- Farm systems management, animal production and soil sciences
- Diploma in Adult Teaching from Massey University
Rodger holds tertiary qualification in farm systems management, animal production and soil sciences and a Diploma in Adult Teaching from Massey University.
Rodger has a farming background and currently runs an agricultural contracting and consultancy service which specialises in farm management, animal production and soil fertility.
His career has also taken him into local Government where he worked as Emergency Manager Principal Rural Fire Officer for the Kapiti Coast District Council. In this role he received commendations from the NZ Police and Local Government for effective safe leadership in emergency response situations.
The outdoors have been a major influence in his life where he spent much time tramping and mountaineering throughout New Zealand. Rodger has also played a leadership role as an Instructor in bush-craft mountaineering and abseiling for Mountain Safety Council.