Irrigation NZ
Irrigation NZ – Facts & Fallacies
We were privileged to hear an informative presentation from Elizabeth Soal, the Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand, a not for profit organisation established in 2004 that looks after the interests of over 3,500 irrigating farmers, growers and industry professionals throughout NZ.
INZ has been established to:
·       Facilitate the adoption of best practice in irrigation and water management.
·       Develop a world-class resource base of knowledge, information and statistics on irrigation in NZ.
·       Provide effective communication & networks of the organisations & interests involved in irrigation & water management.
·       Promote the story of irrigation in NZ.
“We aim to influence national and local players and train people in good irrigation practice to maximise returns and conserve the environment” explained Elizabeth.
“The organisation currently runs four research projects including fish management plus the development of an online e-platform to train rural people plus an application that reduces nitrates and shares information on how water is used to supply the food we eat” added Elizabeth.
Irrigation in NZ is not a recent phenomenon.  It has been around since the gold mining rights days.  Richard Seddon was a strong early strong supporter and there were lots of calls at the turn of the century for the Government to become actively involved to avoid the disastrous effects of droughts.
The Government also invested heavily in irrigation in the 1930s via the Ministry of Works.
Elizabeth next shared some interesting statistics including:
·       The annual rainfall in NZ is 550 cubic kms which is 25x the global average.
·       40 ckm of this is ice with another 110 ckm of this returning to the atmosphere.
·       Only 2% of the total rainfall is used by us of which 51% goes into irrigation, 14% is used domestically and 13 % is used by industry.
·       In comparison to the world which irrigates mostly by spray, 86% of NZ irrigation is via surface water.
·       Canterbury uses 80% of our NZ wide irrigation of which 47% is for dairy, 23% for sheep, 17% for beef and 5% for vegetables.
She noted that the Government is currently consulting on fresh water reforms based around what leads via regional and district plans into the granting of resource consents which inform farmers what they can and can’t do.
It includes ensuring that no further irrigation developments will be allowed unless it can be proved that they will not increase nitrates going back into the land. 
“”As we face uncertainty, water storage in becoming increasingly important” added Elizabeth.
With respect to seeing visible improvements, Elizabeth suggested this will take time as leeching has been occurring for some time.  The challenge is that if we reduce this then many farmers would need to consider returning to dry sheep farming which may not be viable.
So how will this change things?  Elizabeth noted that International good practice suggests a national guidance framework to help ensure local approaches are appropriate.  Councils will be increasing monitoring to ensure safe practice that protects our water which for Canterbury includes reducing or eliminating the possibility of our groundwater becoming contaminated.
Doug thanked Elizabeth for her informative history on irrigation in NZ and an update of planned changes as we work towards ensuring a sustainable future in this important area.
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Jim Hudson reminded us of the six broad areas established in 2013 that the Foundation address which are summarised on their International website as follows:
  • Preventing disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Saving mothers & children
  • Promoting peace 
Jim noted that the Foundation provides a raft of opportunities that we can address via both global and district grants.  In 2018 this amounted to 86,677,399 in funding worldwide to 1,306 grants. (Source: Rotary Foundation International website).
Jim will be going into more depth on the Foundation in a future session.
Int Conference
International Conference “Roving Reporter “
Gary attended the conference last weekend as a volunteer and sent these pictures through.
The 1st one is with our International Rotary President Mark Maloney from Alabama who had heard about Papanui Rotary as he has just seen the video Gary created for the University Leaders.   He was interested to discuss this with the producer and coincidentally met Gary right after.
The others are at reception plus a general shot from upstairs.
More coming soon …
Thursday Attendees at Papanui High
We were delighted to support Papanui High School via our presence over three afternoons as hospitality students took part in an NCEA assessment for the provision of  “afternoon tea”.
Thursday was a busy day for some of us who were also involved earlier that day in judging and timekeeping for the Rotary Speech Competition preliminaries held at Heaton Intermediate followed by a lovely lunch.
Not much was eaten by us for dinner at our Thursday Rotary meeting that evening!
Rotary Speech Competition Finals 2018
Please note that the finals for this year’s competition are this Thursday 26 September at 7pm at the Performing Arts Centre at Heaton Intermediate.
We will meet as usual at the Papanui Club and those who are able to attend can then head to Heaton afterwards.
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Junior Speech Contest Finals
Heaton Intermediate School
Sep 26, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Arthritis NZ Street Appeal
Northlands Mall
Sep 27, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Age Concern Expo parking
Papanui High School
Sep 30, 2019
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
New Member Talk by Barbara Davey
The Papanui
Oct 03, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Coffee Morning at Reality Bites Cafe (10am)
Reality Bites Cafe
Oct 04, 2019 10:00 AM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 26th September 2019
Geerlofs, Arie
Meeting Setup & Tidy Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Duty Roster 3 October 2019
Allen, John
Speakers Host
Costello, Cath
Vote of Thanks
McNee, Ken
Visitors Host
Hudson, Jim
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 10th October 2019
Forsyth, Simon
Speakers Host
Archbold, Doug
Vote of Thanks
Colley, Cheryl
Visitors Host
Hilson, Euan
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Set Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
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