Murray King

Chairman

Dairy farmer / Company Director / Agribusiness investor

Previous dam groups / organisations I have been involved in:
I have previously been involved in the Tasman Regional Water Study, Lower Confined Aquifer Chair, Waimea Water Users Group, Dry Weather Taskforce, Waimea Water Augmentation Committee, Waimea Community Dam Limited, and Waimea Irrigators Limited – all in voluntarily roles.

What the dam going ahead means to me personally: 
I have been involved in Waimea water management for longer than the age of all my children but ultimately for the long term benefit of them and their children's children.

For me, the dam going ahead is a long term strategic solution with a one hundred year time horizon to solve the very real acute water shortage in our region. The whole community will benefit through environmental, recreational, urban , rural and regional economic gains.


Dick Bennison

Director

Registered Valuer, specialising in Rural property

Previous dam groups / organisations I have been involve in:
Waimea Community Dam Limited, Waimea Irrigators Limited– both voluntarily roles.

What the dam going ahead means to me personally:
I have no direct beneficial interest in the dam. My wife and I own and live on a small rural holding in the dam zone that we don’t currently irrigate.

I am however passionate about the need for a sustainable long term source of water to meet the needs of the entire community. Reliable water is fundamental to meeting the economic social and environmental needs of the whole district.

The dam will provide that reliable source of water that will not only sustain the horticultural businesses that are vital to the economic well- being of the district  but also the long term needs for urban water as well as restoring the water flows in the Waimea River enhancing recreational and environmental values.


Julian Raine

Director

Horticulture / Dairy Farmer / Company Director

Previous dam groups / organisations I have been involve in:
Served on the Dry Weather Taskforce for nearly 15 years. Chair of two water zone committees (Golden Hills Subzone and Hope Minor). Member of Waimea Water Augmentation Committee.

What the dam going ahead means to me personally: 
Building the dam will guarantee the future of the Waimea Plains as a food bowl for the generations to come.

Nelson’s unique climate and limited high quality soil produce outstanding quality fruit and vegetables, the only ingredient missing has been a reliable water supply.

Alongside this is the need to support urban water needs and associated food industries. Water quality and quantity will at last be assured with the construction of the dam.


Mark O’Connor

Director

Managing Director, Appleby Fresh Ltd

What the dam going ahead means to me personally:
The dam going ahead means security for the future of our regions businesses.


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Matthew Hoddy

Director

Business Manager Vailima Orchard Limited

What the dam going ahead means to me personally: 
Water security is important to enable our business to produce premium quality fruit for international markets, offer employment to many locals and continue spending in the local community.


John Palmer

Strategic Advisor

Horticulturalist and company director

Previous dam groups / organisations I have been involve in: 
Early involvement in research for Wai-iti dam.

Formed the Land Owners Water Action Group in the Tapawera area of the Motueka river, to successfully get the Environment Court to declare permanent access to water for irrigators.

What the dam going ahead means to me personally: 
I am not a land owner in the Dam zone.

 I own land in the Wai-iti zone and the upper Motueka. Both those zones show the importance of secure water access and have allowed us to significantly develop land for sustainable intensive horticulture with significant local economic benefits.

The dam is critical for the region and I am involved because this is the most important development project that the region needs for a prosperous future.


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Natasha Berkett

Project Manager

RMA Planner and Project Manager

What the dam going ahead means to me personally:
Having a greater security of water supply will mean a more prosperous future for businesses that rely on water on the Waimea Plains – and that’s good for our kids who want to stay in the region and have a job at the same time!