New Federated Farmers President
24 July 1999
NEW FEDERATED FARMERS PRESIDENT
The new President of Federated Farmers is Alistair Polson, from Wanganui. Mr Polson was elected this afternoon at the 1999 National Council/Conference in New Plymouth.
Mr Polson has been Federated Farmers Vice President for the past four years. Previously, he had been Wanganui Provincial President for three years, and the province's Meat and Wool Section chair before that. He is currently the federation's spokesperson on ACC; health and safety; animal welfare; and education.
He is a agriculture science graduate from Massey University, a member of the New Zealand Veterinary Council, and the Landcare Trust.
Mr Polson farms a 2,100 hectare Wanganui sheep and beef property in partnership with his brother. He continues a family association with Federated Farmers. His grandfather Sir William Polson was a previous President.
In his speech, Mr Polson acknowledged the need for a strong provincial base, greater communication with members, and signalled the importance of a larger land user group being formed to represent the primary sector.
A copy of Mr Polson's biography is attached.
Biographical details President Alistair Roy Polson
Date of birth: 31 December 1955
Education: B.Ag.Sc (Massey)
1993 Nuffield Scholar
1989 Grasslands Memorial Trust Award for sustained improvement of pastures and sheep breeds in Wanganui hill country.
Farming: Partner in 2091 hectare Wanganui property, sheep and beef breeding and finishing, with 25,000 stock units
1996 - 1999 Vice-President
1992 - 95 Provincial President, Wanganui Province
1989 - 1991 Meat and Wool Chairman, Wanganui Province
Commerce: Director Waitotara Meat Co Ltd Director Waitotara Meat Holding Co Ltd Government appointee to NZ Veterinary Council
Personal: Alistair is married to Joanne. They have three children. He enjoys trout fishing, waterskiing and small boat sailing.