I grew up in rural Wairarapa on a sheep and beef property. I studied at Massey where I completed a Master of Agricultural Science (Honours in Agricultural Engineering). I have been managing and undertaking natural resource and infrastructure investigations for over 20 years.
My key area of interest is the sustainable management of nutrients, wastes and environmental impacts in agricultural systems. This includes nutrients in farming systems, animal and processing and wastewaters being applied to production agricultural land and their resulting impact on soil and water quality. I specialise in the land treatment of processes.
I am actively involved in the waste land treatment industry, I completed two elected terms as Technical Committee Chairman of the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective. I have assisted with giving direction to research and extension of land treatment in New Zealand and this has contributed to me being appointed to a number of research based teams in an advisory capacity, including being a member of the ESR/Scion Biowaste Advisory Board. I am a registered environmental practitioner with EIANZ, and a Certified Nutrient Manger under the CNMAP. I am an assessor for Dairy NZ Design Accreditation programme.