Irrigation New Zealand

Mary Flannery: 

I was elected to the board of Irrigation New Zealand in October 2011. I believe in the positive opportunities irrigation provides to New Zealanders. I will advocate for irrigation to ensure the benefits for all – economically, socially and environmentally.

I farmed with my husband a property in Central Otago for which irrigation was vital.  I’m a full-time Solicitor at AWS Legal Alexandra.

My governance experience includes serving on the Vincent Community board, various Health Boards and I have recently been appointed to the Ida valley Irrigation Company.

I bring all of the skills developed from these roles to the position of Board Director.

Harmen Heesen:

Water, water everywhere…. but,  who owns it, who uses it, and who pays for it?
All questions which require answers. Solid strategic planning and agreement on the fundamentals is critical for NZ farmers to continue their journey of becoming the most efficient quality food and fibre producers in the world.

Strong leadership, communication and alliances through Irrigation NZ Inc is key to ensuring  that  Irrigating farmers have continued security in their business.

I am well placed to add value to Irrigation NZ inc..
I am an Institute of Directors  Chartered Director with extensive experience in grass roots agriculture through my own companies (TechniPharm Ltd and Cowhouse  Ltd consulting) and 8 years at the Board of Directors for the NZ Fieldays Society.

My strengths are in innovative strategic commercial thinking

Ivan Knauf:

I am the dairy farmer representative on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council TANK collaborative stakeholders group, a 30-member community group which has been meeting since October 2012, tasked with making plan change recommendations to council, on the catchments.

My TANK experience has given me insight, understanding & the chance to network with a diverse range of industry groups within our region, each with their own unique challenges & opportunities

I am Vice Chair of the Ngaruroro Irrigation Society, a group of irrigators based on the Ngaruroro River.

I graduated from the Fonterra Governance Development Programme in 2013. This is a programme run by Massey University School of Business to develop governance & leadership skills in rural New Zealand.

As such,  I think I can help Irrigation NZ to bridge the gap between urban & rural New Zealand, providing clear concise messages that address some of the misconceptions around irrigation.






IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

Petition misrepresents irrigation facts

14th November 2017

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace at Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used and ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address….. Read more

Mind that spray! Farmers reminded to irrigate the grass not the road

13th November 2017

With irrigation season underway Environment Canterbury is reminding irrigators to be aware of where their water is going and irrigate the grass-not the road. Environment Canterbury principal resource management advisor Richard Purdon said several complaints have already been received so….. Read more

Conference focuses on the future of irrigation

25th October 2017

Registrations for IrrigationNZ’s 2018 national Conference are now open.  Unlocking a Golden Future through SMART irrigation is the theme of the conference to be hosted at Alexandra from 17-19 April 2018. “With so much public focus on irrigation and water issues….. Read more

Irrigation investment vital for regions and for climate change adaptation

24th October 2017

A Labour and Green commitment to wind down Government loan funding for irrigation ignores irrigation’s vital role in regional growth and in climate change adaptation, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. “We note the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement has a….. Read more


Irrigation Efficiency Summer Programme

November 7, 2017 - February 28, 2018

                                 Is your irrigation equipment operating as it should? What improvements could be made? These are questions that can be technically challenging and costly. To help irrigating farmers navigate to Good Management….. Read more

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Darfield

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DARFIELD Where: Darfield Rec Centre When: 10am- 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation