12 Mar 2010

Meat and Wool NZ gains two women directors

9:55 am on 12 March 2010

The farmer-funded industry good body, Meat and Wool New Zealand, has two new women directors on its board.

In elections for two wards, farmers have chosen Kirsten Bryant to represent the Western North Island and Anne Munro the Central South Island.

Kirsten Bryant, a Fordell farmer, out-polled Tony Gray of Pohangina Valley to gain the North Island seat.

Ms Bryant says farmers' decision in last year's referendum to stop paying a wool levy reflects their dissatisfaction with Meat and Wool New Zealand.

She says it needs to be more effective in the three key areas of lobbying policy makers, backing science and market access and development.

In the southern ward, Anne Munro of Fairlie ousted sitting director David Douglas of North Otago.

She wants to see improved communication with farmers and stronger leadership from Meat and Wool New Zealand.

The new directors will start their three-year terms later this month.