Community

BCI’s vision is to provide positive economic, environmental and social solutions in response to the challenge of sustainably managing our community’s water resource through employing a combination of innovative technology and outstanding people and governance. We bring together irrigators, service providers, contractors, and other stakeholders in Mid Canterbury as a community, and we work towards continual improvement of all parties within our community to achieve that vision.

Irrigators

Our irrigators are family farming businesses that produce high quality food for NZ consumption and export.  Working closely together under the BCI cooperative banner, they share innovation and expertise, continually improve their water use and management, and demonstrate their environmental commitment.

Service Providers

While BCI is a relatively small organisation, by developing strong partnerships we are able to meet the service needs of our irrigators’ sophisticated, world class farming systems, and our own network of high-tech infrastructure.

Our dedicated and experienced operations team work alongside other local businesses who are specialists in their fields (electrical, engineering etc) so we can attend to any infrastructure issues or faults at short notice.

Contractors

Mid Canterbury is well served by experienced earthmoving contractors. BCI has long standing relationships with a number of these, including Rooney Earthmoving, Harmer Earthmoving and Monadelphous NZ, who we engage to undertake large scale construction projects.

These partnerships enable us to focus on project management and trouble shooting.

Other Stakeholders

BCI is about more than just delivering irrigation water to our shareholders. We believe we are an integral part of a vibrant community, both rural and urban, made up of many different organisations and stakeholders.

The Ashburton District Council, other regional irrigation schemes, Te Runanga o Arowhenua, and Environment Canterbury all have an interest in managing the district’s natural resources. We proactively engage with these organisations and partners, endeavouring to understand and accommodate their interests with the aim of working together to achieve our vision.

One example of this was to make our pipe network available for the delivery of emergency water supplies to the NZ Fire Brigade through the installation of approximately 30 hydrants across the district.