NZ: HortNZ director election 2019

Nominations are being sought from individual grower members, affiliated product groups, and affiliated grower associations for these positions. Candidates must be nominated by at least two grower members or affiliated organisations.

The Horticulture New Zealand constitution provides for a term of three years for elected directors with one third of directors retiring by rotation each year. This year two grower elected Directors will retire by rotation, and there is one other vacancy.

The following Directors retire by rotation this year:

Hugh Ritchie is offering himself for re-election. David Kelly has completed the maximum number of terms and is not eligible for re-election

In addition, Barry O'Neil is offering himself for election, having been appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy left by Julian Raine on his retirement on 31 December 2018.

The election is based on electing the best people for the job with no allocated seats for product, sector or regional representatives.

Candidate criteria
Nominated candidates must be:

• a person who is an active grower member of HortNZ; or

• a director, shareholder, partner or trustee of an active grower member who is appointed by that member as the principal representative of the entity in their dealings with HortNZ; or

• an employee of an active grower member who is appointed by that member as the principal representative of the entity in their dealings with HortNZ.

If more than three (3) candidates are nominated, an election will be held where individual grower members will vote for their preferred candidates. A profile for each candidate will be included with the voting papers distributed to growers. 

If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions to be filled an election will be called. Ballot papers will be provided to all Active Grower members entitled to vote. Candidates will be expected to make themselves available for a series of electioneering meetings between 6 and 20 May. 

The nomination form, position description, and other criteria are available at the previous links, or can be requested from the board secretary via email, or by calling 0508 467 869.

Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 12 April 2019. 

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