Quiz your co-op can­di­dates

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Mata­mata Fon­terra Share­hold­ers’ coun­cil­lor Grant Wills says the up­com­ing Fon­terra Di­rec­tor Road­show is a great op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to look di­rec­tor can­di­dates in the eye and ask them the tough ques­tions be­fore they cast their votes in the Fon­terra elec­tions.

The week-long road­show, which comes to Mata­mata on De­cem­ber 3 at 1.30pm at Dal­tons Plan­ta­tion, pro­vides Fon­terra farm­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to meet, ques­tion and lis­ten to the con­tenders for Fon­terra’s top ta­ble.

‘‘This year’s di­rec­tor elec­tions is an im­por­tant one for the co­op­er­a­tive,’’ Mr Wills said.

‘‘We have 11 can­di­dates vy­ing for three seats on the board and there is guar­an­teed to be at least one new di­rec­tor elected.

‘‘It is share­hold­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to make an in­formed de­ci­sion that ben­e­fits their coop.’’

Mr Wills be­lieves it is vi­tal that share­hold­ers un­der­stand which of the can­di­dates is best placed to help the coop get to where it needs to be and that at­tend­ing the road­show will help.

‘‘Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the road­show is also a part of demon­strat­ing our right of own­er­ship and con­trol, and I en­cour­age share­hold­ers to con­tinue their en­gage­ment with their co-op by at­tend­ing the meet­ing.’’

Mr Wills says that to en­sure the road­show re­mains a fix­ture in their area it is im­por­tant for lo­cal share­hold­ers to sup­port it.

‘‘Share­hold­ers have asked for the meet­ing, we have re­ceived it and if we want to keep it here we have to get there in num­bers. There are 11 meet­ings through­out the coun­try so we are for­tu­nate to have one in Mata­mata,’’ Mr Wills says.

Grant Wills

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