New voice for south on Fonterra council table

19:54, Dec 17 2012

A Southland dairy farmer has been elected to the Fonterra Shareholders' Council.

Riverton dairy farmer Vaughan Templeton was elected unopposed to the Shareholders' Council for the Western Southland ward.

It was the first time Mr Templeton had run for a place on the council and he said he was looking forward to having a go.

"I wanted to learn a whole lot more about how Fonterra operates and to be able to relate to farmers and take their concerns to management," he said.

Councillors see out a three-year term and meet with Fonterra delegates up to eight times a year.

"I'm pretty keen to be that person that farmers can voice their concerns to.

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"I want to keep in touch with farmers in my ward," he said.

Philip van der Bijl, of Otautau, was the former councillor for ward 35 and a founding member of the shareholders' council.

John Wilson and Nicola Shadbolt were re-elected on to the board of directors. They are joined by the newly elected Blue Read. Mr Read has a farm in Northern Taranaki.

FONTERRA SHAREHOLDERS' COUNCIL 2013-15

Directors Remuneration Committee: Rodney Wilson and David Gasquoine were elected unopposed.

Shareholders' Council:
New councillors

Nominees elected unopposed

The Southland Times