Rab joined the INZ Board in November 2016. He farms 550 hectares at Mayfield in Canterbury, an arable, dairy support and lamb finishing operation.
Rab was chair of Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Ltd from 2012 till August 2016 and remains a board member. He has been actively involved in irrigation issues in Mid Canterbury and led a farm sector group coordinating input into the plan change for the Hinds Plains area – a plan that will have significant impact on farmers’ ability to farm within nutrient limits. Rab is also a member of the working party overseeing the Mid Canterbury Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) trial, a project to recharge aquifers and dilute nutrient loads, which is now progressing to the commercial application of MAR.
“I’m looking to continue those efforts on behalf of irrigators, particularly in the acceptability and necessity of irrigation for New Zealand’s future.”