It is with great disappointment that we have decided to officially cancel our 2020 Water for Life Conference.

Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, it is a very unsettling time for all. 

While we may hold a similar event later this year or early next year, due to the current uncertainties in the operating environment we feel the best option is to cancel and start afresh when we can. We thank you for the support you have shown our organisation and hope to see you at another of our events in the future.

Information on how to request a refund will be emailed to all delegates on Monday 6thApril.  Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this process.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

IrrigationNZ applauds $12.7m funding for Northland water – but more urgently needed

IrrigationNZ supports the Government’s decision to inject $12.7m into improving Northland’s water resilience.

“It’s promising to see the Government recognise the need for water infrastructure, as the demand for it is only going to increase in the future,” says Elizabeth Soal, Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand.

“Only yesterday weather experts declared a “severe meteorological” drought in northern Auckland, Great Barrier Island and the Far North as New Zealand experiences its fourth-warmest year on record.

“The dry summers New Zealand now repeatedly experiences are why supporting more resilient water infrastructure is crucial.”

“Water is critical for so many reasons, much more than just irrigation, New Zealanders cannot live without it and it is our most vulnerable regional communities that suffer the most due to increasingly common extreme weather events which put pressure on this essential resource,” Ms Soal says.

“New Zealanders need year-round reliable access to water for multiple outcomes – to satisfy basic community needs as well as cultural, environmental and economic requirements.”

“This means we need further investment guided by a proper nationwide water resilience strategy.”

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Minister of Regional Economic Development Shane Jones made the announcement this morning.

Ms Soal said the financial commitment to Northland was another step in the right direction after Wairarapa Water Ltd received $7 million Provincial Growth Funding (PGF) for their water storage project earlier in January.

“For New Zealand to be truly climate change resilient, we need to think about how we can manage water better for now and for the future, and projects like these support that.”

Minister Peters said up to $12.745m would be provided through the (PGF) of which up to $12m would go towards the Northland Water Storage and Use Project and a further $745,000 for Kai for Kaipara Project- Kaipara

Join us at our April Conference to discuss water use for the future of New Zealand as a whole. You can grab early bird tickets now and save up to $130. This ‘year’s pre-Conference tours have also been announced, you can read more here.