Irrigation New Zealand

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.

The inaugral 2008 recipient of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award was Sid Hurst

The 2010 recipient of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award was Allan Hubbard

The 2012 recipient of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award was Brian Cameron

The 2014 recipients of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award were Bob Engelbrecht and Grant McFadden

The 2016 recipients of the Ron Cocks Memorial Award were Tony Banks and Robin Murphy .

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

3.Actual achievement

4.Level of voluntary input


If you would like more Information or to nominate someone for the Ron Cocks Award please contact INZ on 03 341 2225; or e-mail:


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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