Tatua quits Ross Townshend over social media comments


Ross Townshend has been dismissed from Tatua’s board of directors for comments he made on social media about Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

“Ross Townshend’s personal views and the way he has chosen to express them are incompatible with Tatua’s culture and values,” said the president of the company.
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He has been an independent member of the board of directors of the Waikato dairy cooperative since 2009.

Company chairman Stephen Allen today confirmed that Townshend has stepped down from Tatua’s board, effective immediately.

“On Monday evening it was brought to my attention that Mr Townshend had posted highly inappropriate social media messages regarding a Minister of Parliament.

“Mr. Townshend’s personal views and the way he chose to express them are incompatible with Tatua’s culture and values. Therefore, his actions left me with no option but to accept his resignation on behalf of of Tatua’s board of directors. “

Allen also confirmed he would contact the minister’s office to provide a personal explanation and apology.

“During my 25 years as a director of Tatua, including 18 years as chairman, the company has enjoyed a mutually respectful and warm relationship with ministers and government officials from all parties,” Allen said. .

“We also have an incredibly good and long-standing relationship with our community, including local Iwi. An incident of such offensive disrespect is just not who we are.”

The company’s website says Townshend has extensive dairy farming experience with New Zealand Dairy Group, New Zealand Dairy Foods and the wider Australasian dairy industry.

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