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 30 Co-ops
NZ’s co-operative economy has been comprehensively mapped for the first time, revealing the significance of the sector in terms of revenue, jobs and membership, as well as obvious differences between NZ’s and other co-operative economies globally.
A new report, The Co-operative Economy of New Zealand , finds that NZ’s Top 30 co-operatives and mutuals generate revenues of more than $42.3 billion per annum which equates to 17.5% of NZ’s GDP, while being responsible for 1.4 million memberships and the employment of 48,500 NZ’ers.
Since taking on the CEO role at Cooperative Business NZ in April 2016, Craig Presland has received many requests for assistance with setting up new co-operatives. With this in mind, Craig has produced a User Guide for all those considering whether to set up, or otherwise to join, a co-operative. In this document we answer the following questions:
Exemptions from Public Disclosure when Raising Share CapitalCooperative Business NZ represented the interests of our Members during extensive negotiations with the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) to achieve exemptions from disclosure when raising share capital. The outcome is the Small Co-operatives Exemption Notice which comes became law on 23rd December 2016.
Kiwi “What if?” Video launched
We premiered this Kiwi version of the “What if?” video during the ICA visit, attracting positive feedback and requests for customized versions, freely available to members. Thanks to the many Kiwi co-ops who provided images.
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Meet our 100th Member
Established in 1869 in Southland, SBS Bank is believed to be the first building society in the world to have achieved bank registration while retaining its mutual structure. In 147 years, the ‘member bank’ has sustained mutual trust, mutual benefits and mutual respect.
Our second Corporate Associate Member, Total Utilities Management Group, is an independent utility broker which manages utility contracts worth $385 million annually on behalf of business customers such as Zespri & Harvey Norman.
For access to previous co-operative member profiles, go to PROFILES or use our Search facility
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