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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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Sally Lee

 B.Ag.Sci (Hons), CNMA

Sally has 20+ years in the agri-business sector, specialising in farm systems and the environment.  She farms a hill country drystock operation in West Waikato with her husband giving her hands-on practical knowledge and experience.  The farm was a finalist in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards – Waikato in 2018 and 2019 taking home 5 awards. 

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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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Professional Affiliations

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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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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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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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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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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Maori Studies

Paul Tapsell

Te Arawa.


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. His customary Maori knowledge was passed to him by elders from Maketu, Te Puke and Ohinemutu. They used taonga to provide him a formative understanding of the deeper responsibilities obligations, accountabilities and duties associated with maintaining depopulated tribal marae communities, all of which continue to experience deep seated economic poverty. His higher academic qualifications include BA, MA (Hons 1st class: Social Anthropology) and PGDip Business Management (Maori Development) at University of Auckland; and DPhil (Museum Ethnography) at Oxford University. He has had a distinguished career working as a curator (Rotorua Museum, 1990-1994), museum executive (Auckland Museum, 2000-2008, Museums Victoria 2017-2018), tribal representative and Treaty negotiator (Te Arawa 2002-2015); Chair of an Ahu Whenua Maori land block (Rotohokahoka DNth4D, 2012-2015); Director of a charitable organisation (, linking at-risk Maori youth to their tribal marae (Te Potiki National Trust est 2009) and as an academic, first at University of Auckland (adjunct senior lecturer in Museums and Cultural Heritage, 2000-2008); as Dean of Te Tumu, and Professor and Chair of Maori Studies at University of Otago (2009-2017); and then as Director of Indigenous Studies Program at University of Melbourne (2018-2020).  Today he is a Principal of Takarangi Research (NZ) while also an Honorary Professorial Fellow at both ANU and University of Melbourne (AUS).

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.


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