I guess that the effluent in the water after the Amy Adams saga has dissipated enough for the National Party to start throwing more money at irrigation. From this press release from the Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy:

It’s great to see the first investment decision made. Central Plains Water will help irrigate around 60,000 hectares of land on the Canterbury plains once all three stages are complete, giving a real boost to the region’s economy.

Without this funding, it’s unlikely the scheme would be developed to the size and scale required.

This is an important step towards unlocking the major opportunities that water storage and irrigation can provide for New Zealand.

Minister Adams has recused herself from decisions around Central Plains, on the grounds of a pecuniary conflict. In doing so, she has made it clear that she does stand to benefit from the CPW scheme. This release from MPI shows that not only are the government throwing $6.5 million at the scheme, but the very viability of the scheme itself would be in question if it weren’t for the interventions of the government of which Minister Adams is a member.