Irrigation plan for Hurunui


The Hurunui Community Water Development Project is investigating using Lake Sumner and the South branch of the Hurunui River to store water for irrigation. The scheme seeks to manage water levels in Lake Sumner and harvest ‘excess’ water from the Hurunui. Members of the working group include MainPower, Hurunui Irrigation and Power Trust, Enterprise North Canterbury, MainPower, Ngai Tahu Properties and Eskhead Station. The group has received substantial funds from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sustainable Farming Fund. The Trust was a proponent of a dam on the Hurunui mainstem that would have backed water up to Maori Gully by flooding the Hawarden Gap section. The group is seeking feedback from interested parties by 30 May 2006. Please contact the Project Manager David Viles on phone (03) 310 6937 or (027) 445 0272 or [email protected]. The Hurunui is a significant recreational resource so the NZRCA has registered its interest.