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2017 AGM News – Father of HWP hangs up his tie after 17 long years

The 2017 AGM was held at the Waikari Memorial Hall on 22 November 2017.

Long-term Director and Mike Hodgen formally resigned from the HWP Board of Directors at the 2017 AGM.

Referred to by many as the father of the Hurunui Water Project, Mike along with Dougal Norrie and Max Smith were the original forward-thinking farmers with the vision for a more sustainable, drought-proof and prosperous farming community in North Canterbury.

Mike initiated the entity, the Hurunui Irrigation and Power Trust of original founding shareholders, teaming up with David Teece, Ngai Tahu Farming and MainPower to begin investigations into storing irrigation water for the district. Mike became a Director of the Hurunui Water Project on its incorporation in 2008 and continued to take the young Company on the long journey to where it is today.

Mike was thanked by the Board and applauded by all present at the AGM for his tireless work over the past 17 years.

Bruce Emson, former CEO of MainPower also resigned as HWP’s MainPower-appointed Director – MainPower Director Graeme Abbot is to take his place.

Omihi farmer Tim Banks was appointed as HWP’s seventh current Director.

Mike Hodgen