Rules of Operation


As a shareholder in the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company you must abide by the following Rules.

Operating Rules

1. All border dyke irrigators are to observe roster at all times unless otherwise authorized by the Race Keepers.

2. Any non-authorized taking of water will render the offender liable for discontinuance of water supplied for a period to be determined by the Directors of the Company and or a monetary fine.

3. Borderdyke irrigation turn on and turn off times to be 8:00am unless prior arrangements have me made with the Race Keeper. If not requiring water, Race Keeper to be given12 hours’ notice. Turn out gates not to be closed prematurely without prior consent of Race Keeper. This is most important in the event of heavy rain as races decrease in size as they go downstream and could overflow.

3a. It is mandatory that all spray irrigators place water orders 12 hours prior to starting and stopping of pumps this can be done online between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00 pm or via email or telephone between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm. In the event of heavy rain or for any other reason requiring shutting down at short notice contact the Race Operator prior to shutting down. (refer LWIC policy P10)

4. Shareholders whose turn out or pump shed that is located on another farmer’s property shall have access to operate their turnouts and pump sheds.

5. Extra water may be available if consent is granted by Race Keeper, additional charges
will apply.

6. Shareholders Obligations
The shareholder shall:

(a) have an up to date (Farm Environmental Management Plan); FEP and must provide auditors access to property and supply any records required by the auditor.

(b) fence all races and drains that pass through their property at the shareholders expense with a single hot wire as a minimum to restrict the grazing of cattle to the outside the race/drain profile to prevent damage to race banks and contamination of waterways. Race embankments may be grazed with sheep only at the company’s discretion;

(c) be responsible for the Maintenance of fences at the shareholders expense.

(d) ensure that electric fences erected across the Easement Land have insulated break couplings suitably located to facilitate vehicle access;

(e) provide the Company copies of keys to any locks fitted to any gates on Land requiring access by the Company to exercise its rights.

(f) allow the Company after consultation to remove silt and other material from the Scheme Supply Races or water pipes and spread such silt and other material out on the Easement: Land (or such other areas of the Land as agreed between the parties) to dry, grade and ultimately re-grass;

(g) always allow the Company ready access to Scheme Infrastructure for operation, inspection, repair, and maintenance.

(h) ensure any drowned or dead animals in the race to be immediately disposed of by the farmer whose property the race is on, unless identified as someone else’s stock. The owner is to be notified and expected to dispose of same;

(i) shall ensure no effluent or fertigation is to be applied within 25 meters of any water race. (Refer LWICPolicy PO7).

(j) must have a minimum of 3 days backup storage if taking stock water from an irrigation race (Refer LWIC Policy PO8)

7. Trees
The Shareholder shall:

(a) not plant or allow trees to be planted on race embankments or around other Scheme Infrastructure) without the prior written approval of the Company and then only upon and subject to the terms and conditions stipulated by the Company;

(b) promptly remove (at its own expense) any fallen trees in Scheme water races, all trees presently growing beside or on top of the Scheme Infrastructure or Scheme Supply Race which may be identified by the Company as limiting or having the potential to limit the efficient maintenance, flow and operation of the Scheme Supply Race or Scheme Infrastructure;

(c) trim and promptly remove all trimmings from all other trees presently growing on any Race embankment that may be restricting access for of race operator’s vehicles

(d) Control noxious weeds including gorse and broom from all races on their property at their expense. Any noxious weeds inside the race profile are LWIC’s responsibility.

8. Damage
The Shareholder shall:

(a) be responsible for any costs incurred by the Company for the repair of any damage to the Scheme Infrastructure to the extent that such damage was caused by the Farmer (or its directors, employees, contractors, servants, agents or invitees) through any act or omission, including, without limitation, damage caused by stock, machinery, vehicles, posts or otherwise;

(b) not obstruct, interfere with the Company’s operations or the Scheme Infrastructure or attempt to alter any Scheme Infrastructure without the prior written consent of the Company and then only upon and subject to the terms and conditions stipulated by the Company;

(c) not permit any improvement or structure to be erected or altered within 10 meters of a company race or infrastructure on the easement land and any other part of the land without the prior written approval of the Company and then only upon and subject to the terms and conditions stipulated by the Company;

(d) not light any fires or burn off vegetation on or within ten meters of Scheme Supply Race or infrastructure.

(e) not excavate in or around Scheme races or infrastructure without the written consent of the Company;

(f) not undertake any act or omission which may in the reasonable opinion of the Company have a negative effect on the Scheme, the Scheme Infrastructure or its use;

(g) must not interfere with existing scheme infrastructure without prior written approval from the Directors or Race manager including the construction of bridges, crossings, alterations to drains and races. (Refer LWIC Policy PO3).

9. Drainage
The Shareholder shall:

(a) repair and maintain any flood channels and open water courses and fences along the same to the satisfaction of the Company;

(b) maintain any drainage works on the Land carrying surplus irrigation or flood water to such a standard as will permit the proper functioning of the Scheme Infrastructure;
(c) not permit the discharge of Run Off, chemicals, effluent, debris, dead stock, or other toxic matter in or around any Scheme Infrastructure, into any Scheme Supply Race, or any river, contributory, waterway or flood channel.

(d) Polluted wipe off water is unacceptable and should not be discharged off the property that it originates. ORC plan change 6A has deemed our races to be waterways and shareholders may be in breach of Regional statute if they discharge contaminated water into a LWIC race;

(e) Retain all run off or wipe off water on the irrigators property or should be only let onto the next property in a controlled manner, so it does not cause flooding or ponding;

10. Irrigation Water Flooding
The Shareholder shall:

(a) acknowledge that Irrigation water flooding onto roads or neighboring properties is not acceptable. Shareholders that cause flooding will be given written notice specifying the problem and a date for remedial action and shall take action by the specified date or have their water discontinued until the required action has been completed to the satisfaction of the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company and further penalties may be determined by the Board;

(b) take action by the specified date, or water supply will be discontinued until the required action has been completed to the satisfaction of the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company;

(c) be aware that our Company’s consent to take and use water from the Waitaki River is reviewed annually by Environment Canterbury. Any complaints from the public or local authorities will have serious implications on our company, as it could result in less water being available to all irrigators within our scheme;

(d) acknowledges the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company will not be liable for any damage claims arising from any accident caused by excess water. The shareholder will be liable for any damages and claims caused by excess water coming from their property;

11. Development
The shareholder shall:

(a) have prior written approval from the Directors before any change in irrigation type or upgrade of existing systems. Application forms must be completed and submitted along with plans and specifications to the Directors or Race Manager for approval prior to commencing any new or re-development of existing irrigation. This is to plan for changing demands on the distribution network. (Refer LWIC Policy PO6);

(b) the Race Manager must be notified of any alterations or modifications to existing pump takes and screens prior to any such work being undertaken.

Rules of operation may be altered from time to time at the Directors discretion and failure to abide by these rules will render the offender liable for discontinuance of water supply

The Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company have a number of detailed policies in place associated with the rules these can be viewed and downloaded on the LWIC website or obtained from the administration office at 126 Cameron Road Papakaio.

Visit -scheme info – shareholders to view and download application forms and detailed policies.
Shareholder password: wa1tak1

12. Operations Contacts

Race Manager: Ross Bishop 027 445 1123
Assistant Race Manager:  Michael Lane 027 220 2172
Race man: 027 453 6691

Environmental Compliance Manager 027 453 6600
Administration: Moira Bishop 03 431 7700

13. Current Company Directors

Director Richard Plunket 027 220 1510
Director Jackie Dalziel 022 315 3307
Director Mark Kingsbury 027 475 7042
Director Mark Phillips 027 285 3332
Director Russel Hurst 027 201 9914
Chairman Karl Guy 027 440 0361

Appendix A.

Water supply schedule of rates for the 2021/2022 Irrigation Season:

Rates Note: All prices quoted are excluding GST

7.A. All users on restricted rostered supply to be charged $57.5 per ha per season. Based on 57.5 cents per applied ml or $5.75 per 1000m3.

7.B. Rostered supply allows 100mm application per hectare per watering.

7.C. Extra water available at $20 per 1000m3 subject to availability.

7.D. Spray Irrigators = $57.5 per ha.

7. E. Commercial water price is at $10.51 per 1000m3.

7.F. Minimum charge $200.

7.G. In the event of heavy rainfall, we request that you do not shut down immediately to avoid races overflowing. LWIC will not charge for the extra water related to this controlled shutdown.

7.H. If LWIC fails to supply an adequate supply of water during rostered time, then we will not charge for any extra water for that roster period.