Historic 75th meet goes well

Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Cam Henderson (second left) and life members Malcolm...
Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Cam Henderson (second left) and life members Malcolm Johnson (left), Doug Archbold and Grant McFadden look forward to reading the province’s 75th anniversary booklet. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
After the uncertainty of Covid-19, North Canterbury’s farming leaders were just happy to catch up and talk about old times.

Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Cam Henderson was thrilled with the turnout after deciding to hold the 75th annual meeting on Zoom last month.

To Mr Henderson’s surprise the Christchurch board room was packed, with another five members joining via Zoom.

"The AGM went well, with many able to attend in person. We had a great discussion led by Chris Allen and Claire McKay about water policy.

"It was a great way to celebrate the 75th AGM with some nibbles, drinks and a cake after the meeting. All in all a great night."

Members farewelled senior vice-president Dan Hodgen, a Waikari sheep farmer, after his long service to the provincial executive.

Mr Henderson, an Oxford dairy farmer, was re-elected president to complete his fourth and final year and Caroline Amyes was elected junior vice-president.

Ms Amyes is business support manager for corporate farming company Craigmore Sustainables and lives at Coalgate.

Leeston sharemilker Karl Dean was re-elected dairy chairman, Oxford sharemilker Theo Sneek remained as sharemilker rep and Cheviot sheep farmer Daniel Maxwell continues as meat and wool chairman.

Rachel Stewart was elected as the new treasurer. She first joined the Federated Farmers North Canterbury board table as a New Zealand Young Farmers representative and was keen to encourage more young farmers to get involved, Mr Henderson said.

"The positions have traditionally been held by men, so it’s good to get a few women on board."

The arable chair position remained vacant, after Oxford cropping farmer Roscoe Taggart stepped down.

A special 75th AGM book was released, which records some of the province’s history since the 50th AGM.

Three life members, Malcolm Johnson, Doug Archbold and Grant McFadden, joined in the celebrations.

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