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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Since New Zealand's maritime climate ensures a generally abundant and reasonably uniform distribution of rainfall in most areas, dependence of the economy on land irrigation is not extensive; the use of dams of any but minor size is confined to Central Otago. The development of water resources for irrigation in Central Otago is a Government undertaking that was put into effect some years ago. None of the several dams in the system would be rated large, however, by standards elsewhere.