[30 July/NBR]

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers’ Incorporated would not comment on its annual general meeting which was held up after growers halted constitutional changes. It tried to implement new powers for its executive committee which included giving delegated authority for decision-making.  Growers were concerned it would mean the committee would have the power to negotiate how much they were paid by Zespri. All of the new rules were implemented as a single motion for simplicity purposes, which meant growers had to vote for all of the rules or none of them. Significant concerns were expressed about the rule. Te Puke grower, Colin Olesen, was behind the amendment to get rid of the rule as it would give the executive too much power. He said the backdown showed the problems with advance voting at shareholder’s meetings. Around 100 people attended the meeting.