Recent news stories about the Dam project.

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

July 18, 2018

TDC: Final price – a setback and a challenge

Thursday 19 July 2018 The process to reach a final price has been concluded for the construction of the Waimea water augmentation dam. The 2015 budget estimate for the Dam construction was $49,800,000 and the Early Contractor Involvement agreed… Read More

July 5, 2018

Early dam pricing indications pose challenges

5 July 2018 The project office is in the final stages of the pricing process for the proposed Waimea Community Dam and early indications are there will be significant challenges to remain within the estimated cost, Tasman Mayor… Read More

July 4, 2018

Council pursues Local Bill for dam land

4 July 2018 The Tasman District Council has today announced it will lodge a Local Bill with Parliament to secure access to Department of Conservation land needed for the Waimea Community Dam. The bill seeks to gain an… Read More

May 26, 2018

Local Bill plan good for dam

25 May 2018 From Hon Dr Nick Smith, Member of Parliament for Nelson Nelson MP Nick Smith has commended the Tasman District Council for considering a local bill to resolve the issue of access to DOC land for… Read More

May 25, 2018

Council investigates Local Bill for dam land

24 May 2018 The Tasman District Council will consider promoting a Local Bill in Parliament to gain access to Crown land needed for the reservoir that will be formed by the Waimea Community Dam. The 9.6 hectares is… Read More

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