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Telfer calls time on farm cadet trust board role

Rob Telfer is to retire from the Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training Trust board.

Mr Telfer, who along with the then joint owner of Waipaoa Station, Andrew McPherson, set up the farm cadet training trust in 2006, is retiring from the trust board to devote more time to his many other interests.

The trust board is made up of a small number of volunteers who all give their time freely to guide the management and development of the trust.

The trust was initially funded by donations from the Gisborne community as well as bank financing supported by Mr Telfer, Mr McPherson, Dan Jex-Blake, Jim Brownlee, Rick Spence and Dave Withers. Financing is now provided largely by donations from charities and sponsors.

Mr Telfer said having sold Waipaoa Station in 2018 to Te Hau Station, he was committed to helping with a smooth transition in the ownership and in the relationship of Te Hau with the cadet training trust.

He felt that this had now been achieved and it was time to step down.

Trust board chairman Ken Shaw said: “Rob, along with a small number of other local supporters, has been instrumental in making the trust the success it is today.

“Board members and successive intakes of cadets alike have appreciated his insights and advice, and Rob’s involvement will be missed.

“I do recognise that board members are all volunteers, each of whom balance their time on the board with the many outside interests that make our board members invaluable,” Mr Shaw said.

“My board colleagues and I would like to thank Rob for his generosity and commitment in giving 13 years of board involvement.”

Tam Jex-Blake will join the board.

Charles Rau, who has been a key part of the trust board over the past nine years will also retire from the board and be succeeded by Chris Torrie.

Mr Shaw said that he and his board colleagues wished to express their appreciation for Mr Rau’s long-standing commitment to the trust. “And we welcome Tam and Chris to the board.”