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About Us

Water Strategies provides independent advice and services to farmers, industry bodies, rural service providers and regulators
 No one else knows land and water management like we do
Our focus is providing you with the right knowledge so you can successfully develop and implement the right solution

Meet the Team

Paul Reese

Paul is a leading environmental and irrigation consultant. His career spans farming, project management, environmental management and delivery of practical training. A high level of irrigation technical know-how and understanding of on-farm systems encompassing production, environmental and financial skills enables Paul to provide comprehensive advice with grass roots knowledge. Paul’s attention to detail, industry experience, excellent communication skills and critical thinking enables him to navigate through complex issues to provide practical solutions. Paul has successfully facilitated catchment and farming groups through regional plan changes, local issues and provided technical evidence and advice.

Andrew Curtis

Andrew has over 20 years practical experience in water management and irrigation. Over the last decade he has provided technical policy advice and leadership to central and regional government, Councils, irrigation schemes and individual irrigators and has a natural ability to enable the co-design of practical solutions for complex issues. Andrew has extensive networks within central and regional government. He currently provides technical advice and support to the MPI Freshwater policy team and Integrated Farm Planning project. He has led the development of all the NZ irrigation standards and knowledge resources and can also deliver irrigation training. Andrew specialises in translating technical material into clear and concise practical information.

Brendon Jolly

Brendon is New Zealand's leading independent irrigation designer. He has over 25 years practical experience with small to medium scale community water supply schemes and large farm developments, including open channel and piped supplies systems and drip-micro and broad-acre spray application systems. For example, he has designed and is currently managing the construction of the Bendrose station 1.1 cumec take including; syphon, 14.5 km pipeline and 1,050 ha Bendrose station irrigation development. Brendon specialises in complex hydraulic analysis and pump stations and is frequently called on to retrospectively trouble-shoot water distribution systems. He also has expertise in effluent, fish screens and small to medium scale water storage ponds. Brendon regularly provides technical design support for irrigation design companies, specialising in complex horticultural and broad-acre systems.

Charlotte Butler

Charlotte has worked across project and programme management for the past 10 years, spanning operational delivery, tracking and monitoring progress, financials, reporting, and identifying potential risks impacting on the programme of work. Following qualifications in Science and Economics, Charlotte has built industry specific expertise over 20 years, working across biosecurity, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, and urban infrastructure development. Charlotte is an accomplished project manager who is deliberate and practical in her approach to the prioritisation of work streams. Drawing upon exemplary attention to detail, a flexible and transparent working style, and excellent communication skills, Charlotte is focused on delivering quality outcomes while building and maintaining successful partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Laura Bunning

Laura is a leading farm systems consultant. Following her post graduate qualification in animal production she work for both Ballance Agri-nutrients and Ravensdown providing specialist nutrient management advice to clients. Laura is known for her practical farm system knowledge, nutrient management skills and advanced use of OVERSEER modelling. For all she places a strong emphasis on helping her clients meet and go beyond ‘Good Management Practice’ expectations. Laura has successfully supported many different farming enterprises with nutrient advice, including intensive cropping and dairy systems and extensive high-country sheep and beef. Laura facilitates farmer discussion groups for the sheep and beef sector, which allows her to keep her knowledge practical and forward thinking.

Cindy Lowe

Cindy is the leading independent expert in soil moisture monitoring in Canterbury. Following qualifications in Environmental Science and Soil Conservation Cindy has over 10 years’ experience installing, maintaining and providing advice on environmental monitoring equipment for clients across New Zealand. Cindy has vast experience in installing and troubleshooting a wide range of soil moisture sensors, climate sensors and telemetry systems and as a result can find the right solution for any scenario. Cindy is known for her attention to detail and ability to interpret and explain data to a range of clients. Cindy’s area of expertise is turning data into information that clients can understand and use to improve their farming operation.