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Nominations open for Ron Cocks Memorial Award

Nominations open for Ron Cocks Memorial Award

Nominations have opened for IrrigationNZ’s Ron Cocks Memorial Award which recognises outstanding leadership within the irrigation industry. The deadline for nominations is 9th February.

The Ron Cocks Memorial Award is presented every two years at the organisation’s biennial conference to acknowledge a person who has made a significant contribution to irrigation in New Zealand.

Two years ago, IrrigationNZ presented the award for the first time ever to two individuals.

Retired MAF Policy Manager Grant McFadden and Ashburton-based Bob Englebrecht had together contributed more than 50 years advocating for agriculture and irrigation interests, said IrrigationNZ’s chairman at the time John Donkers.

Past recipients include Sid Hurst, Allan Hubbard and Brian Cameron.

J.R (Ron) Cocks was a Mid Canterbury farmer who was recognised as a pioneer, visionary and leader in farming affairs. His greatest legacy was leadership in water issues. The Ron Cocks Memorial Award acknowledges his legacy and encourages others to follow his leadership.

The criteria for the award include;

- Duration of service

- Quality of service

- Actual achievement

- Level of voluntary input, and

- Leadership

The Ron Cocks Memorial Award will be presented at IrrigationNZ’s conference dinner in Oamaru on 6 April 2016. The conference runs from 5-7 April in the Waitaki District.

The nomination form for the award is available on IrrigationNZ’s website at www.irrigationnz.co.nz or copies can be obtained by phoning (03) 341 2225.


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