This is the final post from MeatExportNZ as we close down the website for good today.
Thanks for reading and your support over the past seven years. If you’re a regular, you’ll know the reasons were explained in my last PrimeCut column. Suffice to say it was a difficult but realistic decision, but now I’m looking forward to new challenges in 2020. MeatExportNZ will still have a presence online for the time being. After extended leave, I’ll probably still be writing about the sector and will still be on Twitter, though it will be a personal feed.
There’s no doubt this sector’s challenges will certainly keep the leadership team busy in the coming year. The red meat sector’s Brexit representative Jeff Grant will be a key player in 2020 during what could be some tricky negotiations with the UK. Government policy-making around climate change will also continue to concern, vex and test ingenuity.
I was delighted that women are now stepping up and becoming more visible in the red meat sector workforce and look forward to them taking leadership spots in coming years. We now have a new New Zealand chapter of Meat Business Women, thanks to Ashley Hall formerly with B+LNZ Inc, now moved to Australian Pork, but still heading up the World Butchers’ Challenge on behalf of New Zealand. I’ve been writing a Women in Meat series, profiling some likely leadership contenders. Special mention for Mel Poulton who has taken on the Special Agricultural Trade Envoy role from Mike Petersen, who retired from that role earlier this year.
The only other leadership change in the past year has been Deer Industry NZ CEO Dan Coup moved on to the QEII Trust in October and has been replaced by Innes Moffat, a stalwart at DINZ who is already well known in the sector.
Things should really start to get interesting as we enter a New Zealand election year, with two new TMOs for the red meat team in the form of Todd Muller (National Party) and Mark Patterson (NZ First).
So there’s a good team ready to get going in 2020. Keep up the good work and good luck to you all.
Safe journeys to holiday destinations, where I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful time with family and friends.
Warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.