Christchurch, 7 August 2015
Cooperative Business New Zealand celebrated another successful year for the co-operative business sector’s at the industry peak body’s 2015 AGM held in central Christchurch.
Chair of CBNZ’s Board of Directors, Jonathan Lee, and Chief Executive, Ian Macintosh, reported the organisation’s achievements and activities over the 12 months to June 2015, the highlight of which was New Zealand being named by the United Nations as the world’s most co-operative economy in a survey of 145 countries.
In a recently adopted tradition, Cooperative Business presented awards to three companies which highlight the enduring success of the co-operative business model.
- Mitre 10 (41 years)
- Accuro Insurance (25 years)
- Kerikeri Irrigation (25 years}
“Co-ops continue to prove they are modern businesses, efficient and competitive in a fast-paced market across many sectors,” Mr Lee told the well-attended event.
“Just as Mitre 10 is a symbol of our DIY culture, co-operatives are at the heart of our nation’s DNA. We are better together, active in our local communities and driving our national economy.”
The Board of Directors, pictured above, included two new faces: Karen Kenny of Rabobank and LIC Director Murray Jagger.
Following the AGM and awards ceremony, CBNZ members, pictured, attended a guided tour of leading co-operative Foodstuffs South Island’s new, state of the art distribution facility at Hornby.