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Pictured above at Cooperative Business NZ’s 2017 Annual Awards are, from left: Duncan Coull (representing Fonterra); Oliver O’Neill (Ruralco); Neil Cowie (Mitre 10) and Brian Cameron.
FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUPFonterra Shareholders' Council Chair Duncan Coull, pictured, collected the 2017 Co-operative Business of the Year award in recognition of Fonterra’s significant and positive impact within the co-operative community.
NEIL COWIE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE – MITRE 10Mitre 10 Chief Executive Neil Cowie received the 2017 Co-operative Leader of the Year award in recognition of his significant co-operative leadership within both his own organisation and across the co-op sector.
OLIVER O’NEILL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – RURALCORuralco CFO Oliver O’Neill received the inaugural Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award in recognition of his entrepreneurial leadership across a range of collaboration initiatives.
BRIAN CAMERON, CO-OPERATIVE PIONEERHonorary Member Brian Cameron received the Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award in recognition of his extraordinary efforts and achievements on behalf of the co-operative business sector.
Celebrated every year on the first Saturday of July, the International Day of Co-operatives aims to increase awareness of the co-operative model and celebrate stories of success. The International Co-operative Alliance has released a statement and a video from its president, and launched the report Co-ops for 2030: A movement achieving sustainable development for all. Read more
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.
Click on the image above to download a pictorial overview of the NZ co-op sector
Cooperative Business New Zealand is delighted to announce New Zealand’s leading health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, has joined as a member. Established in 1961 as a ‘Friendly Society’ (under the Friendly Societies and Credit
NZPM was formed in 1964 by a group of master plumbers led by Ido De Bernardo to establish a merchant chain throughout New Zealand. The goals of this co-operative chain were to improve the profitability and quality of service and products to its plumber shareholders.
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Westlake Governance Limited is a globally-focused, New Zealand-based consulting business with its founder, Richard Westlake, a popular and very effective presenter at Cooperative Business NZ’s governance seminars for several years now.
Deloitte brings together more than 1,200 specialists providing New Zealand's widest range of high quality professional financial services.
This law firm is New Zealand's leading adviser to co-operatives, mutuals and societies - advising Cooperative Business NZ, and its forerunner, for over two decades now while having played a significant role within NZ co-operative law reform back in the 1990’s.
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