Voting is now open for our Northern Region board director.

Qualifying shareholders within the Northern Region are encouraged to vote for their local board director.

We have two candidates standing for election – Mark Meyer and Ken Hames.

Read about the candidates and voting instructions below.

Voting closes at 4pm Thursday 23rd May 2019.

For more information contact Melanie Tonkin 07 856 0679

melanie.tonkin@lic.co.nz  or phone the LIC Share Registry 0800 542 742 for assistance.

Directors have a governance role within LIC.  Directors have all the powers necessary to manage, direct and supervise the management, business and affairs of the Company, except to the extent where the Constitution or the Companies Act expressly requires those powers to be exercised by the Shareholders or by any other person. 

Directors are elected on a regional basis for a four-year term by qualifying shareholders, based on one vote for each LIC share held. 

This year, Shareholders in the Northern Region (Upper North Island) have the opportunity to vote for their Director representative.

Mark Meyers 2I am 45 years old, married to Vicki with 4 children aged from 11-17.

We own and operate a 188 hectare dairy farm in Tangiteroria, in the Kaipara region of Northland. We milk 400 cows on a once a day system.

I was educated at Bream Bay College and then at King’s College in Auckland. Once I left school I completed a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University.

Currently I am a member of the LIC Shareholder Council representing you the shareholders in ward 2, which is from Whangarei through to Auckland. I have been in this position for the last 6 years. For the last 3 years I have also been the Chairman of the LIC Shareholder Council. Being in this position has allowed me to contribute to the improvement of LIC. Whilst developing my skills I have also had the opportunity to gain a greater insight into how LIC operates.

I am halfway through completing the Kellogg Rural Leadership program. My involvement in the Kellogg program has extended my understanding of other sectors within the agricultural industry and it has also opened up a whole range of networking opportunities that I am able to build on.

I have recently been elected as one of six elected Trustee’s onto the Board of Sport Northland. I was also involved in our local schools Board of Trustee’s for 9 years, 7 of which I held the Chairman’s role.

I believe that I have some of the skills required to be a governor of LIC. I believe that communication with shareholders must be open, honest and transparent. As owners of this Co-operative you need to know exactly what is happening with your investment.

I have had governance experience that I believe will enable me to continue to enhance LIC for shareholders and I will continue to learn and develop my own personal governance ability.

Outside of industry I am often found on the sidelines of my children’s sports teams cheering them on and seeing them progress at whatever endeavour they decide to undertake. We love spending time out on the boat diving and fishing.

Thank you for your time and considering my nomination.

Ken HamesLIC is a well-managed cooperative that is integral to the success of our dairy farmers by providing genetics and services. It’s important to concentrate on delivering its core business really well. Looking forward, opportunities include:

  • Prioritising R&D spend to achieve the greatest return and benefit to farmers
  • Smart use of  technology to drive  business efficiencies and develop products and services to meet future needs
  • Position the company to handle the volatility in milk prices and farmer demand
  • Identify solutions that help farmers with regulatory challenges  and  changes happening in market place

Personal Statement

I am standing because I’m passionate about farming and ensuring we have a cooperative that delivers the best genetics is crucial to our dairy farming profitability. Janine and I farm at Paparoa and Wellsford.

What I offer shareholders


From previous directorships in Australia and NZ I bring considerable governance experience of large sized companies. I have built up skills that enable me to add value particularly with developing and implementing strategy, risk management, investment analysis and leadership.

Northern focus

I have lived and farmed in Northland all my life and want to see our region succeed. It’s important that we have a strong and capable voice on the Board.

Governance training

I‘ve kept up a steady programme of professional development to upskill myself as a Director so I bring experience and best practice to the table.

Corporate Governance and Leadership Experience


  • Chair – Extension 350 A joint MPI, NRC, DairyNZ and Beef+ Lamb initiative with the objective of raising the performance of Northland Pastoral Farming
  • Chair – Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards
  • Chair – Duke of Edinburgh Award NZ 


  • Northland Beef + Lamb Council
  • Director – Northpower Ltd
  • Director – Northpower Fibre Ltd
  • Director – West Coast Energy Ltd
  • Member of Audit and  Treasury committees

Professional development – Institute of Directors

Chairing the Board

  • Boards in Action – Risk and Strategy
  • Boards in Action – Leadership and Board behaviour
  • Effective Audit Committees
  • Certificate in Company Direction
  • Chartered Member Assessment

Education, Achievements and Industry Involvement

  • Northland Finalist Ballance Farm Environment awards
  • Awards for Nutrient Management, Livestock, Land and Life and Integrated Waterforce Management
  • Judge for Ballance Farm Environment, Dairy Industry and Young Farmer Awards
  • Fonterra networker
  • Agmardt scholarship for the FAME programme 2007
  • Fonterra Governance Development programme 2008
  • B.Ag Massey 1986

I am committed to drive LIC to perform for its shareholders. It would be a privilege to represent you on the LIC Board.

Thank you for your support.

As a LIC Shareholder farming in the Northern Region you are entitled to vote for one candidate as a Director representing the region.

You can cast your vote in one of the five ways set out below.

For your vote to be valid you must cast your vote electronically, or return your completed ballot paper by post, courier, fax or email, to be received by Electionz.com, no later than 4pm on Thursday 23 May 2019. 

Electronic vote

Click this link and enter your unique PIN and password from your voting paper.


Use the reply paid envelope which was enclosed with your voting booklet or address to: Returning Officer, Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited, C/- Electionz.com Limited, PO Box 39163, Christchurch 8545. To ensure your Voting Paper reaches the Returning Officer before the close of voting, please post no later than Friday 17 May 2019.


Courier to: Electionz.com Limited, 3/3 Pukaki Road, Yaldhurst,      Christchurch.


03 377 1474

Scan & email

Email your scanned voting paper to iro@electionz.com. Please type “LIC Director Vote” in the subject line. 

If you have any questions regarding your voting please call Electionz.com election helpline between 8am and 5.30pm on 0800 666 031 Monday to Friday.

Director elections - Northern Region

Voting closes 4pm Thursday 23rd May 2019.

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Director elections - Northern Region

Voting closes 4pm Thursday 23rd May 2019.

Vote online