The principal objective of the project is to develop storage reservoirs and water delivery for two schemes within Northland that would enable a shift towards sustainable higher-value horticultural land uses which will lift the wellbeing of local communities, whilst caring for the environment.
The areas identified for development are near Kaikohe in the Mid North and on the northern Pouto peninsula, south of Dargaville. The schemes will provide infrastructure to develop approximately 7000ha of new horticulture, significantly increasing Northland's area in horticultural production.
The project is currently in the Feasibility Phase. During this time the schemes will be developed, including the staging of infrastructure building and cost, as well as all investigations required to successfully obtain the necessary resource consents to proceed. The Feasibility Phase is hoped to be completed by December 2020 once all resource consent applications are lodged.
The Trust has received $68m from the PGF to complete the first stage of the programme. Of this, $8.5m is in the form of a grant, the rest is a loan. The first stage will see working water schemes at two reservoirs in the Mid North and one in Kaipara. The next stage, which will see the schemes in both regions enlarged, would be funded by the successful implementation of stage one.
The reservoirs will fill from surface water that is retained during times of high overland water flow. This is water that would otherwise run off of the catchment area. There will be no water extracted from underground aquifers. A network of pipes will deliver sustainably allocated water throughout the community when required to supplement water availability.
Landowners within reach of the schemes can connect to this supply at the farm gate but will need to provide the on-farm infrastructure required to use the water. Landowners wishing to access the schemes will be able to buy shares from the Trust.
The Trust will also enter into agreements to sell water to non-shareholders. The price of shares has yet to be determined. The two proposed schemes could significantly expand the area currently irrigated for horticulture in Northland.
|Volume of Storage||12m3||8m3|
|Total Length of Pipe||75 - 85 km||45-55 km|
|Farm Area Supplied||4000 ha||3000 ha|
Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust is currently managing the project, including the project funding agreement with MBIE. It is envisioned that water companies will be established which will own and operate the schemes, with shareholding being reflective of users and the wider community requirements.