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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
On July 1st, the world will celebrate the 95th International Co-operatives Day. The co-operative movement will show how its unique business model, being based on democracy and openness, creates opportunities for those most at risk
Auckland’s housing crisis could be alleviated by the formation of housing co-operatives which have proven successful overseas but are strangely absent here in New Zealand. Take Zurich for example, ranked the world’s second most liveable city in the 2017 Mercer index, where nearly a quarter of all new housing units (stand-alone houses, apartments, units, townhouses etc) have been built by co-ops since 2000. If Auckland truly aspires to become the world’s most liveable city and realise NZ’s economic potential, then it could well learn from the Swiss and embrace a co-operative solution to the housing crisis.
The recent joint university study The NZ Co-operative Economy confirmed that NZ’s co-operatives, mutuals and societies make up around a fifth of our economy. Importantly, they are Member-owned and led rather than investor-owned and led businesses and organisations.
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is holding its biennial global conference and general assembly later this year in Malaysia. ICA Member Cooperative Business NZ will be represented by our Chief Executive Craig Presland. Visit malaysia2017.ica.coop for more
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:
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
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.
Visique is a co-operative network of independent optometrists located on the main streets of NZ’s towns and cities. Established in 2000, the proudly NZ-owned and operated co-op takes great care of Kiwi eyes.
Corporate Associate Members
Established in 1956, New Zealand-based Baycorp means a great deal to businesses, co-ops and mutuals included, as the go-to solution to help with non-payment from debtors. Baycorp’s experience, processes and people help its clients to unlock debt, with robust credit reporting, in-house specialist legal action and field services options.
Safe365 is smart Kiwi software which is rapidly changing the game when it comes to workplace health and safety. Launched in September 2016, the online application assesses your organisation, develops your personalised health and safety action plan and provides you with the support you need to improve.
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.
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