[9 October/ Otago Daily Times]

The 2017 Farmlands director election voting is open, with nine candidates contesting three vacancies. The South Island vacancy will be contested by former Alliance Group Director Murray Donald, former Otago Regional Councillor Gary Kelliher, Accountant Mel Montgomery, former Federated Farmers National Board Member David Rose and current Alliance Group Director Dawn Sangster. The North Island candidates are Warren Parker, Oliver Saxton, Sue Yerex and incumbent Director Nikki Davies-Colley. Chairman Lachie Johnstone acknowledged the “significant” contributions of retiring Directors Don McFarlane and Tony O’Boyle. The 12-month position was designed to foster the next generation of primary sector directors, giving them exposure to high-level governance. Voting closes on October 31.