Farmers urged to be at Fonterra roadshow
South Waikato Fonterra Shareholders Council member Ian Brown says the upcoming Fonterra Director Roadshow is a great opportunity for farmers to meet director candidates and ask them tough questions before they cast their votes.
The week-long roadshow, which will be in Matamata and Te Awamutu on December 3, provides Fonterra farmers with the opportunity to meet, question and listen to the contenders for Fonterra’s top table.
Mr Brown said: ‘‘This year’s director election is an important one for the cooperative.
‘‘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 co-op.’’
Mr Brown said it was vital that shareholders understood which of the candidates was best placed to help the co-op get to where it needed to be.
‘‘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 Brown said that to ensure the roadshow remained a fixture in their area it was 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.’’
Director candidates include Blue Read, Donna Smit, Grant Rowan, Jan Marten Kingma, Michael Spaans, Eric Ray, Grant Cochrane, Jacqueline Rowarth, Lachie Cameron and incumbents John Wilson and Nicola Shadbolt.
The roadshows will be at Daltons Plantation in Matamata on December 3 from 1.30pm, and at the Te Awamutu Sports and Recreation Club from 7.30pm.