A large scale irrigation and water storage scheme in north Canterbury is the latest to receive Government funding.
The Hurunui Water Project will receive $2.4 million from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund to help with planning and design work.
The scheme will take water mainly from the Hurunui River to irrigate up to 60,000 hectares of land on several hundred properties.
It will include four dams on a tributary of the Hurunui, the Waitohi River, for water storage as well as hydro power.
The Government funding will help to cover the cost of feasibility investigations for the Waitohi reservoirs.