Water will grow our communities

WSP Opus has recently completed two strategic water management studies in Northland, New Zealand, with funding jointly provided by Northland Regional Council, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Irrigation Acceleration Fund, and Crown Irrigation Investments Limited.


The first study titled ‘Northland Strategic Irrigation Infrastructure Study’ was a high-level, region-wide study to identify the benefits and opportunities that an increase in irrigated land would provide to Northland.


The second study titled ‘Scoping of Irrigation Scheme Options in Northland’ focussed specifically on two parts of the region found appropriate for further investigations.


“Within the constraints of time and budget the quality of the Northland Strategic Irrigation Infrastructure Study output and insights given to allow NRC to move forward in this complex decision process was to be commended”


Kevin Steel MPI Irrigation Acceleration Fund.


These studies required a myriad of technical, scientific and financial skills to evaluate the merit of targeted investment in irrigation infrastructure in Northland.


Community members and industry leaders were engaged throughout the course of the projects to ensure that opportunities beyond the farm gate were understood and realised. This ensured a balanced outcome from economic, social, cultural and environmental perspectives.


In providing the most qualified team for the projects, WSP Opus chose to include leading firms such as Deloitte and BERL within their project team.


In taking this balanced approach we genuinely believe that we are helping to enable more prosperous, stronger, resilient communities through enhancing and future-proofing local agri-sector businesses for generations to come.



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