Fraser McKenzie, Independent Chairman
McKenzie & Co Limited Fraser’s passion is anything rural. Having graduated from Lincoln University 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.
Fraser 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 a former director of the Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company and Maerewhenua District Water Resource Company. Geoff and Jan’s farming operation holds shares in both companies and also holds individual irrigation consents from the Waitaki River.
Geoff 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.
Karl Guy, Director
Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company (LWIC)
Russell Hurst, Director
Maerewhenua District Water Resource Company (MDWRC)
Russell and Cathy own and operate Invernia Holdings Ltd which is a farming business at Awamoko 20 kilometres from Oamaru. Two of their three sons also work in the business.
The operation consists of; four dairy units milking 2200 cows, 500 foster cows, 4000 super fine merino wethers, associated young stock, and 400 walnut trees. The property was entirely border dyke irrigated but is now two years into a ten-year development programme to convert to spray irrigation.
Russell has been a director of Maerewhenua District Water Resource Company since 2010 and is also a director of the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company.
David Ellis, Director
Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Company (MGI)
David has been a director (Vice Chair) of Morven Glenavy Irrigation Company for five years. He is married to Karen and they have four adult children.
David and Karen relocated from the North Island in 1994 to grow their dairy business to what it is today. Milking 7000 cows over four properties and two support blocks, the total irrigated area comprises 3000 hectares under four different irrigation companies and a private take.
With the environmental challenges that we all have in front of us, David always likes to front foot any issues that arise. Irrigation is a fundamental part of our businesses and it is his belief that we have to act in the public interest as well as in the farmer’s interests, to protect what we have. If we can all do our bit, it will lighten the load for everybody.
Matt Smith, Director
Waitaki Independent Irrigators Incorporated (WIII)
Matt has been on the Waitaki Independent Irrigators Incorporated committee for 3 years. Matt is married to Claire and they have two children.
Matt and Claire moved from the North Island 5 years ago to manage Caberfeidh Station for Lone Star Farms in the Hakataramea Valley. Caberfeidh is a 30,000su sheep and beef property which has 400ha of Irrigation taken from three independent consents.
Matt is also on the committee of the Hakataramea Sustainability Collective which is a community driven platform, which helps with the protection and enhancement of the Valley’s environment.
Andrew Rodwell, Director
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 Hamilton, Independent Director
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.