About CBNZ

Cooperative Business NZ proudly represents the interests of this country’s co-ops and mutuals.

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Why Join

  • Advice and Guidance
  • Collaboration
  • Education.

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Types of co-ops

There are six types of co-operatives and they serve different needs.

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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.

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 Top 30 Co-ops

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What if?

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Thanks to the many Kiwi co-ops which provided images for this video. Customised versions are freely available to members upon request.


Celebrating
Co-operatives

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Key videos

The co-operative difference is a great story and one we’re delighted to share.

Here, we’ve assembled a “Best of” collection of short videos from across the co-operative world for your information.

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Film trailer, co-ops thriving in Ontario, Canada in what has been a silent transformation

Co-ops, take ownership (USA, Jane):

What is a co-op (UK):

Seven principles (USA, electricity):

A new economy trailer:

News

Fonterra’s drive for true sustainability

Economic, environmental and social sustainability is at the core of the co-operative business model while having a sustainable co-operative is one of three core platforms for Fonterra’s strategy, writes Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland.

December 7th, 2018|

Seven NZ Co-ops in World’s Top 300

Seven NZ co-operatives now appear in the world's top 300 as announced last week at the ICA’s General Assembly held in Buenos Aires. The world’s top 300 co-ops now have a combined turnover of just over US$2.0 trillion according to the latest edition of the World Co-operative Monitor, this based on 2016 revenues.

October 31st, 2018|

Capitalism Replaced by Co-operatives Globally

In this article, Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland writes that while corporate capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, it has devastated parts of the planet and failed to improve human well-being at scale. 

October 18th, 2018|

Global challenges and how co-operatives can help

In this article, Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland sets out the case for more co-operatives throughout the world, including across the UK, to counter unsustainable, inequitable and undemocratic economic models.

September 27th, 2018|

We support Business Advisory Council

Cooperative Business NZ fully supports last week’s announcement by PM Jacinda Ardern to set up a Business Advisory Council. While this will no doubt help bridge the gap between our government and the business sector, there are several issues and opportunities that this Council can focus strongly on including: reversing the decline in business confidence, driving true sustainability across our business sector (economically, environmentally and socially), reducing skills shortages and improving productivity.

September 3rd, 2018|


Welcome Video

For more information about Cooperative Business New Zealand, please contact Chief Executive Craig Presland, pictured above left with Chair Jonathan Lee.


Events

Member Profiles

Experience the world differently

World Travellers NZ is a co-operative boutique travel agency group of 25+ branded stores, branches and brokers from Kerikeri to Dunedin.

Iwi adopt co-op structure

Co-operative (ngātahi, paheko) is a concept to which Māori can relate, and this Hawkes Bay iwi has successfully embraced the sustainable business model since its Waitangi Treaty settlement eight years ago.

Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL)

Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL) is a farmer-owned co-operative, which receives its allocation of water from Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd. The co-operative currently delivers water through a network of races and pressurised pipe system to its 244 shareholder members, who collectively farm close to 30,000 hectares west and north of Ashburton.

Co-operation amongst co-operatives: the BCI story

Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Limited (BCI) was formed as a farmer owned co-operative company in 1998 and, in 2001, was granted consent to take 17 cumecs of water from the Rakaia River and irrigate 40,000 ha in Mid Canterbury.

Innovative irrigators united

Innovation, strength, organisational efficiencies and a commitment to ensuring environmentally and economically sustainable water is available for future generations. These are the cornerstones on which Ashburton-based irrigation co-operative MHV Water Ltd is based.


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