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

Why tax irrigation to improve rivers if irrigated regions already have more swimmable rivers?

16th August 2017

IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more….. Read more

‘Let’s Answer This’ – Questions mounting as New Zealanders demand answers on water tax

15th August 2017

‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum –  while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday 11th August by non….. Read more

“Labour – Let’s Answer This” – New Zealander’s deserve answers on water tax

11th August 2017

In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work. “The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement….. Read more

Water conservation order threatens 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay and iconic Kiwi produce and wine

3rd August 2017

New Zealanders’ access to affordable local apples and stonefruit, along with around 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay, are under threat from a proposal to impose a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River, says Irrigation New Zealand. The proposed water….. Read more

New irrigation rules could hurt Canterbury economy

25th July 2017

Irrigation New Zealand has lodged an appeal against new Environment Canterbury irrigation rules it says are unachievable and which could affect the viability of farming in Canterbury. It is estimated that irrigation contributes over $5 billion to New Zealand’s economy…… Read more

EVENTS

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Performance Assessment

September 18 @ 8:30 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm

Gain the skills and knowledge to carry out assessments of irrigation systems in order to determine how efficiently they are operating. This Level 4 NZQA certificate runs for 7 months and requires some previous knowledge and experience in irrigation. You….. Read more

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Cromwell

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE CROMWELL Where:  Otago Polytech, Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell – Rm 12 When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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