About CBNZ

Cooperative Business NZ proudly represents the interests of this country’s co-ops and mutuals.


Become a Member

It’s better to be a member of Cooperative Business NZ with easy access to a range of resources, services and advice.


Types of co-ops

There are six types of co-operatives and they serve different needs.


Starting a Co-op

We’re here to help you every step of the way in starting a co-op and enjoying the many benefits of this successful business model.


 Top 40 Co-ops



Co-op professor challenges Oxford

Prof. dr. Hans Groeneveld – Professor of Cooperative Financial Services at a leading Dutch university and Rabobank executive – delivered this provocative address in Turkey, challenging established thinking and providing delegates with much to […]

Ian Macintosh talks co-ops

Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Ian Macintosh was interviewed by Fonterra recently for its blog, The Milk Run. Check out Ian’s answers to the questions put to him by the dairy giant – NZ’s largest co-operative.

News from global conference

Here’s a wrap of the news from “Towards 2020”, the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Conference and General Assembly held in Antalya, Turkey. We publish links to the conference website and media coverage in Co-operative News. […]

Global co-ops speak with one voice

The International Co-operative Alliance has urged the heads of government, in Paris for the COP21, to agree to effective, ambitious measures against climate change and consider the co-operative sector as a partner in their […]

Kiwi co-operatives in the spotlight

Most people recognise brands such as Mitre 10, ITM, Pak n’ Save, Zespri and Southern Cross – yet few would realise all of them are co-operatives, and that they are big part of New Zealand’s economy. […]

For your diary

Date Event Venue
March 2016* Leading Co-operative Essentials North Island*
April 2016* Leading Co-operative Essentials South Island*
October 11-13, 2016 ICA International Summit of Co-operatives Quebec, Canada
* dates and venues to be confirmed

Welcome Video


In Profile

MG – Together. Stronger.

Grower-owned co-operative, Market Gardeners Ltd trading as MG Marketing, was founded in 1923 by a group of independently minded vegetable growers in Wellington, and stands today as a leading supplier of fresh produce to NZ, […]

Owned by farmers. Working for farmers

Like-minded farmers started Ravensdown in 1977 with a pioneering spirit and a belief that strength comes from pulling together. As a co-operative, everything is dedicated to growing the prosperity of shareholders and the Kiwi economy.


100% NZ-owned

Alliance Group is a proud co-operative which processes and markets sheep, beef and venison products of the highest quality, benefiting from world-class technology, production techniques, the proud heritage and the very best grass-fed red meat.


For access to previous co-operative member profiles, go to PROFILES or use our Search facility

This is an image of co-operative news new zealand profile story.

Kiwi co-ops attract international attention