New President for Federated Farmers Waikato29 May 2014
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers is thrilled to welcome its new Waikato provincial president, Chris Lewis, who is replacing James Houghton following their provincial AGM.
“Chris has been a part of Federated Farmers for nine years and is well versed on the issues surrounding the Waikato region as well as the dairy industry at a national level,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers National President.
“I would like to thank outgoing provincial president, James Houghton for his service to the province and Federated Farmers and congratulate him on his role on the Waikato Waipa Stakeholders Group, in continuing the collective conversation around water quality in Waikato.
“We are in a year of change within the Federation with leadership changes throughout the organisation, both nationally and provincially, Chris is an incredibly passionate advocate for the farming community and I know he will do a fantastic job,” said Mr Wills.
Mr Lewis farms 1100 cows with his wife Caroline and has two children, based on their Pukeatua dairy farm.
“I have farmed for 22 years and I'm really passionate about all things farming,” says Chris Lewis, Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president.
“After sitting on the back benches of Federated Farmers Waikato for a year I was all in, serving as vice Dairy Chair for five years and Dairy Chair for the past three years. I am passionate about the work we have achieved in Waikato to date and am looking forward to continuing the work as the provincial president.
“I have a great relationship with the past three provincial presidents and know I have a wealth of knowledge and support to refer to. I greatly respect these guys and am grateful for the position they have left our province in.
“The three biggest things on my radar in the coming years is the environment, staffing issues, and working within the province as a positive collaborator.
“In todays political environment, we work much better when we work together and I’d like to continue to work with people in the province rather than talking at them.
“There is more than just one voice in our Waikato Executive and I want to make sure that Waikato hears them. This is going to be an exciting three years for myself and Federated Farmers Waikato, and I look forward to working with you all,” concluded Mr Lewis.
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