Andrew Rodwell, Chairman
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.
Jared Ross, Director
Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company (KDIC)
Jackie Dalziel, 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.
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.