The annual awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to the co-operative business sector, were presented on August 15 in Wellington at an event hosted by Cooperative Business NZ – New Zealand’s apex body for co-operatives, mutuals and societies. Pictured above are, left to right: Carl Taylor (CBS Co-op), Emma Parsons (CEO Agrigate, a 50/50 joint venture between LIC and Fonterra), Murray King (LIC) and Rob Hewett (Silver Fern Farms).
Murray King, Chairman of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), collected the 2019 Co-operative Business of the Year award on behalf of the Waikato-based, dairy farmer-owned co-op. The DNA of New Zealand’s dairy industry, LIC was recognised for world-leading biosecurity protection in the face of Mycoplasma bovis, among many other achievements.
Builder, entrepreneur and co-founder of one-year-old building supplies start-up CBS Co-operative, Carl Taylor (left) has been recognised as the country’s Co-operative Leader of the Year. The Cantabrian is pictured receiving his award from Alastair Hercus, a member of this year’s independent judging panel.
Emma Parsons, CEO of Agrigate, a 50/50 joint venture between Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and Fonterra, collected the 2019 Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award for the co-ops’ data-sharing and exchange platform.
Former Silver Fern Farms Co-op Ltd Chairman and future Farmlands Chairman, Rob Hewett (right), receives his award from Minister James Shaw, in recognition of Rob’s outstanding contribution to the Kiwi co-operative sector.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
1st June 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nominations for Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards, 2017
1st June 2017
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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