Many readers might not know that I made my opinion writing name by regularly, but not exclusively, criticising the dairy industry. Considering I started my column (nearly a decade ago) in Taranaki, this made me unpopular quite quickly.

My focus in particular was on dairy's role in New Zealand's ongoing water quality problems. I was earnest, factual, and doggedly dedicated to taking sometimes quite complex science/policy and making it easily digestible to the average citizen.

While time has shown that my efforts haven't changed the water crisis game markedly, I helped to raise public awareness around the issues facing