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Meet our Team

Alison Dewes

BVSc, MSc.Cert IV adult education (Melb), SNM, ASNM (Massey) 

A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. 

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Rachel Mudge


Rachel has over 10 years experience providing technical advice to farmers on a range of topics including soil fertility and nutrient management, farm systems optimisation and ruminant nutrition.

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Alanah Bunyard

B. Com. Ag, SNM, ASNM

Alanah now has several years of farm business and ecological health analysis, and is a strong believer in helping farmers to achieve farm, family, and business wellbeing, along with the wider ecological health.

Brenna Barber


Brenna believes using global resources efficiently will advance the health of all species.
Working locally to achieve this, she has a particular focus in linking welfare of people and animals.

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Hannah Fromont

Hannah is our photographer, and helps us tell the great farming stories of our leading farmers. She is trained in design and web management, and provides a creative approach taking things from good to great.

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June Mobley

Experienced finance professional with a passion for delivering value added results, using information technology and over 40 years of experience.

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Lorna Humm

Lorna is passionate about developing high welfare animal-centric farming systems which nurture animals and people from the soil up. With 10 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, coaching, and holistic health and welfare planning, Lorna enjoys helping farmers develop their systems to build soil, animal and ecological health and profitable, resilient businesses.

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Melinda Turner

Adv.Dip.ApplSc, BApplSc, PgDipSci
Melinda has been specialising in the fertiliser industry for over a decade, incorporating her previous analytical experiences in horticultural & animal science laboratories to help farmers achieve a sustainable & profitable business model.  

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Technical Affiliations

Technical advisers may provide expert technical advice to Tipu Whenua on request; such advice is provided without any liability or obligation and Tipu Whenua has absolute discretion and accepts sole responsibility and liability as to whether or not any advice provided is accepted or acted upon.

Restoration Coach


Horticulture & Paddock to Plate

John Burke

BAgSc (Massey)

John career began with Rural bank moving into self-employment to allow John to pursue different positions and personal interests. 

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Russell Death - River Specialist

Professor in Freshwater Ecology in the Institute of Agriculture and Environment – Ecology at Massey University.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD (Canterbury) 

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Ad Sintenie

Industry & Food Technology

With 30 years + experience in the food industry in New Zealand, The UK and The Netherlands. Founder/owner/Managing Director Weka Food Solutions Ltd (4 yrs) Established Weka Food Solutions Ltd. 

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Farming Inside Limits

Economics & Maori Studies

Peter Horsley

Program Co-Director, New Zealand: HECUA:

Our core work is the operation of experiential off-campus and study abroad programs focusing on justice, social change, and imaginative approaches to difficult problems. 

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Barrie Ridler

Grazing Systems Ltd: Farmer Teacher Research

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Peter Fraser

Principal - Rōpere Consulting: Economist specialising in policy-orientated microeconomic issues.

BA (Massey) Economics, History, BCA (Victoria) Commerce, MCA (Victoria) Economic History 

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Maori Studies

Jo McGrath

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Ruminant Nutrition, University of New England.

B. Sci. Ag., M. Ag. Sci., PhD

Brendan Hoare

NZ Organics CEO and Buy Pure NZ 

Dip Hort, B.App.Sci, M.App.Sci 

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Paul Tapsell

BA (Social Anthropology), MA (Hons), PGDip (Bus), DPhil (Museum Ethnography)

Paul, son of Quentin Taiporutu Tapsell was raised in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. As a student he worked summers in the dairy, steel and kiwifruit industries.

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Peter Jolly - One World One Health

One Health Program Director NZ

International Development Group, Institute of Veterinary, Animal & Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand Qualifications: PhD, BPhil, BVSc. . 

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