It is with great disappointment that we have decided to officially cancel our 2020 Water for Life Conference.

Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, it is a very unsettling time for all. 

While we may hold a similar event later this year or early next year, due to the current uncertainties in the operating environment we feel the best option is to cancel and start afresh when we can. We thank you for the support you have shown our organisation and hope to see you at another of our events in the future.

Information on how to request a refund will be emailed to all delegates on Monday 6thApril.  Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this process.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Dine Amongst the Planes at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

After a full day of thought-provoking lectures, there is no better way to unwind than at the IrrigationNZ Awards Dinner, offering you the chance to dine in the incredible Aircraft Hall.

Vbase – Air Force Museum

Set in the heart of the museum, the Aircraft Hall provides a unique venue with phenomenal machines sure to spark a conversation. Your ticket will cover a dinner and complimentary wine.

MC, Te Radar, will keep everyone entertained throughout the evening, alongside special guest Mark Inglis . Between losing his legs at 23 years old due to frostbite and then going on to be still the only double amputee to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, Mark has carved out careers as a scientist, a world recognised winemaker, business creator and innovator, Paralympic athlete, Himalayan mountain and trekking guide, philanthropist and a leading International Motivator. Mark will be joining us and taking us through what is sure to be an inspirational talk not to be missed.

The evening will also see the worthy recipient of the Ron Cocks Award announced. The award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to irrigation in New Zealand.

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. Prior to Water for Life, IrrigationNZ will call on members to nominate people they consider worthy of this award. The criteria are: Duration of service; Quality of service; Actual achievement; Level of voluntary input & Leadership.

During the evening, IrrigationNZ will announce its Honorary Members for 2020. Honorary membership recognises outstanding service and the significant contribution of time and knowledge to INZ.

The Awards Dinner also hosts the Ballance Innovation Award presentation and we will be covering the finalists in further detail shortly. 

If you are interested in joining us for the Conference Awards Dinner, tickets can be purchased for $155. Spaces are limited so be sure to lock in your attendance now.