The Ron Cocks Award is announced at INZ's biennial conference dinner. The award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to irrigation in NZ.
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.
- Sid Hurst in 2008
- Allan Hubbard in 2010
- Brian Cameron in 2012
- Bob Engelbrecht and Grant McFadden in 2014
- Tony Banks and Robin Murphy in 2016
Prior to each conference, INZ calls on members to nominate people they consider worthy of this award. The criteria are:
1.Duration of service
2.Quality of service
4.Level of voluntary input