Alison Dewes

Tipu Whenua 

Tipu Whenua represents a new shift. It integrates a diversity of cutting edge knowledge systems to be New Zealand's leading advisory service on "One Health" - sustainable agriculture.

Tipu Whenua represents the reintegration of life and land in search of new solutions to ensure the future generations survival and wellbeing.

A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. 

Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. 

Alison has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and is on the National Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp. 

She was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy. 


  • BVSc. MSc.
  • Cert IV adult education (Melb)
  • SNM, ASNM (Massey)



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