21 Nov 2017

Dairy industry leader dies

3:31 pm on 21 November 2017
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Michael Spaans Photo: Supplied

The recent chair of Dairy NZ, Michael Spaans, has died of cancer at the age of 54.

Mr Spaans was a dairy farmer in Waikato and served on both the Dairy Group and Fonterra Shareholders' Councils.

Fonterra chair John Wilson said Mr Spaans brought experience, and a huge level of energy and commitment to the Fonterra Board.

DairyNZ said Mr Spaans has been a valuable member of the DairyNZ board since 2008 and chair for the past two years.

Mr Spaans is survived by his wife Kristina and children Olivia, Logan and Harvey.