Today, nominations have opened for two Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) director roles and one role on B+LNZ’s Directors Independent Remuneration Committee (DIRC), and the call has gone out for farmer remits for the 2020 Annual Meeting.
Under the requirements of B+LNZ’s Constitution, two electoral district directors are required to retire by rotation and are permitted to seek re-election. This year, George Tatham (Eastern North Island) and Andrew Morrison (Southern South Island) must retire by rotation, but may stand for re-election.
George Tatham and Andrew Morrison have both advised that they will be seeking re-election in 2020.
The experience, views, and input of our directors are vital in setting Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s strategic direction, and farmers are encouraged to put up their hand to be nominated and vote in the director elections.
Nominations are also being called to fill one role on the DIRC. Bruce Wills, an existing member of the DIRC, will retire by rotation and has indicated that he will seek re-election.
All nominations and remits must be made on official forms and received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019.
Voting papers and any remits will be sent to all farmers who appear on the B+LNZ electoral roll. The electoral roll will close at 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020. Farmers can check in advance if they are on the roll by contacting B+LNZ on 0800 233 352.
Voting will be conducted by postal and internet voting, with voting papers being posted to farmers on the B+LNZ electoral roll. All voting for B+LNZ and DIRC elections will close on election day, and postal and internet voting for company resolutions and farmer remits closes on the same date, Friday 20 March 2020 at 2pm.
Farmers will, however, be able to vote in person on company resolutions and remits only at the Annual Meeting.
B+LNZ’s Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held in the Western North Island district on the week of 23 March 2020, with the final date and venue to be confirmed.
Farmers must farm within the relevant electorate to be eligible to vote for the Board of Directors vacancies. The DIRC vote is, however, open to all livestock farmers on the B+LNZ electoral roll who meet the minimum livestock threshold. To be eligible to vote in these elections, submit Annual Meeting Remits, and vote for company resolutions, a livestock farmer must have owned at least 250 sheep, or 50 beef cattle, or 100 dairy cattle, on 30 June 2019.
Questions regarding B+LNZ elections should be directed to returning officer Warwick Lampp on 0800 666 040, while questions regarding Annual Meeting remits should be directed to B+LNZ chief operating officer Cros Spooner on 0800 233 352.