Cooperative Business New Zealand is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Annual Awards. 

The awards celebrate and recognise outstanding leadership and success within the New Zealand co-operative sector.

"We received many nominations this year, highlighting the vast spread of sector and size of co-operatives in New Zealand. The judges were very impressed with the calibre of nominations, and this made the judging process a difficult one," says Cooperative Business NZ CEO Roz Henry. 

"We want to thank all of you who put forward a nomination. Doing so during challenging times like this is a fantastic achievement in itself. We’re honoured to be representing so many fantastic co-operatives and businesses."

The 2021 finalists are:

CO-OPERATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • FMG
  • MG Marketing
  • NZPM

CO-OPERATIVE LEADER OF THE YEAR

  • Nicola Devine, General Manager, Interflora
  • Rob Kidd, CEO, NZPM
  • Ruth Knewstubb, Chief People Officer, Farmlands
  • Wayne McNee, Chief Executive, LIC

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CO-OPERATIVES

  • Gordon Guthrie, Retired CEO, EA Networks
  • Graeme Sutton, Chair, Provelco
  • Warwick Catto, Science Strategy Manager, Ballance Agri-Nutrients

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • NZ Cleaning Coop
  • ProCare

EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR

  • Angus Dowson, Science Extension Officer – Technology & Solutions, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Ben Ross, Branch Manager (Wellington Branch), MG Marketing
  • Emma Hinton, Senior Business Manager, Farmlands

"I would like to thank the independent judging panel members - Dr Lisa Callagher, Alastair Hercus and Phil McKendry - for giving their time to judge these awards once again this year", says Roz.

"Congratulations to all of the finalists and to those who entered a nomination. There are so many worthy participants in what has been a challenging year."

The awards are also a chance to celebrate Cooperative Business New Zealand members that have reached significant milestones. This year Fonterra are marking their 150th year since their founding co-operative.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony being held on Thursday 4 November 2021 from 6pm at Fonterra, Auckland. More information about the event and tickets can be found here.