William Rolleston has been elected as Federated Farmers’ 32nd national president in Palmerston North today.
“As vice-president since 2011, I am honoured to be entrusted with a leadership role following in the footsteps of some farming greats,” says Dr Rolleston said in a statement.
Dr Rolleston replaces Bruce Wills and was elected unopposed by the 42-member national council.
“Federated Farmers is New Zealand’s foremost rural advocate with a proud past and strong future,” Dr Rooleston said, who is a former GP and has been chairman of Life Science Network, a pro-genetic modification lobbyist, since 2000.
“Our national council knows that the president must represent the views of all members and Federated Farmers is a broad church. I endorse this principle.”
Wairarapa’s Anders Crofoot takes over as vice-president from Dr Rolleston.
The federation’s newly elected industry group chairmen are Rick Powdrell, from Bay of Plenty for meat and fibre, and Andrew Hoggard from Manawatu-Rangtikei for dairy.
This month also sees a new chief executive for the federation, as Graham Smith takes over from Conor English.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
Most listened to
- Business Week in Review with Grant Walker & Andrew Patterson
- Matthew Hooton on the state of the British Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn
- Rodney Hide on the Ombudsman’s investigation into SSC conduct of MFAT leaks inquiry
- David Cohen on how to walk out of a TV interview
- Imperial Tobacco lobbyist insists NZ visit about “contributing expertise,” not pressuring government on plain packaging law