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This is where
kaitiakitanga flows.vitality flows.possibility flows.

Harnessing the natural power of the region’s awa, we help create possibilities that flow through Canterbury’s communities, providing positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes.

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Sustainable water management.

Our 100-year plan delivers climate resilience as the foundation of our infrastructure, ensuring sustainable growth in the agriculture sector. Our vision of sustainable water growing our world enables enhanced natural resources for future generations.

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Our precious water

Ki uta ki tai – from the mountains to the sea.

We’re committed to having a positive impact on the environment, and for us, this means treating natural resources with the greatest of respect and creating healthy ecosystems ki uta ki tai – from the mountains to the sea.

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Harnessing nature, preserving our environment

Here’s where possibility flows.

When delivery of water is reliable and sustainable, farmers have greater opportunity to produce world-class food and fibre, as well as better protect and regenerate the natural environment for future generations.

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Our Impact

On farm help.

We’re always available to help our farmer shareholders. Whether it’s answering your questions, reporting outages or ordering water, you’ll find all these resources and more in the On-farm section of our Resource Centre.

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On farm help
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Our Shareholders

The Allan Pye Journey.

Championing the Central Plains Water Scheme.
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Our Community

Hororata Primary School.

Hororata Primary lends a hand, planting natives for future generations to enjoy.
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Our Environment

Pinewoods Farms.

Considerable native planting and a conservation hub for the community.
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Our Shareholders

Scarlett Farm.

Water security provides the opportunity to prioritise sustainability.
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Our impact.



Delivering climate resilience through reliable water delivery has created new jobs, possibilities, and prosperity for our Canterbury Plains’ communities.



From 2016 – 2023 CPWL contributed over $1.63 million to enhance catchment biodiversity. Helping native flora and fauna to flourish, the EMF has funded the planting of over 80,000 native trees.



Our shareholders’ farms provide families across Aotearoa with the world’s best food and fibre, as well as fuelling an export market that’s a critical contributor to our economic growth.

Together, with our shareholders and the community, we share a vision for restored biodiversity across the Canterbury Plains. Learn about the long-term collaborative impact.

Our impact

Co-operative principles.

CPWL is a limited liability company operating under a co-operative philosophy. Farmer shareholders own shares based on their water requirements. Communal good is at the heart of the scheme, it’s a story of collaboration making world-leading outcomes possible.

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Our co-operative story