Di­rec­tors elected to Hort NZ Board

Ber­na­dine Guilleux has been newly elected to the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand Board and Mike Smith has been re-elected af­ter four wellqual­i­fied can­di­dates con­tested two va­cant roles.

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Wel­come Bay ki­wifruit grower Mike Smith of­fered him­self for re-elec­tion and Ber­na­dine Guilleux, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Balle Bros in Auck­land, is a first-time can­di­date.

“We had four very strong can­di­dates but there were only two po­si­tions on the board and Mike and Ber­na­dine se­cured the high­est votes,” Ju­lian Raine says. “Mike has al­ready made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the board and we are thrilled to see him have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue that.

“Ber­na­dine, who has been im­mersed in hor­ti­cul­ture since child­hood and has an im­pres­sive CV, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, will bring a new per­spec­tive to the board.

“We were con­scious the board was all male, so it was great to see three women put their names for­ward for this elec­tion, with Ber­na­dine be­ing suc­cess­ful.

“The board’s goal is that its mem­ber­ship em­braces the di­ver­sity of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s grower mem­bers.”

Mike Smith has been in­volved in the ki­wifruit in­dus­try for 20 years and cur­rently grows ki­wifruit in Wel­come Bay, near Tau­ranga. He has been a Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand direc­tor since 2015. He is fo­cused on levy pay­ers get­ting value for their levy, and be­ing able to see that value.

Ber­na­dine Guilleux has been im­mersed in hor­ti­cul­ture since child­hood, as her fa­ther and his broth­ers es­tab­lished their Balle Bros op­er­a­tion in Pukekohe, where she is cur­rently the group’s mar­ket­ing man­ager. She is fo­cused on earn­ing true en­gage­ment from all New Zealan­ders who en­joy fresh, healthy food.

Di­rec­tors are elected for a three-year term and Mike’s and Ber­na­dine’s new term starts af­ter Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s an­nual meet­ing in July.

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