The search is still on for a new boss for one of Nelson's largest corporations, but the field has been narrowed to a shortlist.
Wakatu Incorporation said in June it would be seeking a new chief executive, after long-serving boss and one of the entity's mainstays, Keith Palmer, stepped down.
Wakatu chairman Paul Morgan said at the time the incorporation had a policy of employing the best person for the job, and the net had been cast globally for a new chief executive, but "hopefully there's a very talented New Zealander out there".
He said this week the list of applicants had now been short-listed and an announcement on the new appointment was expected after a board meeting later this month.
"We have a timeline and by the end of the month we will have made a decision," Mr Morgan said.
Wakatu Incorporation was formed in 1977 with an $11 million asset base of mainly land, and has grown into a $250m property, food and beverage business and export company.
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