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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.
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
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.
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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