Wairarapa Water Limited is committed to building a trusted Wairarapa Company.

WWL evolved out of an agreed transition from the GWRC Investigation Phase of water storage options in the Wairarapa to being led locally by a limited liability company set up to implement the project with backing by central and regional government in partnership with LTAs and Iwi.

A simple Limited Liability Company now, the future Company structure will be evolved to meet the expectations of the wider Wairarapa community. 

Meet the team


Robyn Wells Robyn WellsCEO

Robyn Wells has an extensive career in executive and management roles in USA and Australia, primarily in the cooperative-based renewable fuels industry. She was chief executive of North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC) from 2010 to 2019. She took up the role of CE of WWL in September 2019.

Our Board

WWL has a board of four directors who bring a mix of government, governance, rural and commercial experience..

Tim Lusk Tim LuskChair, Infrastructure Development and Governance

A professional engineer with over 50 years’ experience in the NZ infrastructure development, construction, energy and telecommunications industries. This includes senior executive positions in McConnell Dowell International, Transpower NZ Ltd., Telecom NZ Ltd., and Meridian Energy. Recent directorships include Meridian Energy, Enable Networks Ltd, Environmental Protection Authority and Transpower NZ Ltd. Tim lives in Martinborough.

Bob Francis Bob FrancisDeputy Chair, Local & Central Government and Governance

Extensive leadership and governance roles over 50 years internationally, nationally and regionally including 21 years Mayor Masterton District Council. Past board memberships include Works and Development Corp, Director Skill NZ, NZ Fire Commission and UCOL Council. Leadership roles in health included chair Wairarapa DHB, member Capital & Coast DHB. Large number of regional roles and extensive background leading events. Bob lives in Masterton.

John Stevenson John StevensonFarming and Governance

A fifth generation Wairarapa dairy farmer with a Bachelor of Commerce in Management. He worked at Police National Headquarters within the employment and industrial relations fields for a number of years before returning home to the family farm. Represents the Wairarapa ward on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council. John lives in rural Carterton.

Colin Oldfield Colin OldfieldIndustry and Governance

Twenty years as managing director of Oldfield Group Limited, a large roading contracting company, before the sale to Higgins Group Limited. Chair of the Wairarapa Building Society, and currently holds several directorships including ForsythMorison Limited, Glendonald Farm Limited, Wedgelock Equipment Limited, Renalls (2004) Limited and formerly Infratrain and Roading NZ with time as Chairperson. Colin lives in Masterton.

Richard Hegan Richard HeganIndependent Director

An Independent Director and Primary Sector Consultant, Richard has had a 30 year banking and finance career including 10 years specifically developing Irrigation scheme and infrastructure funding terms. His most recent executive position was General Manager Rural at ASB – leading a team of 200 across New Zealand. He has a deep passion for and connection to the farming sector. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a director of Mitre 10 MEGA in Hamilton. Richard lives in Christchurch.