A media release announcing A call for B+LNZ Director nominations and 2024 Annual Meeting remits was announced on 9th November
Nominations are open for two Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) director roles in the Northern South Island and Northern North Island.
Under the requirements of B+LNZ’s Constitution, current directors Martin Coup (Northern North Island) and Kate Acland (Northern South Island) must retire by rotation at the 2024 Annual Meeting. Kate Acland (Northern South Island) has indicated that she will be standing for re-election.
The board farewells Martin Coup (Northern North Island) who has announced he will be retiring after six years as a director and will not stand for re-election.
Director elections are an important part of ensuring the B+LNZ Board represents the interests of farmers. It is a rewarding role that allows the successful candidate to be at the grassroots of discussions and decision making.
Farmers who are keen to apply their knowledge and experience are encouraged to put themselves forward. The successful candidates for these Director positions will also be appointed to the Board of Directors for the New Zealand Meat Board.
Written remits for the 2024 Annual Meeting, which will take place on 19 March in Nelson, are also being accepted.
Remits are a statement submitted for consideration that seeks changes to policy or is a matter of major interest or concern for sheep and beef producers.
All nominations and written remits must be made on official forms and received by the Returning Officer (nominations) or B+LNZ (remits) by 5pm on Friday 8 December.
Where to access forms and information
Nomination forms and information regarding the elections are available:
Remit information, including the remits policy and guidelines, and the remit form, are available from B+LNZ:
- at www.beeflambnz.com/about/corporate-documents
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- or phoning 0800 233 352.
To be eligible to vote in the B+LNZ director elections and for annual meeting resolutions and remits (if any) a livestock farmer must, on 30 June 2023, have owned at least 250 sheep, or 50 beef cattle, or 100 dairy cattle and be on the B+LNZ electoral roll. Voters must farm within the respective electorate to be eligible to vote for the Board of Directors.
Farmers who have previously received voting papers are on the electoral roll and do not need to re-register. To check if you are on the electoral roll contact B+LNZ on 0800 233 352.
Voting will be conducted by postal and internet voting, with voting papers posted to all farmers on the B+LNZ electoral roll in mid-February. The electoral roll will close for those who wish to vote by post at 5pm on Friday 19 January 2024, although new registrations will be received after that date (for online voting only).
B+LNZ Board elections will close on election day and postal and electronic voting for company resolutions and remits will close on the same date, Wednesday 13 March 2024 at 2pm.
Summary of key dates
- Friday 8 December 2023: nominations must be received by Returning Officer, and remits by B+LNZ, by 5pm
- Friday 19 January 2024: electoral roll closes at 5pm for those who wish to vote by post (registrations received after this date will be for online voting only)
- Tuesday 13 February 2024: voting papers expected to be posted to farmers
- Wednesday 13 March 2024: Board elections close, and postal and electronic voting for resolutions and remits closes at 2pm
- Tuesday 19 March 2024 – annual meeting held
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