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Voting opens in B+LNZ director elections, Annual Report 2018 released

Voting is now open in Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) 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.
Monday, 11 February 2019

“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’s 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.

As only one nomination was received from David Nelson for the Directors Independent Remuneration Committee, no election is required, and no written remits were submitted for the Annual meeting.

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 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 is also now available on the B+LNZ website ahead of the Annual Meeting. 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.


For more information please contact B+LNZ’s Senior Communications Advisor Gwynn Compton on 027 838 6353.

Note for Editors: Candidate profiles are available for Scott Gower and Andrew Stewart in Western North Island and Nicky Hyslop and Bill Wright in Central South Island.

Explanatory notes for the two resolutions being presented at the Annual Meeting are also available here.