North Island director elections open

August 31, 2016

North Island director elections open

A strong field of eight candidates is contesting two vacancies in our North Island director elections this year as we move to our new two ward voting system.

Shareholders last year approved the move from three wards to two – one in the North Island and one in the South, with the aim to move to nationally-elected directors over time.

The North Island ward is seeing the retirement of Oliver Saxton after 15 years and the retirement by rotation of Sarah Von Dadelszen. The South Island ward has a bye this year.

Nominations for the vacancies closed on 16 August and eligible shareholders in the North Island have until 5 pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016 to vote.

Voting papers have been mailed to eligible shareholders and should hit mailboxes in the next few days. Provision has been made for both postal and online voting.

Sarah Von Dadelszen is seeking re-election. Dirk Sieling of Whitianga, Donna Smit of Whakatane, Grant Coombes of Taupiri, Ken Hames of Paparoa, Murray Jagger of Whangarei, Paul Martin of Whangarei and Stu Chapman of Dargaville are all candidates for this year's election. Click here to access candidate profiles.

Ballance Chairman, David Peacocke, said he was pleased to see eight candidates standing for the new North Island Ward.

“It’s important for our co-operative to have strong governance and that our shareholders have the opportunity to choose from a deep pool of candidates to select the best directors with the best skills and experiences. We are confident this strong selection will encourage a good voter turnout.”

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