Wednesday, 04 November 2020 09:55

Mates rates?

Written by  The Hound

OPINION: This old mutt does worry about the unfettered ‘old boys’ network that seems to operate within the agri-sector.

The latest example, pointed out to yours truly, was the recent appointment of Mark Townshend as board chair of DairyNZ subsidiary – NZAEL.

The Hound is uncertain whether Townshend is the right or best man for this role or not.

However, what he does know is that Dairy NZ chair Jim van der Poel is a long-time colleague of Townshend’s – having served with him on the board at both Fonterra and the giant dairy co-op’s predecessor NZ Dairy Group.

Admittedly, NZ is a small country, but it is hard – at times – to argue against the oft-made claim of ‘jobs for the boys’ when this keeps happening in the sector time and time again.


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