[23 November/ Stuff]

Waikato Dairy Farmer, Jim van der Poel has been elected the new chairman of Dairy NZ. Mr Poel was a director of Fonterra and New Zealand Co-operative Dairies. Mr Poel would replace Michael Spaans, who died earlier this week after a long illness. Mr Poel said Mr Spaans was a skilled, dedicated and passionate chairman for DairyNZ and he planned to continue the vision established for DairyNZ and dairy farmers. Mr Poel added that he took the position under sad circumstances, but the board would continue Mr Spaans’ good work into the future.