Helen Cummings milks 235 predominately Holstein Friesian cows at Wyndham.

2021 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 Director Doug Courtman is retiring by rotation and is available for re-nomination (three year term) and due to the retirement of Alex Harvey, there is a second vacancy for a two year term.
  • Wards 4 and 5
    (Manawatu, Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki)
    Current Board Director Wayne Taylor is retiring by rotation and seeking re-election.
  • Ward 8
    (Otago and Southland)
    Current Board Director Nathan Chilton is retiring by rotation and is not available for re-nomination.

Nominations close at midday on 31 March 2021.

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 c.watson@nzhfa.org.nz

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 five 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 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 online video conferencing.

Board meeting dates for the next 12 months:

  • Full Board                                 19-20  June 2021 (at Conference)
  • Full Board                                 22 June 2021 (following the AGM)
  • Full Board                                 7 July 2021 – (Electronic)
  • Full Board                                 5 October 2021 – (Electronic)
  • Full Board & Committees       7-9 December 2021
  • Full Board & Committees        16-18 March 2022

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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