Wellington, September 27, 2021
The National Party has announced the appointment of Sir Graeme Harrison to its Board of Directors.
Born and educated in Canterbury, Sir Graeme is the founder of ANZCO Foods. He served as its Managing Director for 20 years, and Chairman for 14 years, leading the company to grow into one of New Zealand’s largest meat product exporters, with annual sales of around $1.5 billion and more than 3000 employees.
Awards and Citations
Born and educated in Canterbury, Sir Graeme has had an impressive career. He was an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University and a Member of its Council. In 2012, he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree. In 2015, he was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan in recognition of his contribution to strengthening economic ties between New Zealand and Japan.
In 2010, he was honoured with the Federated Farmers Agribusiness Person of the Year Award and the following year was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business.
National Party President Peter Goodfellow said that Sir Graeme brings to the Party Board an impressive range of personal, commercial, and community experience.
Advocate for Rural New Zealand
“Sir Graeme is a passionate advocate for rural New Zealand and our primary industries sector, and his strong leadership over the last 30 years has been inspirational to so many Kiwis. National supports our farmers, growers, and rural communities, who are the backbone of our economic success here in New Zealand. Sir Graeme brings an important and necessary voice to our Board table in support of those very communities,” he said.
Mr Goodfellow said that he was excited to welcome Sir Graeme to the National Board.
“I look forward to working with Sir Graeme, and our wider Board, as together we move forward and seek to deliver on the priorities of the members of the National Party and the people of New Zealand,” he said.