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) 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.
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.
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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Grower-owned co-operative, Market Gardeners Ltd trading as MG Marketing was established in 1923 by a small band of resolute growers to leverage greater value for their produce. It was from these humble beginnings that the foundations were laid for a successful co-operative that values the benefits of shared knowledge and collective capability. Today, MG represents more than 400 grower shareholders and is a leading supplier of fresh produce.
The establishment of a grower co-operative in 2015 helped to save the New Zealand walnut industry. With a shared commitment to growing, processing & marketing only high-quality nuts, the co-op now has a growing membership. With the sale of the small but well-established processing
First Credit Union became New Zealand’s first affiliated credit union when it began in 1955.
Mataatua Whenua Cooperative is an Opotiki-based enterprise founded on Maori protocols (tikanga) and co-operative principles. It plans to use the oil from macadamia & manuka to produce a range of eco-friendly skin care & therapeutic products.
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