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Water Restriction Update #7 – 27/01/2015

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It will be painfully apparent to you all that there has been no relief from the weather over the last three weeks and our lake storage situation has become very precarious as a result.

We have reviewed our storage predictions and have brought forward our estimation of when we will be faced with tighter restrictions and potentially no supply.

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Water Restriction Update #5 – 21/12/2014

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We appear to have had a short lived but reasonable rain through the catchment on Sunday 21st.  
At this stage though we do not expect this will have sufficient impact at the dam to defer us from continuing with our water saving regime.

The rain will hopefully at least provided some relief on the farm and enable irrigators to recover or maintain their soil moisture levels under the irrigation restrictions.  

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Water Restriction Update #4 – 50% from 16 Dec 2014

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The storage has continued to decline and 50% restrictions are to be implemented from Tuesday 16th December for two weeks.  
Please now be prepared to implement a 50% restriction regime on your property.  

Refer to the attached newsletter on the current water storage situation.

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Notice of Intended Water Restrictions

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NOTICE OF INTENDED WATER RESTRICTIONS FROM 1st DECEMBER 2014
Important notice regarding water restrictions that are proposed to be in effect across the Opuha scheme on 1stDecember.
The notice provides important information regarding the preparation for the restrictions and requires each shareholder to consider which of two restriction regimes they are able to operate under most effectively and advise us by next Wednesday if they prefer a rostered schedule with waterless days.  
Please make time to read the notice and consider your best option.


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Newsletter – November 2014

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Welcome to the first newsletter of the new irrigation season and just our second newsletter as the new Opuha Water Ltd.
The season has certainly kicked off early this year (early October was one the busiest we’ve seen) and the conditions around the region are reportedly drier than usual.  We are watching our water storage very closely as we have experienced nearly three months of low inflows and there is virtually no snow this year to provide our normal spring seasonal supplies. Our current lake storage level is of some concern.
In this issue I will present a closer look at our water storage position and the potential implications and then update on some important operational, environmental and company matters including the Director elections and upcoming AGM.

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Newsletter – July 2014

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No shouting from the roof tops, no high profile launch of a new logo or brand, in fact not even a single sausage sizzled on a BBQ to recognise the significance of the implementation of the merger on 1st July!
I will admit, there were several occasions leading up to 30th June when I had cause to question whether we would make it through to this side, but it is very pleasing to be able to say that all the required approvals, resolutions and documentation were completed on time and the merger was effective from 1st July.

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Newsletter – July 2014

Newsletter – June 2014

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Irrigation is probably the last thing on most people’s mind at the moment but we’ve got a very important month ahead of us.  It’s a very significant month in the life of the Opuha scheme with our proposal to merge the eight entities that currently exist within the wider Opuha group and therefore, in the minds of many, finally complete the journey that began with the dream of the Opuha Dam.
In this newsletter, I outline the process ahead over the next four weeks and encourage you please to participate.
Julia has a note about an important (but simple!) survey that we are seeking your assistance with and there is also an update on our operations.

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Newsletter – March 2014

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A couple of key updates are provided in this newsletter.  Firstly, I will explain where we are currently at with the restructure process and, over the page, Julia Crossman introduces herself and the Land & Water Regional Plan (LWRP) in an Environmental Update section.
The LWRP is now legally ‘effective’ and there are implications for everyone – but most especially anyone contemplating a change in land use on their property. It is important to note that land use change encompasses activities that previously may have been considered ‘normal’ developments within an existing enterprise (as well as the more obvious changes such as dairy conversions).
The implications of the LWRP for OWL and for all our irrigators is a key area of work for Julia and she will be providing regular updates to you all and is planning roadshow type presentations in conjunction with the rollout of our ASM programme.

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Newsletter – February 2014

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I think ‘unsettled’ best describes the season so far – temperatures were below average in January and we have experienced changeable weather since mid-December.
I’m not even certain if summer’s been or still to arrive?
In this newsletter, I have an important message regarding our policy for water use above your 80% allocation which I encourage everyone to please read carefully.
I also update on the restructure process, how things are going operationally around the scheme as well as some general news briefs.

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Newsletter – December 2013

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We have struck an unforeseen delay in our restructuring process so I thought a newsletter was the best way to get some new information out to you all.
Also included in this issue is our usual update on operations as well as an announcement of our new Environmental Manager appointment, details of our new website and Water Ordering system and a note on a small trial of electricity retailing we are undertaking.

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Newsletter – November 2013

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This newsletter is focused mainly on the restructure process in which we are intending to combine all the entities with the Opuha group of companies into one entity.
The newsletter is intended to provide you all with an update of the key period ahead where you will be receiving some detailed information packs and also invitations to Special General Meetings to approve the resolutions required for the restructure.

The irrigation season has certainly begun in earnest and we are well placed at the moment with lake storage levels – more details to follow below.
I have also included some information on a new position we have established and are currently advertising for applicants.

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Newsletter – August 2013

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The winter season certainly seems to have eased quickly with a very dry (rainfall/inflows) and moderate July. I was talking today with one of our farmers who suggested we might see a few Water Orders coming our way if there is no rain in the next three weeks!?
This newsletter is primarily to provide an update to you all on three key topics – the restructure, our new OWL Director and an introduction to catchment groups that are being established throughout the region as part of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) and our local Zone Committee.  I will also provide a brief update on our operations and storage.

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Newsletter – July 2013

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We’re well and truly into the winter weather season which is supposed to be a quieter time in the irrigation business but it has been an interesting period recently for us with our off-season activities at the dam in particular. I am also pleased to be able to report a successful kick-off of our Audited Self Management pilot and also progress on the company restructuring plans.
This newsletter is to provide an update on each of these as well as a bit of a look ahead now that we have started our new financial year and in particular our position regarding this year’s water charges.

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Newsletter – May 2013

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I can’t promise that monthly newsletters are here to stay, but there are a couple of important messages that have prompted me to put this one out.
There are three topics I cover this time – firstly, a request for volunteers to participate in our ASM pilot this year; secondly, an update on the company restructuring plans and thirdly, a notice about our activities up at the lake over the next couple of months.I expect that none of these topics have lit any fires of enthusiasm in you so far (!!?) but I urge you please to take time to have a look over them as I believe they are all very important for us.

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Newsletter – April 2013

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The irrigation activity is starting to wind down so in this newsletter we have a look back at what has been a season where the true value of water storage has been clearly demonstrated.
There are a few things to consider before the end of the season and also a look ahead at the activities planned for the winter period.

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