Flexible Shareholding

Your options explained
I'M A SHAREMILKER OR CONTRACT MILKER ON A FARM THAT SUUPLIES FONTERRA

I want to buy Fonterra shares

First things first – Associated Shareholder or Secondary Shareholder?


If you’re a Contract Milker, you will only be able to apply to become an Associated Shareholder. 

If you’re a Sharemilker, you might be eligible to be an Associated Shareholder or a Secondary Shareholder – depending on your circumstances.  You can use the below tool to work out what type of shareholder you’re eligible to be.

QUESTION 1

Do you have a sharemilking agreement with a Supplying Shareholder?

You cannot apply to the Co-op to hold shares.

Go to Question 2.

QUESTION 2

Do you:

  • agree, with the approval of your Supplying Shareholder, to hold an agreed percentage of your Supplying Shareholder’s entitlement to hold shares; and
  • own or provide all of the dairy herd on the farm?

Go to Question 3

You can apply to the Co-op to be a Secondary Shareholder. Learn more here. 

Alternatively (provided the Co-op pays you directly for milk) you can apply to be an Associated Shareholder. Learn more here. 

QUESTION 3

 Does the Co-op pay you directly for milk?

You will not be able to apply to the Co-op to hold shares.

You will be able to apply to the Co-op to be an Associated Shareholder. Learn more here

A quick overview

Associated Shareholders

A quick overview for Sharemilkers and Contract Milkers interested in becoming Associated Shareholders. 

Secondary Shareholders

A quick overview for Sharemilkers interested in becoming Secondary Shareholders

Application process
 

Once the Flexible Shareholding structure comes into effect, you’ll be able to apply to become an Associated Shareholder and Secondary Shareholder via online application forms.
 
Check back here for a link to the application forms once Flexible Shareholding is in place. 

 

Where can I find more information?

Take a look at the Rules for Shareholding.