Irrigation New Zealand

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 cal poly irrigation evaluation course through his Nuffield scholarshsip and this formed the basis of the Dan Bloomer lead irrigation evaluation SFF project.

In off-farm activity he is a Federated Farmers national board member with portfolios in many areas including water issues, usage, quality and allocation. While acting in his Federation role Hugh has responsibility to convey the key water principals of the Federation in public comment. He is also a member and board member of LandWISE, a sustainable cropping group in Hawke’s Bay.

NEWS

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

EVENTS

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