[24 September/The Country]

Five candidates will contest the three seats available on the board of Fonterra. Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, Maori Television Chairman, Jamie Tuuta, and sitting director, Ashley Waugh, would compete with former Fonterra director, Leonie Guiney and dairy farmer, John Nicholls, for the three seats. Mr McBride, Mr Tuuta, and Mr Waugh would seek election as independent nomination candidates, whereas Ms Guiney and Mr Nicholls were self-nominated. Ms Guiney recently settled a defamation claim against the Fonterra board, which she left last year after serving three years. All five have financial interests in Fonterra, and wanted support of Fonterra’s farmer-owners in the election. The election is held in the lead up to the co-op’s annual meeting in November. A candidate needed to receive at least 50 percent support to be elected.