Irrigation New Zealand

Nicky Hyslop

Chair

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

Deputy Chair

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 Wells

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 McDowell

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 Johnston

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

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

Lionel Hume

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 Flannery

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 Donkers

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

NEWS

Common sense prevails on water tax

20th October 2017

IrrigationNZ says that a decision by the new government not to introduce a water tax would be a victory for common sense. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis has congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the new government. Speaking to media….. Read more

Irrigation Innovation Award – entries now open

26th September 2017

Farms and businesses with new products, technologies, or practices that exemplify innovation in irrigation are being encouraged to enter IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’, sponsored by Southern Wide Real Estate. The highly prestigious award promotes innovation in irrigation and has a….. Read more

Call for abstracts to benefit irrigators 

26th September 2017

IrrigationNZ is inviting short abstracts to be submitted on irrigated related topics for its 2018 Conference to be held in Central Otago, New Zealand. The conference has the theme of unlocking a golden future and IrrigationNZ is seeking to highlight new,….. Read more

Water tax ‘not about water bottlers’ – they’ll pay less than 3%

22nd September 2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the party’s proposed water tax by saying it’s about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ. When Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last night’s TVNZ Leader’s Debate whether rural New Zealand….. Read more

Water tax by the numbers: A breakdown

18th September 2017

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labour’s proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from….. Read more

EVENTS

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

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation