Role has given satisfaction
The retiring president of the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association, Keith Spackman, says he has gained a lot of personal satisfaction from trying to do something for growers during his 10-year term.
The association is in a strong state as he leaves office.
Its membership of about 460 represents around 95 per cent of the eligible growers in Hawke’s Bay.
Most are growers of pip or stonefruit.
Mr Spackman said he had met a lot of people while president and had formed some firm friendships.
He would continue for another year as the Hawke’s Bay member of the pipfruit sector committee of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers’ Federation.
And he would continue as a member of the Hawke’s Bay Harbour Board.
But contacts with, and interest in, the fruitgrowing industry would be maintained, he said.
Growers had generally been helpful to him, as had the 10 members of the association’s executive, he said.