Southern South Island director election result

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Southland sheep and beef farmer Geoffrey Young has been elected to the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Board.

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In the election as part of the 2023 B+LNZ Annual Meeting process, Mr Young received 8,777 weighted votes while incumbent director and chair Andrew Morrison received 6,587 votes – a winning margin of 2,190 votes.

Turnout in the Southern South Island director election was 36 percent. The Southern South Island electorate covers the Southland region and Clutha district.

Mr Morrison’s term will conclude at the end of the B+LNZ annual meeting in New Plymouth on Thursday 30 March and the Board will elect a new Chair following the meeting.

At the same time, Mr Morrison’s term with the New Zealand Meat Board will conclude and that Board will elect a new Chair following the B+LNZ Annual Meeting.

The farmer director election in the Eastern North Island (ENI) electorate was postponed following the significant disruption caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.

A new process and deadline for voting for the ENI farmer director role will be announced following the Annual Meeting.

Current ENI director George Tatham, who planned to stand down after nine years, will continue in the role until the rescheduled election is completed.


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