Board Elections 2019

Welcome to the Forest Growers Levy Trust Board 2019 Board elections website. Here you will be able to nominate candidates, have your questions answered, view candidate information and cast your vote.

Key Dates

Nominations: Open Monday 23 September 2019
Close Friday 4 October 2019
Voting: Open Thursday 10 October 2019 Voting closed
Close Friday 25 October 2019

The FGLT Board have appointed Research New Zealand to run this process accepting nominations via a specified nomination form on this website and running the election.

Reason for Election

Under the rules of the FGLT (Rule 4.4), the clause provides that an election be held in 2019 and that one half of the elected board members shall retire. One board member elected under Rule 4.3a (less than 1000 hectares) and two board members elected under rule 4.3b (more than 1,000 hectares) shall come up for re-election.

Under the FGLT rules, in 2019, the three Board members due to retire and who can offer themselves for re-election are S Wilton (less than 1,000 hectares category) and P Taylor and G Thorp in the over 1,000 hectare category.

R Green – over 1,000 hectare category, and due for retirement in 2021, has resigned from the Board. Therefore it is recommended the Board consider appointing a replacement for the remainder of R Green’s term. (No election requirement). This maintains the Board succession policy.

Voting will be counted on the same basis as the 2017 election, i.e.

  • Greater than 1,000 ha net stocked area category – weighted forest production votes (for the 2018 calendar year)

  • Under 1,000 ha net stocked area category – individual votes

Nomination process

Nominations for the Board Election will be open from 23 September to 4 October 2019. Those Board members retiring may offer themselves for re-election.

The criteria for nominating candidates to stand in the Board Election are as follows:

  • An eligible person to nominate a Board member can be the forest owner of a Qualifying forest or a person who represents the forest owner of a Qualifying forest, where that owner is not a natural person.

  • For the purposes of the nomination and election process, a Qualifying forest is a forest that has a Stand or Stands of trees of 10 years or more in age (or, for the purposes of this election, planted before 1 October 2009) totalling at least four hectares in area.

  • An eligible person can make more than one nomination.

There are no restrictions as to who can be nominated, other than that they are a natural person. They do not need to be a forest owner or potential levy payer.

Eligible forest owners/entities are able to nominate and second candidates through an online registration process or by email.

Nominators are required to specify the category in which the nominee will stand in, and confirm that they are eligible to nominate said party under the election rules as detailed in the “Rules for Forest Growers Levy Trust Incorporated”.

Further information on the implementation of the levy can be found at

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