[21 November/New Zealand Herald]

DairyNZ and Fonterra have paid tribute to recent DairyNZ Chairman and Fonterra Director Michael Spaans, 54, who has passed away. Mr Spaans, a Te Aroha farmer, had a successful career in the industry. He served on the DairyNZ board from 2008 before being elected as Chairman in 2015. He also served as a Director of Fonterra from 2013 until January 2017 when his illness forced an early retirement. He continued to work as a Director of ASB and Shoof international through his illness. DairyNZ Acting Chairman Barry Harris said that Mr Spaans would be greatly missed by the board, staff, farmers and wider community. Fonterra Chairman John Wilson said in a statement that the company had lost one of its strongest people.