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Fonterra Elections Nominations Close 19 August

For Immediate Release
Wednesday 17 August 2005

Fonterra Elections Nominations Close 19 August 2005

The Returning Officer Warwick Lampp has reminded Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd shareholders that nominations for the Board of Directors, Directors' Remuneration Committee and Shareholders' Council elections must be received by 12 noon, next Friday 19 August.

Nominations can be faxed to 0508 666 447 or mailed to the Returning Officer, electionz.com, P O Box 5252, Christchurch.

Candidates for the elections have to be Fonterra shareholders, or a shareholder of a company or a member of a partnership or entity that is. Candidates also have to be nominated and seconded by Fonterra shareholders. Nomination forms are available from the Returning Officer on the Election Hotline on 0508 666 446.

The Directors and Directors' Remuneration Committee members will be elected in a nationwide vote. Councillors will be elected in ten wards.

Three shareholder-elected Directors, a third of Council and two members of the Directors' Remuneration Committee retire annually by rotation. There is also a by-election in Shareholders' Council ward 17 because a casual vacancy has arisen.

The Shareholders' Council elections are being held in the following 10 wards:

Ward 1 Northern Northland Ward 4 South Auckland
Ward 7 Otorohanga Ward 10 South Waikato
Ward 13 Hauraki Ward 16 Central Taranaki
Ward 17 South Taranaki Ward 19 Wairarapa
Ward 22 Canterbury North Ward 25 South Central/West Southland

The three elections will run concurrently. The voting period is from 5 September until Monday 10 October, and results will be finalised and announced at Fonterra's Annual Meeting in Whangarei on Tuesday 11 October 2005.

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting system, by postal, fax and internet voting, will be used for all elections.

ENDS

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