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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Sarah Dewes

Dip.Phys. PGDip.WH.PGDip.PH. MPNZ
Sarah works to bridge human and ecological wellbeing by developing effective relationships with people and communities to foster both self-awareness, and environmental awareness. 

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Manu Bird

PhD, MSc (hons), BSc

Manu was brought up on a North Canterbury farm where his father instilled in him a land ethic and the need to appreciate that wildlife can coexist with farming. 

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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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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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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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Paul Tapsell

Professor & Chair of Maori Studies, University of Otago; Te Arawa, Ngati Raukawa; Eisenhower Fellow

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Paratene Tane

PhD student, University of Otago; Ngapuhi; Raised on Maori operated cattle farm

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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.


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