Fraser McKenzie, Independent Chairman
McKenzie & Co Limited
Fraser’s passion is anything rural. Having graduated from Lincoln College with a Bachelor of Commerce and Agriculture majoring in Valuation and Farm Management, backed up with a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury, he has been working as a farm accountant since 1986. He is a director of McKenzie & Co. Ltd, Oamaru.
Geoff Keeling, Director
Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company (KDIC)
Geoff and his wife Jan, run a self-contained dairy operation at Duntroon. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture from Lincoln University. He has previous experience as a farm management consultant and development manager. Geoff is chairman of the Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company and a former director of the Maerewhenua District Water Resource Company. Their farming operation holds shares in both companies and also holds individual irrigation consents from the Waitaki River. He is a committee member of the Duntroon District Development Association. The Duntroon Wetlands is located on their property, which is a community led initiative to create a wetland and walkway system. The Takiroa Rock Art site is also located within the property and they have over 4 kms of the Alps to Ocean cycle trail going through the property as well.
Gert van’t Klooster, Director
Morven, Glenavy, Ikawai Irrigation Company (MGI)
Gert has been a director of the Morven, Glenavy, Ikawai Irrigation Company for nine years. He also has active governance roles in his local community of Glenavy, South Canterbury. Gert is married to Hermien and has four children. He emigrated from Holland to the Waikato in 1989. He then moved to Glenavy in 1994, converting a sheep and beef farm to an irrigated dairy operation. Over the years the farm’s herd size has increased and the family have almost completed the process of changing the farm from border-dyke to spray irrigation. His youngest son is in his seventh year share milking and started his own farm 3 years ago. Gert is a strong advocate for the role irrigation can play in supporting sustainable intensification – increasing or maintaining farm production, whilst improving its environmental footprint.
Andrew Hayes, Director
Waitaki Independent Irrigators Incorporated (WIII), Haka Valley Irrigation Limited (HVIL)
Andy has been a director on HVIL since the Company began in 2013 and has chaired it since 2015. He has also been on the WIII Committee since 2014 and is now chairing this Incorporation. He has also been a member of the Lower Waitaki South Coastal Zone Committee since 2015. Growing up in the Hakataramea Valley, Andy and his wife Elizabeth with their three children, were fifth generation sheep and beef farmers until they converted the family farm to dairy in 2013. With reliable Waitaki River water so close, they are now milking 1000 cows in a well known dry climate thanks to HVIL. Andy is managing the farm business and the couple are also diversifying into on-farm tourism. Andy has seen how difficult it can be during droughts in this region and strongly promotes efficient irrigation and also improving on-farm management practices to ensure our environment is sustained whilst retaining profitability on-farm.
Chief Executive of North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC)
Andrew is an advocate for the primary sector and for the environment. “The value of irrigation water cannot be underestimated, nor can the responsibility of those who distribute and use it. Water has the capacity to transform farming, lift productivity, provide land use options not otherwise possible, bring regional economic growth, jobs and opportunities. it is incumbent on us all to maximise the efficiency of our schemes, with equal emphasis on environmental sustainability.
Rhys, together with his wife Emily and their four children, are dairy farmers in the Awamoko catchment of the Waitaki River.
Rhys completed a Bachelor of Agriculture at Lincoln before converting a 550ha property to dairy and dairy support in Omakau, Central Otago. The sale of this property allowed for a move back to Brookstead Ltd in the Waitaki valley where they currently milk 1000 cows on 300ha.
Rhys sees value in having a collaborative approach to water management through the involvement of all interested parties. Rhys sees his role as bringing together those people who value the water in the Waitaki Valley and appreciate its importance to the wider community, and as building relationships whilst improving water outcomes of all kinds.
Aside from being an Independent Director on the WIC Board, he is also currently a member of the NOSLaM Steering Committee.