Cooperative Business NZ proudly represents the interests of this country’s co-ops and mutuals.
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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
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
University researchers, top executives and the recently appointed Minister for Economic Development Hon. Simon Bridges, pictured, were among the presenters at our first Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum held at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre on March 3rd.
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:
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
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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Our Full Members