Farmers in the Central South Island have elected Cave farmer, Bill Wright as their farmer director on the boards of Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ Ltd) and the New Zealand Meat Board.
The election was contested by Timaru farmer, John Gregan.
Electionz.com who conducted the election said 3,806 votes were cast for John Gregan and 6,369 were cast for Bill Wright. Those who voted represented about 32 per cent of sheep, 38 per cent of dairy and 32 per cent of beef livestock numbers in the district.
Bill Wright replaces retiring Central South Island director Anne Munro who served two three year terms on the Beef + Lamb New Zealand and New Zealand Meat Boards.
B+LNZ is preparing for its annual meeting and Northland Farming Showcase, featuring virtual tours of three distinctly different properties that have have had significant involvement with the organisation, will take place tomorrow in Waitangi. Also included in the programme will be a presentation from Rangitane Marsden, the chief executive of Ngai Takoto, who will talk about his Iwi’s vison and aspirations for the future of Maori farming in Northland.