Bob Diprose

1954 to 1958

Bob started at Matamata Intermediate when it was on the college campus and continued his Secondary education here for five years.  He passed School Cert in 1956, University Entrance in 1957 and Higher School Certificate in 1958.  Bob won a scholarship to Lincoln University in 1958.


At College he was involved in all sports:  1st 15 Rugby, 1st II Cricket, Athletics team and any other code that required a player!


Bob headed for Lincoln University on leaving school and graduated with a B Ag Sc degree.


He has had a diverse working career  starting as a Farm Advisor then getting into Consultancy, Lecturing etc.  A full summary of Bob’s career follows:


1963                                                            Graduated Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree                                                                                                       Lincoln University – Canterbury

1963 – 1968                                             Farm Advisory Officer.  NZ Dept of Agriculture Tauranga and Morrinsville

1968 – 1977                                             Agricultural Management Consultant

G P McGowan and Associates – Australia

  • Assignments throughout Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland
  • 1971 – several months assignment in Iran


1978 – 1982                                            Senior Lecturer in Farm Management                                                                                                                                     Lincoln University

1983 – 1985                                            Secretary/Economist – NZ Meat Industry Association                                                                                                   Wellington

Secretary – Meat Exporters Council of NZ

Secretary – NZ Bacon Curers Association NZ


1986 – 2001                                            Executive Director

  • Poultry Industry Association of NZ Inc
  • Egg Producers Federation of NZ Inc
  • NZ Feed Manufacturers Association Inc


1987                                                            Established NZ Guild of Food Writers

2002 -2004                                              Consultant – Egg Producers Federation

After these many years of a very interesting career Bob retired in 2005.

He has travelled extensively during his working life to USA, UK, France, Germany (East and West), Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia (lived there 1968-77), Philippines, India, Iran (worked  for three months in 1973 when the Shah was still in power) and other Pacific locations on holiday.

Bob has shared his knowledge and been an integral part of the following organisations:

  • MAF(Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) Biosecurity Consultative Forum
  • MAF Agriculture Security Consultative Committee (ASCC)
  • MAF National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC)
  • MAF Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Advisory Council (AVMAC)
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Consultative Committee (ABWCC)
  • MAF Animal Compounds/Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Industry Liaison Group
  • MAF Antibiotic Review Steering Committee
  • Arable Food Industry Council of NZ
  • MOH (Ministry of Health) Steering Group – Enteric Zoonotic Disease Research in NZ
  • Primary Industry Alternate Member of the Biosecurity Council – Ministerial Appointment
  • NZ Institute of Management
  • NZ Business Planning Society
  • NZ Employers Federation – Wellington Council


He has retired to the Bethlehem Country Club in Tauranga but obviously never rests.  Bob is the Past President of Lincoln University Alumni, been involved in Rotary and Probus and is an active member of the Tauranga Golf Club as well as being part of the Club’s administration.


Bob has a daughter Bridgit in Auckland and son Sean in Wellington plus a granddaughter, Morgan.