Candidate nominations for DairyNZ's Board of Directors open on August 21

The DairyNZ board consists of five farmer-elected directors and three board-appointed directors. This year's farmer-elected director role is currently vacant.

Dairy farmers with governance and leadership experience are being encouraged to consider the role.

DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel said the election was an opportunity for a dairy farmer to bring their sector experience and strategic thinking to the board table.


"As a director, you are in a unique position to influence and shape the direction of DairyNZ and the dairy sector, and we are keen to tap into some of the talented, skilled and business savvy dairy farmers we have.

"Our board works with a broad range of stakeholders, from our dairy farmers through to government and communities, so their people skills and ability to engage with all sorts of people is crucial."

Listen to The Country Early Edition's Rowena Duncum's interview with DairyNZ Chairman Jim van der Poel below:

An interest in the Dairy Tomorrow strategy, broad dairy sector knowledge, strong business skills and some exposure to research and development principles were also preferred.

Nominations are also being taken this year for one farmer to join the DairyNZ Directors Remuneration Committee, which considers and recommends remuneration for directors each year.

All farmers paying a levy on milksolids to DairyNZ are eligible to stand for the Board of Directors and the Directors Remuneration Committee.

Candidate nominations will be open August 21 to September 14. Voting opens for dairy farmer levy payers on October 1. Election results will be announced at the DairyNZ Annual General Meeting on October 31.

For more information on the nomination process, visit

What you need to know:


Dairy farmers with an interest in being a DairyNZ director are encouraged to apply when nominations open on August 21.

Ideal candidates would have:

• governance experience, ideally in previous director positions, involvement in setting strategy and being accountable for results
• broad dairy sector knowledge and familiarity with farm issues and trends in New Zealand and internationally
• a keen interest in progressing the Dairy Tomorrow strategy
• sound networks and contacts in the dairy sector
• strong commercial skills, financial and strategic expertise.

For more information on the nomination process and key dates, visit