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Having previously been the Chief Executive of IrrigationNZ Elizabeth Soal took on the role as Regional Policy and Planning Manager in October 2020. Prior to her time at IrrigationNZ she worked as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Waitaki Irrigators Collective and prior to that as a social development policy advisor. Until recently she sat on the Technical Committee of the International Alliance for Water Stewardship, based in Edinburgh. The Alliance aims to improve water-related outcomes across the globe through the setting of internationally-agreed water stewardship standards.
Elizabeth is currently working towards a PhD in Geography at Otago University which focuses on past and present freshwater governance in New Zealand.
Her role at Irrigation New Zealand includes communicating to decision-makers and the wider community around the benefits of irrigation and well-managed water use and how that contributes to our collective wellbeing.