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New president for Rural Contractors NZ

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New president for Rural Contractors NZ

Wellsford-based agricultural contractor Steve Levet is the new head of the Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ).

Rural Contractors New Zealand is the only national association for rural contractors in New Zealand.

Mr Levet was elected president of the association at its annual conference, held in Cromwell in late June, taking over from John Hughes who stood down after four years in the role. Southland’s David Kean was elected vice-president.

“I’d like to pay tribute and thank John Hughes for the sterling service he’s given Rural Contractors NZ over the past six years on national council and the last four years as our president,” Mr Levet said. “John’s leadership and advocacy over this time has placed RCNZ in a strong position and attained important gains for the sector – including the recent changes in agricultural transport legislation.”

Steve Levet says he looks forward to working with vice president David Kean and the new national board.

“I intend continuing RCNZ’s role as the leading advocate and strong representative of rural contractors engaged in a wide range of activities across the agricultural sector throughout the country.

“Our association has some 450 member companies and represents around 2500-3000 workers in the sector we need – and intend – to be a powerful and influential advocate for our members.”

Mr Levet says agriculture remains the economic engine of New Zealand’s economy and rural contractors are a key and vital component in keeping that engine running.

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