Bernie Rowe


Bernie Rowe is Chairman of MRC Trust.  He has been interested in the primary sector for many years principally involved in the production of and packing of cherries for export and the domestic market.  He also has interests in a vineyard and in forestry.

Bernie was born in Marlborough and studied at the University of Canterbury completing his LL.B degree.  He returned to Blenheim in 1981 for lifestyle and became a partner in the law firm Gascoigne Wicks in 1982.  


Edwin Pitts

Edwin is Chairman of the MRC Board.  A former Awatere Valley high country farmer, then commercial olive grower he has also worked for the Centre as a technician, involved with many practical aspects of viticulture as well as field collection, preparation of materials and lab analysis.

After a lifetime of self-employment, business management, agri-politics and governance positions in science and education, Edwin is enjoying less hands on responsibilities with a broader interest in the exciting possibilities presenting in Marlborough's future.


Ivan Sutherland

Ivan has extensive experience in the grape and wine sector.  He has been involved with Wine Marlborough the unified local grape and wine organisations since its establishment.  He was the founding chairman for the Marlborough Wine Research Centre Board established In 2003 now MRC Board.

Graduated from Lincoln University in 1972 with a VFM, he entered the wine industry in 1979, being one of the earlier private pioneers of the Marlborough viticulture industry.

Over a period of many years he established his own vineyards on selected sites in the Wairau and Southern Valleys. In 1986 Ivan joined Cloudy Bay in its establishment years as their viticulturist, a position he held for 18 years.

In 2002 he established the Dog Point label in partnership with James Healy.