Next Farm is developing platforms for farm monitoring and control starting with water and irrigation management. Our solutions are designed to enhance management practices and streamline labour input.


Our story

From our humble beginnings in a dairy paddock the problem of irrigation control was something that was faced on nearly a daily basis. This is where the idea behind Next Farm arose…

Our story
Our solutions

Our solutions

Next Farm’s products utilise integrated farm sensor technology with cloud based dashboards that allow farmers to operate, manage and understand farm resources from the computer desktop or a mobile device.


The Team

  • Jon has two decades of experience producing SaaS products for established software companies and IT start-ups. He brings to the Next Farm team considerable technical capability and a history of developing scalable, user-focused solutions for the agriculture industry.

    Jon Dean, Technical Manager
  • Steph is an active member of the NZ Angel community via Angel HQ in Wellington, and has a wide range of investment interests encompassing tech, biotech, ag-tech and fintech.  After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington (BSc and BA) she worked in various areas of the financial services industry for over 15 years in both Australia and London.  Farmers, horse trainers and rural bankers abound throughout her whanau.

    Steph Haworth, Board Member
  • Simon has spent the past 14 years working as a farm consultant with extensive industry networks including experience with irrigation development and research projects.  His experience in developing on farm and business strategy, combined with facilitation roles are some of the skills he brings to Next Farm.

    Simon Glennie, Board Chair
  • Hayden has considerable experience in the development of agricultural-based businesses having developed a large export company around agricultural machinery. He is, or has been, a director of a number of companies across a range of industries, including agriculture, IT, software development, professional consultancy, and property.

    Hayden Cawte, Board Member
  • Aaron is a Stanford University graduate with both a technical and agricultural background. Aaron has prior experience in running his own company as well as being involved with several start-up opportunities and VC firms in Silicon Valley. He brings his knowledge of the agritech industry plus his understanding of the unique challenges faced by start-ups to the Next Farm team.

    Aaron Furrer, Board Member