The 40 events, taking place nationwide, are aimed at helping dairy farmers make an informed decision when it comes to voting in May on whether they support the continuation of a levy on milksolids.
The industry organisation also wants farmers to give feedback on what they see as future priorities and on DairyNZ’s work in the regions, which includes helping farmers prepare for future regional policy changes.
DairyNZ chairman John Luxton will present at some of the levy forums, along with other DairyNZ board members, and he urges farmers in every region to have their say.
“It is vital that dairy farmers vote on the milksolids levy in May. The opportunity only comes once every six years and voting is easy - requiring a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The more dairy farmers who vote, and who vote yes, the stronger the industry voice for DairyNZ’s work,” says John.
John says farmers get a lot of value for their levy.
“The dairy industry is co-investing with the government and others in science and innovation to ensure a strong future. We need the levy to support and retain that co-investment. It’s worth a lot to all of us as farmers,” says John.
“Now more than ever, with all the compliance and competitiveness challenges ahead, we need a strong dairy industry body that can work with others, including Federated Farmers and across all dairy companies and regions.
“DairyNZ is making a difference at a national and regional level across the country and voting ‘yes’ is a simple and effective way for farmers to show their support for its work.”
The Local Levy Forums in April will allow farmers to direct questions to DairyNZ directors and senior management on the investment value of the levy now and in the future.
“Voting support won’t take long, but together all the votes of farmers will have a lasting legacy impact on our industry and their own farming future. My message to dairy farmers is to make sure they have their say in May,” says John.
For more information on the levy vote visit dairynz.co.nz/vote.
About the levy vote
What: in May 2014, dairy farmers will vote on whether or not they continue to pay a levy on milksolids, used to fund DairyNZ.
When: May 1-31
Why: the vote happens every six years and is required by government legislation, as the levy is collected under terms set out in the Commodity Levies Act 1990.
How: dairy farmers will be able to vote via the internet, post, fax and at selected events such as the DairyNZ Farmers’ Forum on May 7-8.
Who votes: all dairy farmers, including sharemilkers and dairy farm leaseholders, who produce milk from cows and supplied a dairy processor in the 2013/14 season are eligible to vote.
Local Levy Forum details
Bay of Plenty and Waikato
10am, Kerikeri RSA, 37 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri
2pm, Dickens Inn, Pickwick Room, 71 Cameron St, Whangarei
7pm, Wellsford Community Centre, 1 Matheson Rd, Wellsford
Bay of Plenty and Waikato
10am, Settlers Lounge, Te Puke War Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St, Te Puke
2pm, EastBay Reap House, 21 Pyne St, Whakatane
7pm, Braeside Conference Centre, 4 Barnard Rd, Rotorua
10am, Tirohanga Hall, 839 Tirohanga Rd, Tirohanga
2pm, Tokoroa Club, 36 Chambers St, Tokoroa
7pm, Otorohanga Bowling Club, 52 Te Kawa St, Otorohanga
10am, Te Awamutu Club, 542 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu
2pm, Matamata Club, 9 Waharoa Rd East, Matamata
7pm, Barkers Function Centre, 12 Ngutumanga Rd, Waihou
10am, Ngatea Rugby Club, Ngatea Domain, Orchard West Rd, Ngatea
2pm, Puketaha Hall, Puketaha Rd, Gordonton
7pm, St Johns, 4 Baird Ave, Te Kauwhata
Taranaki and Lower North Island
10am, Inglewood Golf Club, 244 Lepper Rd, Inglewood
2pm, Sandfords Event Centre, 156 Tasman St, Opunake
7pm, WTARS Seminar Room, Whareroa Rd, Hawera
10am, Waverley Community Centre, Chester St, Waverley
2pm, Te Kawau Memorial Recreation Centre, Wye St, Rongotea
7pm, Levin Cosmopolitan Club, 49 Oxford St, Levin
2pm, South Wairarapa Workingmen's Club, 120 Main St, Greytown
7pm, Bush Sports Park and Stadium, Huxley St, Pahiatua
2pm, War Memorial Hall, Coronation St Norsewood
7pm, Ongaonga Hall, 59 Bridge St, Ongaonga
Canterbury, Southland, Otago and West Coast and Top of the South Island
10am, Federated Farmers Building, 70 Forth St, Invercargill
2pm, Salvation Army, 7 Dejoux Rd, Winton
7pm, James Cumming Wing Lecture Theatre, Cnr Ardwick St & Civic Ave, Gore
10am, Rosebank Lodge, 265 Clyde St, Balclutha
2pm, Henley Community Centre, 1218 Centre Rd, Henley
7pm, Brydone Hotel, 115 Thames St, Oamaru
7pm, Wanderers Rugby Club, 14 Lord Rutherford Rd North, Brightwater, Nelson
10am, Takaka Fire Station, 6 Motupipi St, Takaka
2pm, StoneBridge Function Venue, 842 Winchester-Geraldine Rd, Geraldine
7pm, Hotel Ashburton, 11-35 Racecourse Rd, Ashburton
10am, Westport Motor Lodge, 207 Palmerston St, Westport
2pm, Donegal House, Schoolhouse Rd, SH1, Kaikoura
2pm, Shantytown, 310 Rutherglen Rd, Rutherglen
10am, Hurunui Rugby Clubrooms, School Rd, Culverden
2pm, West Eyreton Hall, 1062 Downs Rd, Rangiora/Oxford
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