North Otago farmer Ele Ludeman has been appointed to the
new Small Business Development Group, formerly known as the
Small Business Advisory Group.
Small Business Minister John Banks made the announcement
"SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy and the Small Business
Development Group plays an important role providing the small
business voice in business policy development," Mr Banks said
in a statement.
Mrs Ludeman farms with her husband, Grant Ludeman, near
She is the chairwoman of the Southern area of the National
Party and is also a columnist and blogger.
She represents Otago-Southland farming on the new development
Other appointments are: Tenby Powell (convener),
Auckland, equipment hire; Rhonda Kite (deputy convener),
Auckland, digital media; Robert Khan, Auckland, broadcasting;
Jonathon Flett, Christchurch, manufacturing; Mitchell Pham,
Auckland, IT; Jeremy Ward, Wellington, transport/hospitality;
Neil Pluck, Rakaia, agricultural machinery; Matthew Jones,
Christchurch, building services; Sonia McConnachie, Auckland,
consumer marketing; David Hiatt, Canterbury, tourism;
Adrienne Pierce, Hawkes Bay, business services.
Members have been appointed for a term of three years from
Mr Banks said the group provided the Government with a
critical perspective that it could not get from policy or