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2020 Board Director Elections

Do you want to help shape the future of NZ’s largest dairy breed society?

Nominations are now open for several positions on the nine-member Holstein Friesian NZ Board.

The board governs the running of our vibrant association. Joining the board is an opportunity to:

  • Be at the forefront of developing programmes to advance the Holstein Friesian breed in New Zealand
  • Support the breeding of genetically elite cattle
  • Expand your knowledge of the Holstein Friesian breed and the dairy sector
  • Grow your governance skills
  • Bring fresh ideas to ensure Holstein Friesians remain the country’s dairy breed of choice

Nominations are being sought from passionate Holstein Friesian breeders across New Zealand. Nominations are encouraged, even if a current board member is seeking re-election.

  • Wards 1, 2 and 3
    (Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty)
    Current board member Alex Harvey is retiring by rotation and not seeking re-election.
  • Wards 4 and 5
    (Manawatu, Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki)
    Current board chair Hennie Verwaayen is retiring by rotation and seeking re-election.
  • Wards 6 and 7
    (Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay, Kaikoura, Canterbury and West Coast)
    Current board member Graham Stewart is retiring by rotation and seeking re-election.
  • Ward 8
    (Otago and Southland)
    This position has been vacant for the past 12 months and nominations are called for a term of two years.

Directors in all wards, except ward 8, will be elected for a term of three years.

Nominations close at midday on 31 March 2020.

Nomination forms can be downloaded by clicking the links here:

Nominations must be emailed, or posted, to the general manager of Holstein Friesian NZ Cherilyn Watson

For further information about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the current HFNZ Board directors or the general manager. Their details can be found in the back of the nzholstein magazine.

What does the role involve?

The board governs the running of Holstein Friesian NZ, which is a member-based association. The association has six staff and its work includes offering cattle registration and classification services, running the LIC-sponsored Discovery Project which is designed to help provide Holstein Friesian bulls for the AB industry, and overseeing a joint sire proving scheme with CRV Ambreed for young bulls bred by members. Board members provide future direction to ensure the association remains at the forefront of developing programmes to advance the Holstein Friesian breed in New Zealand. Directors also play a vital role in passing information between members and the national office.

How often does the Holstein Friesian Board meet?

The Holstein Friesian NZ Board meets face-to-face three times a year, and twice using the online video conferencing service Skype.

Board meeting dates for the next 12 months:

Full Board                                            20-21 June 2020 (at Conference)

Full Board                                            23 June 2020 (following AGM)

Full Board                                            7 July 2020 – via Skype

Full Board                                            6 October 2020 – via Skype

Full Board & Committees                    8-10 December 2020

Full Board & Committees                    16-18 March 2021

Do board members receive remuneration for their time?

The president and board members are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred while carrying out their duties. They also receive a director’s fee, as approved by the members at the Annual Meeting.

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