representatives from fonterra and doc are driving the delivery of this programme:


As the North Island Fonterra Project Manager I am responsible for the three North Island catchments – Hikurangi, Pῡkorokoro/Miranda and the Waikato Peat Lakes. Prior to joining the Living Water team at Fonterra I spent 27 years with the Department of Conservation in a wide variety of roles from Field Ranger to Area Manager. My experience includes biodiversity restoration, pest control, infrastructure project management, and working with rural communities. I’m excited about the work we’re doing with Living Water, to demonstrate how dairying and caring for the environment can go hand in hand.

Dion patterson

I am the DOC Operations Ranger responsible for the Pukorokoro-Miranda Living Water project.  I have a broad of range of conservation experience built over 25 years with the department.  I see the DOC/Fonterra partnership as a great opportunity to achieve positive catchment and biodiversity restoration outcomes for landowners, community and in particular, global conservation benefits to migratory shorebirds that rely on the Pukorokoro-Miranda (Firth of Thames) habitat.  My spare time usually sees me pottering around a small lifestyle block, hunting, fishing and introducing my young family to the outdoors.