Waikato men vie for DairyNZ spot

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Five peo­ple, in­clud­ing two Waikato res­i­dents, are all vy­ing for one farmer-elected di­rec­tor po­si­tion on the DairyNZ board.

The five farm­ers seek­ing a four year term as a DairyNZ di­rec­tor are Jim van der Poel and Dirk Siel­ing both from the Waikato and Donna Smit from the Bay of Plenty, Mur­ray Jamieson from North­land and Greg Maughan from the Manawatu.

The elec­tion fol­lows the res­ig­na­tion of Taranaki farmer Bar­bara Kuriger, who stood down to run suc­cess­fully as the Na­tional Party can­di­date for the Taranaki-King Coun­try elec­torate.

Vot­ing in the di­rec­tor elec­tion opened on Septem­ber 16.

Re­sults will be an­nounced at DairyNZ’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 16.

Re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, War­wick Lampp of elec­tionz, is en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers to have their say.

‘‘You can vote via the in­ter­net, post or by fax – or in per­son at the AGM,’’ he said

‘‘It’s quick and easy. It would be great to see a strong voter turnout this time.’’

He said the gen­eral turnout for DairyNZ di­rec­tor elec­tions av­er­age around 20 per cent, although for this year’s milk­solids levy vote the or­gan­i­sa­tion got a 60 per cent turnout.

‘‘Hope­fully, for this elec­tion, farm­ers’ aware­ness of how easy it is to vote should be higher be­cause we’ve just had the levy vote in May,’’ Lampp said

‘‘If any­one has any queries or doesn’t re­ceive their voter pack by the end of Septem­ber they can con­tact us at elec­tions@elec­tionz. com or tele­phone 0508 666 337,’’ he said.

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