A secure future through improved water management

Waimea Irrigators Limited was formed with the purpose of establishing, in conjunction with Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and other stakeholders, a long-term solution to the region’s water shortages.

We are passionate about supporting water users, big and small, on the Waimea Plains and surrounding areas. We know that having access to the right amount of water at the right time is essential to grow our local economy, and provide jobs and opportunities for future generations.


Key dates

Issue date of water shares: Financial close was reached in December 2018. Water Shares have now been issued to initial investors.
Water Shares can still be purchased. Contact Natasha@waterforlife.nz for further details.

Shareholder Water Augmentation Agreements (SWAAs): The SWAAs for each Shareholder are currently being prepared. These will be sent to each Shareholder by the end of February 2019 to be signed and returned. A Shareholder in WIL cannot affiliate their water permit unless they have a signed SWAA.

Call for second instalment of 25% payment of water share purchase price: 1 November 2019.
This is the Call Date, and if the project goes ahead as planned this date will hold. If the project is delayed for any reason, this Call Date may be some other later date as the WIL Board determines. Shareholders will be notified of the final call date for the second instalment.

Call for third instalment of 25% payment of water share purchase price: 1 May 2020.

Construction timetable:

Key Milestone Target Date
Preferred contractor identified December 2017 (completed)
Detailed Design September 2018 (completed)
Award Contract 1 November 2018
Commence Construction March 2019
Scheduled Scheme Completed February 2022
Scheme Operational March 2022

More information on the Waimea Community Dam is available at www.waimeawater.nz.