Fresh face now lead­ing Mata­mata feds

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - REXINE HAWES

Stew Wadey, well known for his ad­vo­cacy for the rural sec­tor, has stood down from his role as chair­man of Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers.

He is also stand­ing down from sev­eral elected po­si­tions within Fed­er­ated Farm­ers New Zealand.

Wadey has been a voice on Fed­er­ated Farm­ers for over 16 years.

As Wadey steps down, for­mer vice chair­man Ben Moore has taken his place.

Wadey be­came in­volved with Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers in 2001, shortly af­ter he and his fam­ily moved to Buck­land Rd.

He spent 14 years on the ex­ec­u­tive board of Fed­er­ated Farm­ers of New Zealand (Waikato 1998) Inc, as ju­nior vice then pres­i­dent in 2008-2011.

He also held the trea­surer for five years.

He still holds a place as a mem­ber of Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, and is ex­cited to see what Moore will bring to the ta­ble.

‘‘Some quite rightly de­served to re­tire,’’ Wadey says.

‘‘Thank­fully we still have good peo­ple will­ing to come for­ward and be counted to ensure a work- role of able bu­reau­cratic en­vi­ron­ment for farm­ing busi­nesses.

‘‘Fed­er­ated Farm­ers mem­bers of our district are for­tu­nate to have the next gen­er­a­tion of rural lead­ers com­ing through.

‘‘Peo­ple that are pre­pared to stand up for a fair and eq­ui­table play­ing field in pro­duc­ing vi­tal ex­port earn­ing pri­mary prod­uct.’’

Moore has a farm in Oko­roire, where he lives with wife Lizzy and their chil­dren Henry and Ara­bella.

When Wadey an­nounced his re­tire­ment as chair­man, he sug­gested Moore ‘‘come into the breach’’.

Moore has spent the past year learn­ing from Wadey.

‘‘I am pretty im­pa­tient and young, and there are pro­cesses and poli­cies to fol­low in Fed­er­ated Farm­ers,’’ said Moore.

‘‘With Stew, I have learned to slow down and take a back seat, get the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion, think about it and then act.

‘‘I just want to do more for the com­mu­nity and it’s nice to be do­ing that.’’

At 30, Moore says he is one of the youngest mem­bers of Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers.

But he only sees that as a ben­e­fit.

‘‘I be­lieve we need more young peo­ple in lead­er­ship roles, learn­ing from our el­ders.

‘‘They have knowl­edge and we need it.

‘‘The older guys need to ac­knowl­edge that fact, and let us into those roles.’’

STEPH BELL-JENK­INS

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Fed­er­ated Farm­ers vice chair Ben Moore. In­set: Out­go­ing Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers chair­man, Stew Wadey.

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