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Voting In Fonterra Elections Steady To Date

3 May 2004

Voting In Fonterra Elections Steady To Date

Voting for the Fonterra Director and Shareholders' Council elections is nearing the halfway point, with voting closing at midday on Wednesday 12 May 2004.

Returning Officer Warwick Lampp said that by last Friday (30 April) almost 20% of votes had been received, although he expects that figure to rise considerably in the next week or so.

"Voting has been steady to date but with this week's election roadshow and the closing deadline approaching I expect numbers to begin picking up," says Mr Lampp.

"All voters should have received their voter packs, including candidate videos, by now. Any shareholder who hasn't received a voting pack should contact me immediately for a replacement."

On-line secure voting is being used for the first time in the Director elections with Internet voting proving to be as popular fax votes to date according to Mr Lampp.

There are four candidates for the three available Directors positions with Malcolm Bailey joining the three sitting Directors Chairman Henry van der Heyden, Mark Townshend and Murray Flett retiring by rotation in line with Fonterra's constitution. The three Directors are elected by a nationwide vote of Fonterra shareholders.

Results will be announced as soon as they are available following the closing of the polls at midday on May 12. Venues for this week's roadshow are:

03-May 12.00pm Invercargill Ascot Park Hotel cnr Tay Street & Racecourse Road
03-May 7.30pm Balclutha South Otago Town and Country 1 Yarmouth Street, Balclutha
04-May 10.30am Ashburton Ashburton Hotel Racecourse Road, Ashburton
04-May 7.30pm Nelson Trailways Motor Inn 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
05-May 10.30am Palmerston North Hotel Carlton 175 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
05-May 7.30pm Stratford The War Memorial Centre Miranda Street, Stratford
06-May 10.30am Whangarei Forum North Rust Avenue, Whangarei
06-May 7.30pm Pukekohe Field Function Centre Stadium Drive, Pukekohe
07-May 10.30am Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Bible Chapel Raikes Ave, off S/Highway 3, Te Awamutu
07-May 7.30pm Morrinsville Tatuanui Hall SH27 Tatuanui, Morrinsville
08-May 10.30am Edgecumbe Edgecumbe Hall Main Street, Edgecumbe
08-May 7.00pm Rotorua Kingsgate Hotel Fenton Street, Rotorua

Any queries regarding the election should be directed to the Election Hotline on 0508 666 446.

ENDS

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