Reliable Water

Certain Future

As a farmer-owned irrigation scheme, North Otago Irrigation Company Ltd (NOIC) has a vision of being a strong, adaptable water infrastructure company.

Our objective is to deliver cost-effective, reliable irrigation water with a commitment to environmental leadership. In doing so, we enable positive social and economic outcomes for our 175 farmer-shareholders, for the company and for the community.

We hope you enjoy our website and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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Our Scheme

North Otago is dry and irrigation is the key to farming sustainably here. Sustainable farming underpins the economy of the region and the vitality of its communities.

The company utilises water from the Waitaki River and directs it through the scheme’s physical infrastructure for delivery, at pressure, to the farm boundary of each shareholder.
The scheme is modern, using advanced pumping and flow-control technology. Water is piped across the network and applied on farm through a variety of spray systems, ensuring highly efficient use, from river to pasture.

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Our people

It all comes down to people. The scheme is governed by a Board of Directors comprising four elected farmer shareholders, two appointed independent directors and a Waitaki District Council representative. A busy team of professionals handles the day-to-day management of the business from the company’s Oamaru office, while the field-based operations team is responsible for the physical operation and maintenance of the scheme.

Meet our team

Learn about NOIC’s sustainable practices

Our environment