Tasman district deputy mayor Tim King appears rock steady as a river of anti-dam sentiment flows around him. “‘I’ve been involved in this for the entire time, from 2000-01 … and I genuinely believe… Read More

June 28, 2017

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

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 “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… Read More

June 28, 2017

A river runs through Waimea dam debate

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 “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… Read More

June 15, 2017

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

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 “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… Read More

March 30, 2017

Smaller landowners support the dam

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 “Owners of the popular vegetable and fruit stall 185 Hope, Gavin Williams and Angela Penman say their business won’t survive without water from the proposed Waimea Community Dam. “So it’s not surprising that Gavin… Read More

February 18, 2017

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

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 “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… Read More