Deer Industry NZ (DINZ) has a new chair, Hawke’s Bay deer vet and farmer Ian Walker, and three new board members, Mark Harris, Kris Orange and Tony Cochrane.
Orange and Cochrane replace Clive Jermy and Colin Stevenson who did not stand for re-selection. Harris replaces Andy MacFarlane who, as planned, stood down after one year of his three-year term. MacFarlane had been DINZ chair for seven years.
Orange and Harris were selected by the NZ Deer Farmers Association Selection and Appointments Panel (SAP) and Tony Cochrane was elected by the velvet and co-products industry. Orange and Cochrane will serve for three years and Harris, two years.
The DINZ chair was elected by members of the new board which – in addition to the new appointees – includes existing producer members William Oliver and Ian Walker; and venison marketing company members Dean Hamilton (Silver Fern Farms), Danny Hailes (Alliance) and Glenn Tyrrell (Duncan NZ). Walker is currently on an overseas holiday, returning in late July.