Under the requirements of B+LNZ’s Constitution, two electoral district directors must retire by rotation at the Annual Meeting but may stand for re-election.
At the 2021 meeting, Martin Coup (Northern North Island) and Phil Smith (Northern South Island) will retire and nominations are invited for both these vacancies. Martin and Phil will both be seeking re-election.
The director elections are an important part of ensuring the B+LNZ Board represents the interests of farmers and nominations are sought from farmers willing to use their experience and views to help set B+LNZ’s strategic direction.
Written remits for the 2021 Annual Meeting are also being accepted. Remits that, if passed at the meeting would not be binding on the organisation, require the signature of 10 farmers who are registered on the B+LNZ electoral roll. Remits that, if passed at the meeting, would be binding on B+LNZ, require the signature of at least 1000 farmers registered or five percent of the total number of registered farmers, whichever is the lesser.
All nominations and written remits must be made on official forms. These and other information about the elections are available by:
Voting will be conducted by postal and internet voting. Voting papers and any remits will be sent to all farmers on the B+LNZ electoral roll. To check if you’re on the electoral roll please contact B+LNZ on 0800 233 352. Farmers can vote in person on company resolutions and remits only, at the Annual Meeting.
To be eligible to vote in the B+LNZ director elections and for Annual Meeting remits (if any), a livestock farmer must, on 30 June 2020, have owned at least 250 sheep or 50 beef cattle, or 100 dairy cattle. Voters must farm within the respective electorate to be eligible to vote for the Board of Directors and be on the B+LNZ electoral roll and meet the minimum livestock threshold.
- Friday 11 December 2020 (5pm) – nominations and remits must be received by the Returning Officer.
- Friday 15 January 2021 (5pm) – electoral roll closes.
- Monday 1 February 2021 – voting papers posted to farmers.
- Friday 12 March 2021 (2pm) – election day – Board elections close, and postal and electronic voting for company resolution and remits close.
- Wednesday 17 March 2021 – Annual Meeting (confirmation of details will be available nearer the time).
Questions about the B+LNZ elections should be directed to Returning Officer Warwick Lampp on 0800 666 049, while questions about Annual Meeting remits should be directed to B+LNZ Chief Operating Officer Cros Spooner on 0800 233 352.
For more information, please contact B+LNZ’s Senior Communications Advisor Katie Jans on 027 838 6353.