Irrigation New Zealand

Elizabeth Soal

Chief Executive

  •  021 454 615
  •  esoal@irrigationnz.co.nz

Elizabeth Soal is the Chief Executive of Irrigation New Zealand. She previously 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.

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Julie Wallace

General Manager - Commercial Activities

  •  020 400 10497
  •  jwallace@irrigationnz.co.nz

Previously Julie worked at Bank of New Zealand in a number of roles, including helping to manage a portfolio of irrigation schemes and more recently, leading a team of business managers in the small/medium enterprise space (SME).

Julie is looking forward to expanding her knowledge about the irrigation sector and meeting INZ members and industry experts.


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Ella Stokes

Communications Manager

  •  027 521 6271
  •  estokes@irrigationnz.co.nz

Ella recently took on the role of communications manager based in Lincoln. She grew up on a Canterbury sheep and beef farm and was previously a rural reporter so had both a passion and understanding for agriculture in New Zealand. She enjoys learning about the agriculture industry both the land and its people.

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Eleonore Dumaine

Office Manager

  •  03 341 2225
  •  022 154 5144
  •  edumaine@irrigationnz.co.nz

Eleonore started at IrrigationNZ in April 2014, and since then she has learned a lot about New Zealand’s standards for irrigation, water measurement, sustainable water management. The schemes and catchments are also allowing for great understanding of New Zealand geography.

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Kate Mills

Events Manager

  •  03 341 2225
  •  021 354229
  •  kmills@irrigationnz.co.nz

Kate is now in her fifth year with IrrigationNZ and is loving every minute. She finds the role of educating all New Zealanders towards the benefit of proper irrigation and the prosperity it can bring our country a challenge and an inspiration. Born and raised in the high country of New Zealand in Arthurs Pass, she has a great awareness and connection with our environment and the ongoing requirement of water within farming.

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Andrea Vercoe

Finance Manager

  •  03 341 2225
  •  021 464 421
  •  avercoe@irrigationnz.co.nz

Vicky Bloomer

  •  vbloomer@irrigationnz.co.nz

Vicky joined the INZ team in July 2017 as the North Island Project Manager – based in Hawkes Bay. She’s comes to INZ with 8 years’ experience at Hawkes Bay Regional Council where she worked in Compliance and then the Water Information Services team where she worked with INZ, other national stakeholders, local industry and consent holders to implement water metering guidelines and water meter data standards.

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