Kōrero: Canterbury region

Irrigation channels

Irrigation channels

Irrigation of the Canterbury Plains was essential to the success of mixed farming. Large-scale irrigation began in 1945 with a diversion race from the Rangitātā River. By 2002 there were 188,170 hectares of irrigated land. This channel is at Mayfield, north-west of Ashburton.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Agriculture after 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10326/irrigation-channels (accessed 21 July 2019)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015