referendum 2020 draft | Beef + Lamb New Zealand

referendum 2020 draft

This year’s referendum is your chance to have a say on the future of our industry.

B+LNZ Referendum Roadshow

We’re running a series of events around the country to provide farmers with an update on B+LNZ work and our referendum offer.

Come along to an event near you to find out about how your levies are invested across our work programmes – speakers and topics will vary by location so check the list in your area to find out more. (Note that times shown include time for refreshments and discussion. Farming for Profit events are longer and more structured.)

B+LNZ Directors and key staff will also be present – this is your opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback on what’s important to you. 

Find an event in your region and register today. If you can’t attend an event in person, join our national webinar on Wednesday 30 June at 7pm. Register here.

Northern North Island
Eastern North Island
Mid Northern North Island
Western North Island
Northern South Island
Central South Island
Southern South Island
We’ll be holding a webinar if you’re unable to attend an event. Join B+LNZ 's Chairman Andrew Morrison and Nicky Hyslop (Farmer Director for CSI) online on Wednesday 30 June 7pm, to find out how your levies are being invested across our work programmes and what you're voting on in the referendum. Watch webinar recording here
Other industry events
B+LNZ will also be present at the following industry events:


 We’ve also listed all the events in this handy one-page summary (PDF, 113KB).

About the referendum

Every six years, farmers vote on whether they want B+LNZ to continue to exist, funded by compulsory levies on sheepmeat and beef (including dairy-beef).

Voting will take place between 1 June and 9 July 2021. All livestock farmers registered on B+LNZ’s electoral roll will be sent a voting pack – packs will arrive in the first week of June.

Key documents

Voting packs contain information outlining what farmers are voting on.

  • Levy Proposal (PDF, 2MB) – this sets out B+LNZ’s role in investing collectively on behalf of farmers in activities that individuals can’t do on their own, and the work we’ll do to help farmers meet the challenges of the biggest period of change in a generation.
  • Levy Information (PDF, 228KB) – this contains important information on voting, covering the individual levies and general levy information, as required under the Commodities Levies Act 1990.

How to vote

Detailed information on how to vote is in your voting pack.

You can either vote online or by post.

  • If you vote online you’ll need your unique PIN and password from the voting paper in your voting pack.
  • If you post your vote, follow the instructions for completing the voting paper, use the freepost envelope provided and note the final date for posting is Tuesday 6 July. ELECTION HELPLINE: 0800 666 046.

Register to vote

If you want to vote in the referendum and you’re not on the B+LNZ electoral roll you can register to vote on this website (note that you won’t receive a physical voting pack in the mail – this will be sent to you by email directly from

Register to vote on the ‘Sign up with us’ webpage.

To check if you’re on the roll you can email or call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352).

Contact us

If you have any questions about this year’s referendum, email