Working together as one

Our advisors work collaboratively on environmental aspirations for their area, achieving great results for water quality and biodiversity, while building social cohesion. 

Phone Alison
021 242 4949
Email: Alison

Alison Dewes

Vet, Ecologist, Farmer & Tipuwhenua (sustainable land use consultancy owner/director) 
Alison is passionate about achieving environmental outcomes from farming that are consistent with eco-system health. She is an experienced veterinarian (BVSc, Massey, 1987) and Masters in Biological Science (Ecology), (Waikato 2015). Also qualified in: advanced nutrient management, adult education, effluent design, dairy nutrition, machine testing, financial lending fundamentals and dairy leadership (Melb Aus). 

Alison has a deep understanding of the farming industry managing sustainable consultancy businesses in NZ + Aus, and 30 yrs farming exp including Australian Agribusiness roles: Commonwealth Bank & Nestle in milk supply mgt & quality. Was sustainable land use advisor for Raukawa Charitable Trust. In NZ she has successfully managed and executed several NZ SFF projects including Māori Agribusiness – (SFF) Economic Opportunities and Land Use Change, Tomorrows Farms Today (SFF), Upper Waipa Farming Collective (SFF), Dairy Business of the Year Analyst/design (MPI), Whole Farm Plans Waikato Peat Lakes for WRC & NZ Landcare Trust, Lower N Use Fund – Reducing N from Lake Rotorua, and Upper Waikato Nutrient Efficiency Study (Agfirst 2009) and review of GHG efficiency measures from Overseer (Agfirst 2009). In 2019-2020: Project Manager: Molesworth Whole Farm Plan for High Country (2020).

Thomas Grant

Thomas is a Land Management Officer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Thomas started at the regional council having completed a B.Sc and PgDip in water resource managemnt at Canterbury Uinversty. Thomas has a monitoring background having spent three years in the Environmental Data Services Team. Living as a third generation on the family sheep in beef farm in the foothills of the Kaimai Mamku Forest Park means connecting science to land mangement process and farm operations to provide sustainable longterm outcomes is something that connects well to his current role as a Land Management Officer. Thomas’s current role is fully allocated to working in the Waihi Estuary Cathment to incentivise positive environmental outcomes through the BOPRC Focus Catchment Grants Scheme. 

Email: Thomas

Rachel Mudge

BMS(Hons) CNMA
Rachel has an Honours degree from the University of Waikato Business School majoring in Strategic Management and Communications. She 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. More recently she has supported a range of corporate organisations with support on Overseer modelling, farm system modelling and land use change. She is also assisting Councils around NZ with practical advice on consents and diffuse and point source discharge management.   

Sally Lee

B.Ag.Sci (Hons), CNMA
Sally is an agribusiness leader with 20 plus years’ experience. She has strong on-farm, business, environmental, and financial skills and understanding and holds qualifications in Intermediate and Advanced Nutrient Management as well as Land Management experience, hands-on farming and was finalist in the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards 2018 and 2019. Sally has a proven understanding of agricultural systems including sheep and beef, dairy, equine and goats and sound understanding of environmental issues and good practices through land management work, hands-on farming and continual development. Sally has a uniquely, high understanding of agricultural systems modelling and its practical application. 

Alanah Bunyard

B. Com. Ag, SNM, ASNM
Alanah 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.

She enjoys helping connect communities and empowering them to make a difference.
With her experience: smart technical and design skills, she can bring agricultural data and trends to life in an and easy to understand way.
Data transparency and helping people to understand what lies behind the facts and figures is an area Alanah thrives on.
As a small block owner herself she is passionate about the land and her animals, she loves getting out and enjoying New Zealand's landscape. Alanah also owns a number of businesses in her own right, so understands the importance of work life balance, and most importantly, that of profitability.

Email: Alanah