Waikato men vie for DairyNZ spot
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.