Irrigation New Zealand

2024 Ron Cocks Award - Nominations open 1 April

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. 

Key Information

Nominations open 1st April 2024
Nominations close 31st July 2024

Nomination Form 

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


Previous recipients of the award were:

  • Ian McIndoe in 2022 (click name to see article page 26)
  • 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