Voting is now open in Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ Ltd)’s two director elections for its Western North Island and Central South Island districts as well as for two resolutions to be presented at the Annual Meeting.
“Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Board plays an important role in shaping the direction of the sector and our farmer directors are a vital link between the organisation and sheep and beef farmers across the country. It’s great to see farmers putting up their hands in both districts to contest the elections as it demonstrates the value they see in contributing to help lead the sector,” says B+LNZ chairman Andrew Morrison.
“With voting documents arriving in mailboxes in the coming days, I encourage farmers to take the time to consider the candidates standing in both districts as well as the resolutions for the Annual meeting and cast their votes by 2pm Friday 15 March 2019.”
In Western North Island, Scott Gower of Ohura and Andrew Stewart of Marton are standing to replace outgoing Director Kirsten Bryant, who is not seeking re-election.
In Central South Island Nicky Hyslop of Timaru and incumbent Director Bill Wright of Cave are standing.
To be eligible to vote, a livestock farmer must, on 30 June 2018, have owned at least:
- 250 sheep, or
- 50 beef cattle, or
- 100 dairy cattle
Once farmers have received their voting packs, they can vote either online at http://www.electionz.com/blnz2019/ or by returning their voting papers by mail. If farmers are returning their voting papers by mail, it is recommended that these are put in the post no later than Friday 8 March 2019 so they reach the Returning Officer before the close of voting at 2pm Friday 15 March 2019.
For the two resolutions to be presented at B+LNZ’s Annual Meeting on Thursday 21 March 2019 in Timaru, farmers are able to vote on these resolutions in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting too, with full details about this in the voting packs being sent to farmers on B+LNZ’s electoral roll across the country.
B+LNZ’s 2018 Annual Report (right) is also now available on the B+LNZ website ahead of the Annual Meeting and can be found at https://beeflambnz.com/annualreport2018. Along with the organisation’s financial statements, the Annual Report surveys the wide range of work B+LNZ undertook on behalf of farmers in the past financial year.