Irrigation New Zealand

Andrew Curtis


  •  027 4966314

Andrew Curtis commenced in the role as chief executive of IrrigationNZ in July 2009. With over 15 years of practical experience, Andrew has a wealth of irrigation knowledge, and has been the key driver in a number of policy working groups and industry initiatives to improve communications and outcomes on behalf of farmers and growers.

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Charlotte Butler

Commercial Manager

  •  027 357 3140

Charlotte grew up on a farming enterprise in Zimbabwe which consists of; cropping, cattle, intensive horticulture including processing for export and a propagation nursery. She joined IrrigationNZ in 2014 as a Project Manager and was promoted in 2017 to Commercial Manager.

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Steve Breneger

Technical Project Manager

  •  027 688 1299

Steven Breneger joined IrrigationNZ as Project Manager in July 2015. The Australian formerly worked for PGG Water as an Electrical Commissioning Technician, IQ specialist and most recently technical resource/problem solver for irrigation projects.

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Eleonore Dumaine

Office Manager

  •  03 341 2225

I started at Irrigation NZ in April 2014, and since then I’ve learned a lot about New Zealand’s standards for irrigation, water measurement, sustainable water management… and I find it very stimulating. I’m also learning about New Zealand geography through the many water schemes or catchments!

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Allanah Jarman

Communication Manager

  •  027 521 6271

Allanah joined Irrigation New Zealand in 2017. She grew up on a sheep and cropping farm near Darfield and her family has been farming at Darfield for 150 years.

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Vicky Bloomer

North Island Project Manager

  •  027 570 4122

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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Andrea Vercoe

Finance Manager

  •  03 341 2225

Kate Mills

Events and Training Coordinator

  •  03 341 2225

I am now in my second year with INZ and loving every minute. I find 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, I have a great awareness and connection with our environment and the ongoing requirement of water within farming.

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Lauren Colgan

Business Development Manager

  •  +64 (21) 332 898


Wednesday 11 April–12 April

10:00 am - 17:00 pm

Join us for a two day Fertigation Master Class

When: 11th and 12th April 2018

Where: Lincoln Event Centre

Cost: $650 +GST

Places are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.

The outcome of the class is to produce a resource that will provide irrigators with clear information for successful fertigation, including costs and benefits, good management practice knowledge resources and related training opportunities.

It will also enable irrigators and their service industries to inform and achieve any future regulations around fertigation equipment and practice.

The master class will help to unlock the future potential of fertigation in NZ through providing answers to the following questions –

  1. What are the costs and benefits of fertigation?
  2. What are the equipment options for fertigation and to which scenarios are they best applied?
  3. What does ‘good practice’ design, installation and management look like?

The programme involves presentations on each topic followed by discussion and agreement that these are industry accepted standards. There will be a field trip on the afternoon of day 1 as well as a dinner on the Wednesday night. Full programme will be released soon….

The price for the master class is $650 + GST

Notice of withdrawal: 7 days – 50% registration refunded or transferable to another person, 3 days – no refund – transferable to another person

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