Recent news stories about the Dam project.

May 30, 2023

March 2023 Quarterly Report

The Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 March 2023 is now online. It includes information and updates about health, safety and wellbeing, construction progress, operational readiness, and the environmental and biodiversity programme. It also provides an outline… Read More

May 29, 2023

Waimea Community Dam reservoir ready to fill up

The Waimea Community Dam achieved an important milestone at 4pm last Friday (26 May) when the reservoir was closed, ready for filling. The Waimea Community Dam, a public private partnership between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators,… Read More

March 2, 2023

December 2022 – Mid-Year Report

The Mid-Year Report for the period ending 31 December 2023 is now online. It includes information and updates about health, safety and wellbeing, project design, construction progress, the programme of works, and the environmental and biodiversity programme. It… Read More

February 8, 2023

February 2023 Newsletter

This year will be significant for the Waimea Community Dam, as we look to close the dam and start filling the reservoir from autumn. Commissioning is planned for spring, so the dam can start providing much-needed water security… Read More

November 25, 2022

September 2022 Quarterly Report

The Quarterly Report for the period ending 30 September 2022 is now online. It includes information and updates about health, safety and wellbeing, project design, construction progress, the programme of works, and the environmental and biodiversity programme. It… Read More

November 25, 2022

2022 Annual Report

The Waimea Water Ltd Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2022 has been published. It provides an overview of the project and a summary of progress achieved in the financial year, covering the areas of health,… Read More

June 26, 2022

Join the virtual video tour

The Waimea Community Dam is located far up the Lee Valley. Its location, and the fact it is a worksite, means we are unable to host the public at the site. So, to show you around, our team… Read More

May 27, 2022

March 2022 Quarterly Report

The Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 March 2022 is now online. It includes information and updates about health, safety and wellbeing, project design, construction progress and the programme of works, community engagement, and costs and risks…. Read More

March 29, 2022

April 2022 dam update

The Waimea Community Dam is now more than 70% complete, and as long as COVID-19 and the weather isn’t too disruptive, construction will be finished in a few months and the reservoir will be ready for filling in… Read More

March 24, 2022

Latest construction video

Click here to watch this video to see timelapse video of construction as it happened, and CAD animation of its completion and the filling of the reservoir.

February 24, 2022

Waimea Community Dam cost revised due to encountered geology and inflation

The encountered geology, high inflation, and global supply chain issues have resulted in a reforecast of the cost to build the Waimea Community Dam. Waimea Water Limited (WWL) will report in its mid-year report for the 2022 financial… Read More

September 2, 2021

September 2021 Newsletter

On 23 August, construction of the Waimea Community Dam was allowed to resume under COVID-19 alert Level 4, in a controlled and gradual manner and, of course, in strict accordance with Level 4 operational protocols. The Ministry of… Read More

August 22, 2021

Waimea Community Dam to resume construction in Level 4

Waimea Water Ltd CEO Mike Scott said MBIE has authorised the construction of the Waimea Community Dam to resume during Level 4. Scott said works at the site would re-commence on Monday 23rd August. MBIE has approved the… Read More

February 25, 2021

Encountered geological challenges and COVID-19 lead to dam cost increase

25 February, 2021 WWL CEO Mike Scott informed Shareholders on Monday and Councillors on Thursday in the company’s six-month update, that significant progress had been made in the construction of the Waimea Dam, with it now being approximately… Read More

January 27, 2021

Waimea Water Ltd is working to recover time on the dam construction schedule

Waimea Water Ltd CEO Mike Scott says the company is working closely with the dam contractor on how the contractor might gain back time on the construction schedule, so that the dam can be built as swiftly and… Read More

December 15, 2020

TDC Council Meeting and Public Info Session. 3 December

TDC Council Meeting 3 December2020

September 24, 2020

TDC Council Meeting Presentation 10 September 2020

TDC Council Meeting 10 September 2020

September 16, 2020

September Newsletter

The months since our last newsletter have been busy and successful for the project, despite facing challenges. We are pleased to report that the Waimea Community Dam is now close to 40 per cent complete. Read the latest… Read More

August 14, 2020

Waimea Community Dam Culvert Blessing Marks Significant Milestone

Today, the Waimea Community Dam Diversion Culvert was blessed by Ngāti Koata, marking a significant milestone in the construction of the region’s dam. The ceremony, scaled down due to this week’s COVID-19 levels, was attended by the Waimea… Read More

July 15, 2020

Experienced director Margaret Devlin joins Waimea Water Ltd Board

The Tasman District Council has appointed Institute of Directors’ Chartered Fellow Margaret Devlin to the Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) Board. Devlin’s appointment comes after Karen Jordan stepped down from the Board in February, with Board Member David Wright… Read More

July 1, 2020

2020/21 Statement of Intent Released

Waimea Water Limited publishes updated 2020/21 Statement of Intent Waimea Water Limited (WWL) has published its updated Statement of Intent (SOI) for the new financial year starting today. The purpose of the SOI is to provide the scope,… Read More

April 24, 2020

Waimea Dam construction to recommence 28 April

Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) says the company and its contractors and consultants are all looking forward to recommencing construction on the 28th of April when the country enters its Alert Level 3 Covid-19 response. WWL CEO Mike Scott… Read More

April 9, 2020

April Newsletter

Kia ora koutou shareholders, stakeholders, supporters and those interested in the Waimea Community Dam. After good progress in 2019, the start of 2020 has proved challenging. We first encountered issues with mined rockfill in January 2020, and then… Read More

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Work stops on site of Waimea dam project

Construction of the Nelson’s Waimea dam has come to a halt as the nation went into lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. “We are suspending work,” said Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott. “It’s clearly going to… Read More

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update No 1: 25 March 2020

Effective this evening and in accordance with central Government’s directive to shut down all non-essential business and work, WWL will suspend work on the Waimea Community Dam until we have confirmation from the Ministry of Business Innovation &… Read More

February 21, 2020

Revised construction cost and timeframe for Waimea Dam announced

Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) says the forecast cost and timeframe for the build of the Waimea Community Dam have been revised after encountering unforeseen geological conditions. The projected new cost is $129.4 million and there is now a… Read More

February 15, 2020

Rock issues cause ‘speed bump’ for Waimea dam

Rock may be imported for part of the embankment of the Waimea Community Dam, which is under construction in the Lee Valley, near Nelson. Under the original plan, excavated rock from the build site was to be used… Read More

October 3, 2019

First 120t Mantis tele in NZ – CRANES TODAY

Tadano has delivered the first GTC-1200 into New Zealand to Fulton Hogan, a civil construction company servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific since 1933. The 120t telescopic crawler will be placed on a Fulton Hogan/Taylors Joint… Read More

September 25, 2019

To rock or not? – WAIMEA WEEKLY

The Waimea Community Dam is being built, and last week Waimea Weekly published mayoral candidate Maxwell Clark’s argument about it. ‘Two drilling companies have been drilling on separate occasions for six weeks each. They have been unable to… Read More

September 13, 2019

Waimea dam build on track, rock found at site – NELSON MAIL

Bedrock has been found at the site of Waimea dam build in the Lee Valley, about 36km south-east of Nelson. Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said the geology at the site was as expected, even better… Read More

September 12, 2019

Waimea dam project divides Tasman mayoral and Richmond Ward candidates – NELSON MAIL

The Waimea dam project caused a division on Wednesday evening at a meet-the-candidates gathering for Tasman district mayoral and Richmond Ward hopefuls. More than 100 people filled Richmond Town Hall to listen to the four mayoral candidates –… Read More

September 4, 2019

Council quick to hush alarm over potential multi-million dollar liability to Tasman ratepayers – 1 NEWS

The Waimea Community Dam project in Tasman has yet again become the subject of controversy, with questions raised over its risk to ratepayers in the future. Work to build the 53-metre-high concrete-face rock filled dam is underway, with Waimea… Read More

September 4, 2019

Potential ratepayer liabilities of $100m revealed for Waimea dam project – NELSON MAIL

Tasman district ratepayers face potential liabilities of about $100 million for the Waimea dam project – on top of $29m in credit support already disclosed. Information released under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) reveals… Read More

August 27, 2019

Waimea dam project legacy spills over into 2019 Tasman District Council elections – NELSON MAIL

The controversial Waimea dam project was a hot topic of the 2016 Tasman District Council elections and it seems little has changed in 2019. A query on the $104.4 million dam, now under construction in the Lee Valley, was the first… Read More

August 14, 2019

Digging starts for Waimea Community Dam – WAIMEA WEEKLY

Building a more secure water future for Tasman is the goal of all those gathered at the Waimea Community Dam Lee Valley site, for the project’s ground-breaking ceremony, on Friday last. “Today is a very important milestone because… Read More

August 14, 2019

Ground-breaking milestone for Waimea Community Dam project – NELSON MAIL

There was excitement in spades for backers of the Waimea Community Dam with Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony signalling the start of excavation on the controversial $104.4 million project. It will take twice as long as initially expected and cost four times as much to construct,… Read More

July 17, 2019

Excavation work poised to start for Waimea Dam project – NELSON MAIL

Excavation work is set to begin in August on the multimillion-dollar Waimea dam project in the Lee Valley, about 36km south-east of Nelson. The geology at the site has been identified as one of the major risks for… Read More

June 24, 2019

Waimea dam project well on the road – NELSON MAIL

Published Friday 21 June Work on the massive Waimea dam project is progressing well with the access road half-completed, says the company building it. Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott on Thursday presented Tasman District Council with a six-month… Read More

June 14, 2019

Waimea Water pumped and ready for more action – WAIMEA WEEKLY

Published Wednesday 5 June 2019 With construction of the $104 million Waimea Community Dam in the Lee Valley now well underway, Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) now has their full complement of key staff in place with a specialist… Read More

May 9, 2019

Waimea water brings exec home – FARMERS WEEKLY NZ

Published Thursday 9 May 2019 Australia’s vast and remote northwestern gas reserves are removed in many ways from a provincial New Zealand dam project but Waimea Water’s new chief executive Mike Scott maintains the same principles of good… Read More

May 9, 2019

Waimea Water boss pumped to be part of ‘legacy’ dam project – NELSON MAIL

Published Thursday 9 May 2019 The multimillion-dollar Waimea dam project is set up for success, according to the boss of the company that will manage its construction, operation and maintenance. Mike Scott took up the role as Waimea… Read More

February 27, 2019

Waimea Water selects CEO

A chief executive officer and two board directors have been appointed by Waimea Water Limited (WWL), the council-controlled organisation responsible for building and operating the Waimea Community Dam. Mike Scott will start as Chief Executive Officer with WWL… Read More

June 28, 2018

TDC says yes to water for 100 years

28 June 2018 Richmond, Mapua, Brightwater, and Wakefield residents and businesses will have access to water year-round with the Tasman District Council’s continued commitment today to fund the construction of the Waimea Community Dam. Securing a supply of… Read More

August 31, 2017

Government irrigation announcement benefits dam

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 Today’s announcement on Crown Irrigation providing concessionary loans to councils who factor environmental improvements into their irrigation schemes is welcome news for the Waimea Community Dam scheme, says Waimea Water’s John Hutton. Minister for… Read More

August 8, 2017

Funding for dam means a healthier Waimea River

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 The Government’s $7 million investment in the Waimea Community Dam Project through a Freshwater Investment Fund grant is testament to the significant role the Dam will have in improving the health of the Waimea… Read More

August 1, 2017

Updated economic report shows potential dam benefits at $923M

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 A July 2017 updated economic impact assessment shows the economic benefit of the Waimea Community Dam to the Nelson Tasman region could be as high as $923 million over the next 25 years at… Read More

July 28, 2017

Waimea Community Dam Decided as Best Solution

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 Yesterday’s Tasman District Council decision to re-confirm the Waimea Community Dam as the only viable solution to water security issues is welcome news for urban residents, farmers on the Waimea Plains, and regional businesses… Read More