Nicky has been on the IrrigationNZ board for nearly five years and has been a registered farm management consultant for 20 years with Macfarlane Rural Business. In partnership with husband Jonty, she farms an intensive sheep, beef and arable fully irrigated property at Levels, South Canterbury. Nicky is a…..read more
Hugh Ritchie is a farmer first and foremost. He farms a 1700ha unit in the Hawke’s Bay taking in breeding stock, finishing lambs and cattle, 700ha cash cropping, cereals, seed and process vegetables. The farm is in its fifth season of irrigation with 250ha irrigated. Hugh completed the…..read more
Robyn joined the INZ Board in November 2016. She is the Chief Executive for North Otago Irrigation Company Limited (NOIC) and has also held senior management positions in the USA and Australia, primarily in the cooperative-based renewable fuels industry. She is a director on the Waitaki Irrigators Collective representing…..read more
Rab joined the INZ Board in November 2016. He farms 550 hectares at Mayfield in Canterbury, an arable, dairy support and lamb finishing operation.
Rab was chair of Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Ltd from 2012 till August 2016 and remains a board member. He has been actively involved in irrigation issues…..read more
Keri joined the IrrigationNZ board in October 2015. The working engineer, principal of Irricon Resource Solutions, farmer and mother of two is used to juggling various roles. Keri felt it was time for her to contribute more publicly to the debate around how we best manage our water resources……read more
Stephen McNally attained his Degree in Horticultural Science through Massey University in 1986. Since then he has been involved in agricultural engineering projects including the development of advanced controlled environment greenhouse systems for commercial vegetable and cut flower production and more recently the irrigation industry.
During the 90’s Stephen set…..read more
A Federated Farmers policy adviser Lionel Hume brings to the board specialist skills and knowledge in the fields of plant and soil science and Resource Management Act issues and policy. A South Auckland “dairy farming lad” in his childhood, Lionel always had an interest in agriculture.
After completing a BAgSc…..read more
Mary was elected to the board of Irrigation New Zealand in October 2011. She is passionate about the opportunities irrigation provides to our irrigators, the community and the economy of New Zealand. Her goal is to assist in increasing opportunities for irrigation and therefore ensuring the benefits for all – economically,…..read more
John operates a dairy farm consultancy business from his Geraldine base. He is also part owner and manager of a number of irrigated farming operations in Canterbury and has helped establish the Dunsandel Groundwater Users Group. John is also a director of Central Plains Water Limited, which is in…..read more
Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast….. Read more
The release of ‘Our fresh water 2017’ is a call to action for all New Zealanders, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. The report measures fresh water quality, quantity and flows, biodiversity and cultural health. “This report highlights the impact we….. Read more
IrrigationNZ has spent the summer gathering data on farms around Canterbury to get a better, more accurate understanding of irrigation efficiency. The results, say INZ Project Manager, Steve Breneger, will provide a benchmark for progress. “We’ve been on-farm for the….. Read more
If there’s one thing every election has in common it’s tax. Usually one party promising to lower them; the others threatening to raise them. This year however, tax is being talked about in the context of water. I’ve spent time….. Read more
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June 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Potential and new directors and managers who interact with boards and wish to increase their understanding of the governance environment. A refresh course for existing directors and managers.
August 8 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm
Irrigation fundamentals is a 2 day course targeting new entrants to the industry and frontline staff of businesses and organisations that provide services to the irrigation industry. The aim of the 2 days is to give people a comprehensive overview of the….. Read more
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