Irrigation New Zealand


The Ron Cocks Award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to irrigation in New Zealand.

J.R. (Ron) Cocks was a Mid Canterbury farmer, a pioneer, visionary, and a leader in farming affairs. His greatest legacy to New Zealand was his leadership in water issues. The Memorial Award acknowledges that legacy and encourages others to follow his leadership. This award is presented biennially. 

In 2022 the recipient of the award was Ian McIndoe (see page 26). 

Previous recipients of the award were:

  • Graeme Tulloch in 2020
  • Gavin Dann and Terry Heiler in 2018
  • Tony Banks and Robin Murphy in 2016
  • Bob Engelbrecht and Grant McFadden in 2014
  • Brian Cameron in 2012
  • Allan Hubbard in 2010
  • Sid Hurst in 2008

Irrigation New Zealand calls on members to nominate people they consider worthy of this award. The criteria are:

1.Duration of service

2.Quality of service

3.Actual achievement

4.Level of voluntary input