Farm­ers urged to be at Fon­terra road­show

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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