Primary Industries

We work in partnership with heartland businesses, farmers, and growers to manage their natural resources, particularly water, to enable rural enterprises, communities, and environments are able to thrive.

Feasibility studies

Whilst a feasibility study is often initiated to facilitate a commercial decision, we take pride in looking ahead and providing an output that supports...
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Community water schemes

The WSP approach to Irrigation Scheme Studies and Design involves deploying technical, scientific, financial, and people-orientated skillsets…
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Asset Management

Heartland and agricultural business success can often be dependent on effective asset management plans.
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Water Storage and Irrigation

Constructing dams for freshwater storage is a complicated process and one where you need the right people working for you.
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Land and nutrient management

Effective and sustainable land and nutrient management is fundamental to rural business success and long term operational viability.
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Farm and dairy effluent

The WSP team provides independent and impartial advice for the design and management of dairy-farm effluent systems that are tailor-made...
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Pond Drop Test

The Pond Drop Test is an easy, effective way to monitor effluent pond level change and is the only test available that meets Regional Council requirements.
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Fit for purpose infrastructure is essential to rural enterprises functioning in an efficient, effective and compliant manner.
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Head of Primary Industries

Electra Kalaugher

BSc (Ecology), MAplSc (NRM, distinction), PhD. Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa.
T: +64 7 838 5841
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Electra has over two decades of experience with a broad and varied professional background. Her career has been driven by environmental goals, particularly sustainable agriculture. Her professional experience spans international policy (UN), academic research, the NGO sector, local government and DairyNZ. As a result, she brings a multi-disciplinary perspective and strong networks across a wide range of stakeholders in the agriculture and environmental sectors.

Electra has a strong interest in and a developing understanding of mātauranga Māori, including through her postgraduate study and during her time as a social scientist at Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research. She is also a trained facilitator and takes a particular enjoyment in bringing together apparently disparate disciplines and ways of thinking to find common ground.

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Technical Principal – Rural Infrastructure

Rex Corlett

BSc, MBA (Tech Mgt), NZCE(Civil), FEngNZ, CPEng(NZ) .
M: +64 27 451 1238
T: +64 3 363 5535
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Rex is a chartered professional engineer specialising in rural infrastructure, particularly in the development and management of water and civil projects. His civil engineering experience developed over his 45-year career includes; small dams, water storage, wetlands, concrete structures, farm effluent systems and irrigation, and the management of contracts to successfully deliver these.

He enjoys working closely with clients and stakeholders to deliver pragmatic solutions to their needs and brings a strong technical focus to the projects he works on.

Rex’s expert knowledge and professional capability in rural infrastructure is valued widely in the industry, which has resulted in him stepping frequently into the Project Director role.

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Team Leader – Rural Infrastructure

Lizzie Fox

BSc (Hons), MSc Physical Geography.
M: + 64 27 540 1780
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Lizzie has worked at WSP since 2016. She previously worked at Horizons Regional Council as a Catchment Data Analyst from 2012 to 2016, while completing her Masters by Thesis in Physical Geography part time.

Lizzie has 9 years of professional experience in the field of hydrology, multiple years as a leading Project Manager as well as most recently moving into a management role as Team Leader in the Primary Industries sector at WSP. Her key skills and technical expertise are in catchment hydrology, water balances, geospatial analysis, rainfall, flood and drought analysis, hydrometric database management and quality assurance, data modelling, Hydro Electric Power Scheme (HEPS) analysis, land use feasibility studies, and project management of multidisciplinary projects. She applies her hydrology knowledge on water storage projects, deficit irrigation to land studies and water feasibility schemes, which is a pertinent aspect for many primary industry- related projects.

She has proven to build rapport across diverse stakeholder groups and brings positive, proactive and engaging leadership to the core team.

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Senior Primary Industries Consultant – Environmental

John Vosper

BAgSc, Nutrient Management Advisor, Cert. Ag GHG.
M: +64 27 800 0827
T: +64 7 859 9256
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John Vosper has a background as a Sustainable Agriculture Advisor with Waikato Regional Council, as well as DairyNZ. He is an organic dairy farmer and an excellent facilitator and relationship manager and has also spent some years teaching horticulture.

His skillset/experience includes advanced nutrient management and farm environment planning (particularly with pastural systems), GHG emissions qualification, supporting farmers affected by M. bovis with MPI, and facilitation, the latter most recently involving Farm Environment Plan workshops for Waikato Regional Council for sheep and beef farmers.

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Irrigation Specialist

Nick Adams

B.E. (Civil).
M: +64 27 454 6301
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Nick has 25 years’ experience as an engineer, 21 of those years have been in the New Zealand Irrigation industry where his roles have closely involved him in design, construction and operations. He has sound operational knowledge of farming systems that includes horticulture, soils, pasture, machinery, drainage, water and wastewater treatment.

Nick creates smart efficient solutions to complex irrigation network problems through his lateral thinking and collaborative work approach. Currently he is working for the regional business in New Zealand as an irrigation specialist.

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Consultant Environmental Rural

Anne-Maree Jolly

BSc (Agricultural Science; Hons), PhD Soil Science, CNMA, Cert. Agriculture Greenhouse Gases.
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Anne-Maree joined WSP in April 2017 as a Rural Advisor specialising in nutrient management and soil science. Anne-Maree previously worked as a farm sustainability advisor for Ballance Agri-Nutrients in the Horizons region.

Anne-Maree has completed a PhD in Soil Science, where she studied the impact on nitrate leaching when dairy cows grazed fodder crops during winter. In addition, mitigation options to reduce this impact were also considered. As a result, Anne-Maree has in-depth knowledge of nutrient management systems in soils.

Anne-Maree has significant experience with the nutrient model Overseer and has been a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor (CNMA) since 2017. In 2020, Anne-Maree's strong knowledge and understanding of soils and nutrient management enabled her to support Horizons Regional Council through Plan Change 2 of the One Plan.

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Primary Industries Consultant - Horticulture

Lisa Arnold

BSc (Marine Biology), Cert. Organic Horticulture.
T: +64 2 187 8102
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Lisa is a Primary Industries Consultant at WSP specialising in Horticulture. She has eight years of experience working in the horticultural and apicultural industries, working across orchard, vineyard, ground cropping, beehive management and post-harvest operations. She has also managed riparian planting projects and has a good understanding of native plants.

Lisa enjoys working with horticultural operations to meet ever-increasing compliance and regulation requirements. She has experience with accreditation standards such as GAP, GRASP, and BioGro Organic, and implementing environmental and social sustainability initiatives. She can also provide technical knowledge for sustainable pest & disease and soil management.
Lisa’s passion for sustainable food production and specialist knowledge of organic growing systems drives her to make a difference in the future of horticulture in New Zealand.

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Consultant Environmental Rural

Danni Hodges

BSc (Environmental science).
M: +64 27 540 1780
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Danni is an intermediate in environmental science. Growing up working on a dairy farm has led to her current role as a Rural Environmental Consultant at WSP. During her time at WSP, Danni has gained extensive field experience working in the Primary Industries team as a pond drop test installer and supporting the Hamilton Ecology team. Since early 2020, Danni’s core role has been the project manager for the pond drop test service. She also has experience as a project manager for other land development projects.

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Senior Primary Industries Consultant – Rural Infrastructure

Glenn Thomas

BEngTech (Civil), PGDipASc (AgBus), MEngNZ, Advanced Nutrient Mgmt.
M: +64 21 265 9066
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Glenn has 20 years’ experience in primary industries specialising in the engineering design and management of wastewater discharge systems, predominantly for the dairy, meat and wine industries. He has a deep practical understanding and knowledge base for solids separation, storage and irrigation to land from wastewater in these industries. Dairy effluent system design is a particular interest. Glenn works collaboratively with key stakeholders to successfully deliver client projects through applying his experience as a senior project manager on a range of large-scale engineering projects over many years.

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Primary Industries Technician

Jack Bennett

Ngati Maniapoto. BAgSc (Hons).
M: +64 27 218 1663
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Jack has been with WSP since 2020 after graduating with first class honours in agricultural science from Lincoln University. An upbringing on a hill country sheep and beef property led him to study agriculture and pursue a career in the industry, with a strong interest in providing technical support to farmers and growers. He has grass roots experience involving work on several farms across different farm systems including Sheep, Beef and Dairy.

Jack is a technician for the Pond Drop Test for farm effluent ponds, and he has also been supporting the Taniwha-Whenua and Motutapu Island projects, further developing his skillset and desire to support Māori land development in a productive and sustainable way. Aside from his involvement with the primary industries team, he has assisted the Hamilton ecology and water teams with field work, broadening his outlook on land use.

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