Following on from the Northland Strategic Irrigation Infrastructure Study, council commissioned a consortium led by Opus International to scope up some irrigation scheme options in the Kaipara and Mid-North cluster areas. This project was funded by a $165,000 contribution from council's IGR, with a matching contribution from Crown Irrigation Investments Limited.
The study, completed in July 2017, developed four scheme options: one in Kaipara and three in the mid-North area. At this stage none of the options appear overly attractive for private sector investment alone and would likely require public investment. Should any of the schemes proceed, the likely outcome will be a change in land use to horticultural crops such as kiwifruit and avocados rather than conversion to dairy.
The report is available to download in three parts below.