Nominations are now open for two (Eastern North Island and Southern South Island) Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) director roles.
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 March 2023 meeting, George Tatham (Farmer Director – Eastern North Island) will step down and not seek re-election, while Tony Egan retired from the board as an Industry Director in March this year. Andrew Morrison (Chairman and Farmer Director – Southern South Island) has indicated he will be seeking re-election in 2023.
Director elections are an important part of ensuring the B+LNZ Board represents the interests of farmers and Tatham and Egan are encouraging farmers who are keen to apply their knowledge and experience to put themselves forward.
“After nine years I feel like it’s the right time to give the opportunity to someone else with fresh ideas and enthusiasm,” says Tatham, who will stand down after serving three full terms.
“It’s been a fantastic experience for me and working with farmers to improve the sector we’re all so proud of is hugely rewarding.”
Having owned a farm in the Wairarapa for 20 years, Tatham knows the importance of farmers having strong representation.
“B+LNZ is critical to sheep and beef farmers, so it’s important that candidates have an absolute passion for the industry and for representing the interests of our levy payers.” he says.
“B+LNZ supports farmers through change and is fully focused on advocating for them, which is so important as we face more challenges through Government legislation and consumer expectations.”
Meanwhile Egan, who joined the B+LNZ board in March 2019, enjoyed working with people who have the same passion for the sector as he does.
“B+LNZ’s staff’s passion and commitment is clear, and I fully appreciate the importance of B+LNZ to our sector,” he says.
“The role has broadened my outlook on the challenges we are facing together, while meeting some great people and making friends along the way. I’m sure the successful candidate will find the role really rewarding and I wish them all the best.”
Notice of elections and call for annual meeting remits
Nominations are now open for two B+LNZ director roles (Eastern North Island and Southern South Island) and written remits for the 2023 Annual Meeting are being accepted. Director elections are an important part of ensuring the B+LNZ Board represents the interests of farmers.
All nominations and remits must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on 9 December 2022.