After almost 10 years as the CEO of IrrigationNZ, Andrew Curtis will be leaving the organisation to start two new ventures, Irrigation Support – an independent advisory service to assist irrigators achieve good management practice requirements, and Water Strategies – a specialist consultancy providing expert solutions for water allocation and management.
"Andrew has made a significant contribution - no only to our organisation - but to the irrigation sector as a whole," says Nicky Hyslop, Chair of IrrigationNZ.
"Andrew's keen understanding of the environment and New Zealand's natural water systems, his knowledge of the consenting and policy landscapes and his ability to forge relationships with our many and varied members and partner organisations has been hugely valuable. We wish him well."
Before joining IrrigationNZ 10 years ago Mr Curtis was a strategic advisor for water at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. He has also farmed and originally lived and worked in the UK.
While at IrrigationNZ, Mr Curtis was instrumental in developing and implementing irrigation 'good management practice' which is now the performance standard for all irrigators in NZ.
Over 4,000 irrigators have been through irrigation good management practice training to date and there are also NZQA linked qualifications and an apprenticeship programme for the industry.
The practical implementation of water measurement regulations was another one of his achievements. Mr Curtis has also given the irrigation sector a voice in Wellington and provided practical expert advice to policy makers through numerous government working groups.
"I've enjoyed my time at IrrigationNZ and feel I have made a significant contribution to the NZ irrigation industry over the last decade," said Mr Curtis. "During this time, I've also travelled extensively and have always found New Zealand irrigators to be among the most progressive in the world. I look forward to continuing to work with many of you in the future."
Mr Curtis will remain in his role through to March 2019 providing time to hand over to a new CEO.