Dirk arrived from Holland, where he learned to sail, in 1974 and settled in Whitianga where he learned to fish and dive. He has been a keen water sports enthusiast ever since.
His farming career was interrupted by a 10-year stay in the Solomon Islands, where Dirk and wife Kathy successfully set up and ran a game fishing and diving operation.
As part of his dairy farming operation, Dirk is combining conservation with profitable farming and has a continuing programme of retiring and covenanting significant areas of land.
Dirk has been a Thames Coromandel District Councillor and is currently a Fonterra Shareholders Councillor. He’s passionate about the Hauraki Gulf, not least because recreational angling features large in his retirement plan…