AGM & Annual Awards

2018

Mitre 10 Chairman’s pre-dinner address

Martin Dippie, Chairman of one of NZ’s 10 largest cooperatives, was our guest speaker prior to the Annual Awards Dinner held in Christchurch on 14th August and provided an absorbing and lively presentation on the successful evolution and growth of his cooperative in NZ since 1974. Martin started his first business aged 14 when he and his brother harvested Ponga logs from the Catlin’s forests on Otago. He brought his first North Dunedin student investment house in 1984, aged 17, and steadily built up a portfolio of over 30 student properties over the next few years. In 1987 Martin and his brother purchased a family garden retail business known as Nichols. They grew this business substantially by opening 7 days a week and adding a landscaping division.

Co-operative champions recognised

The 2018 Co-operative Business NZ Annual Awards winners are, back row, from left: Silver Fern Farms (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Shareholder Relations Manager, Clark Taylor; Farmlands (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Director Strategy and Communications, Farmlands, Colm Hamrogue); Murray King (Co-operative Leader of the Year), Chairman Livestock Improvement Corporation. Front row, from left: Kim DeGarnham (Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award winner, former GM Employee and Support Services/Company Secretary, Foodstuffs South Island) and Westland Milk Products (Co-operative Business of the Year, represented by CEO Toni Brendish).

Westland wins Co-operative Business of the Year

Westland Milk Products’ CEO, Toni Brendish, pictured, co-collected the 2018 Co-operative Business of the Year award on behalf of the Hokitika-based, farmer-owned dairy co-operative. Westland won recognition for successfully re-inventing itself using the enduring co-operative model as a strength, while promoting to its customers the productive relationship it has with its 350 shareholding farmers.

King crowned Co-operative Leader of the Year

Chairman of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), Nelson’s Murray King, pictured, received the Co-operative Leader of the Year award. He was recognised for his exceptional leadership while steering the agri-tech co-operative through a sustained period of disruption and uncertainty.

Joint award celebrates co-operation

Shareholder Relations Manager, Clark Taylor (Silver Fern Farms) and Director Strategy and Communications, Colm Hamrogue (Farmlands) collected the joint Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award in recognition of the co-ops’ joint governance training initiative, To the Core. This award takes its name from one of the co-operative movement’s founding seven Rochdale Principles.

Co-operative pioneer made outstanding contribution

Kim DeGarnham, pictured, received the Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award in recognition of her significant contributions stretching over 30 years. In 1996 Kim became the first appointed female manager at Foodstuffs South Island and then, in 2009, when she was appointed to the Corporate Executive team, she also broke new ground as its first female executive. She has mentored, supported and encouraged female co-op members and staff throughout her career.

New Board elected

The new Cooperative Business New Zealand Board is, from left: Neil Cowie, Fiona Hancox, Andy Grant, Lisa Murray, Christine Burr and Jonathan Lee (Chair). Two new faces have joined the board for a three-year term from (August 14th’s) 2018 AGM: Mitre 10’s CEO Neil Cowie and Andy Grant, Director at Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL).

Nominations for Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards, 2018

1st June 2018 Dear Members, This year our Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch, on Tuesday 14th August 2018 commencing from 7.00pm. This event is all about recognising and celebrating those individuals and organisations which have led outstanding co-operative success over the 2017/18 financial year (1st June 2017 to 31 May 2018). This year’s 4 awards have not changed from last year and include the award: “Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives” as we have sought to drive increased collaboration across the NZ Co-op Family once again, this including Co-operatives, Mutuals and Societies. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the outstanding contribution made by so many staff, management and board members in serving their co-operative businesses, organisations and local communities. We’d like to invite you to make your nominations now for the Cooperative NZ Annual Awards to be presented at this event. All nominations will be considered by an independent Review Panel that has been appointed by Cooperative Business NZ Board. Read More

Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards criteria and nomination forms

2017

Celebration of all things co-operative

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.

Co-operative Business of the Year

FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP

Fonterra 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.

Co-operative Leader of the Year

NEIL COWIE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE – MITRE 10

Mitre 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.

Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives

OLIVER O’NEILL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – RURALCO

Ruralco 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.

Outstanding Co-operative Contribution

BRIAN CAMERON, CO-OPERATIVE PIONEER

Honorary 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.

CBNZ – Board Election Process and Timetable, 2017

Dear Cooperative Business NZ Members,

We will be holding our 35th AGM at Eden Park, Auckland, from 5.00pm on Thursday 10th August.

In accordance with Rule 16.1, elections of directors are to be held prior to Cooperative Business NZ’s Annual General Meeting. The Board currently comprises of six elected directors and one independent director. Under this election, there will be two director roles that will expire by rotation, both incumbents have advised that they will seek re-election. The relevant Rules relating to director appointments are included in Appendix 2.

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Annual awards criteria and nomination forms

Nominations for Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards, 2017

1st June 2017

Dear Members,

This year our Annual Awards Dinner will be held at Eden Park, Auckland on Thursday 10th August 2017 commencing from 7.00pm.

This event is all about recognising and celebrating those individuals and organisations which have led co-operative success. This year we have added a new award: “Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives” as we have sought to drive increased collaboration across the NZ Co-op Family, this including Co-operatives, Mutuals and Societies.

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2016

Kiwi co-operatives celebrate success

Co-operatives are the business model that has stood the test of time, says the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance who is himself a member of five Kiwi co-ops. Bill English was speaking

Chief Executive’s Report to 2016 AGM

By Craig Presland.

It is a pleasure to present my CEO Report for Cooperative Business NZ after nearly four months in my role and after having travelled around NZ meeting with most of our Members. For those who hosted me thanks again for your warm and kind hospitality.

Deputy PM confirmed as Guest Speaker

“The importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy” will be the topic of Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Bill English’s address at this year’s Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards Dinner on August 10th in Wellington.

Three new excellence awards announced

Cooperative Business NZ will present three new awards in a celebration of co-operative excellence at our 2016 Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 10th at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. The inaugural awards will acknowledge those

Two nominees will fill Board vacancies

Warmest congratulations to Fiona Hancox and Lisa Murray who will join the Board of Cooperative Business NZ shortly. They were successfully nominated to fill the two Director roles which will become vacant immediately following our AGM on 10th August.

2015

2015 Annual General Meeting

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.

2014

Enduring Service Awards debut

Before presenting the inaugural Enduring Service Awards to its longstanding member co-operatives and mutuals, Cooperative Business New Zealand Chair, Jonathan Lee, spoke of the sustainability of the co-operative business model. “We’re formally recognising a collective

The Cooperative Business NZ’s AGM Event 2014

Cooperative Business NZ’s 2014 AGM event was a great success with an impressive line-up: a collective 1,600 years in business for 31 organisations were recognised over the evening. With an impressive list of members it