The Morven Glenavy Ikawai (“MGI”) Irrigation Company incorporates one of the oldest schemes in South Canterbury – the Redcliffs irrigation scheme was built by the government in the 1930s and the Morven Glenavy scheme was built in the 1970s. MGI purchased the two schemes from the Crown in 1989 and is now responsible for their full operation.
MGI has continued to grow and improve the irrigation scheme and once the Waihao Downs Irrigation Scheme is commissioned in March 2016, MGI will be responsible for supplying water to over 29,000 hectares of farm area.
MGI is a leader in the New Zealand irrigation sector and at the forefront of scheme performance and environmental management. MGI has a comprehensive audited self-management system, and the scheme also seeks to improve environmental values in its command area by augmenting flows in the Waihao River, which flows into the Wainono Lagoon.