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August 2018

Pioneering woman among co-operative champions recognized

14 August 2018. Westland Milk Products, Farmlands, Silver Fern Farms, Murray King and Kim DeGarnham have won Cooperative Business New Zealand’s 2018 Annual Awards. The awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to the co-operative business sector, were presented in Christchurch at an event hosted by New Zealand’s apex body for co-operatives, mutuals and societies.

March 2018

Environmental and economic sustainability dominate co-operative leaders’ forum

1 March 2018 Environmental and economic sustainability shared the agenda when New Zealand’s co-operative business sector leaders met this week (Tuesday, 27 February) at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre. In his keynote address to the second annual Co-operative Leaders’ Forum, cabinet minister Hon. David Parker, whose portfolios include economic development, trade and export growth, and the environment, told the audience that the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

August 2017

Proudly co-operative, Fonterra wins award

11 August 2017

Cooperative Business NZ 2017 Annual Award winners are, from left: Duncan Coull (representing Fonterra); Oliver O'Neill (Ruralco); Neil Cowie (Mitre 10); and Brian Cameron.

New Zealand's biggest co-operative, Fonterra has been recognised by its peers at a celebration of the people-centred, values-based co-operative business model.

March 2017

NZ’s co-operative economy mapped for the first time

New Zealand’s co-operative economy has been comprehensively mapped for the first time, revealing the significance of the sector in terms of revenue, jobs, and membership, as well as obvious differences between New Zealand’s and other co-operative economies. A new report finds the co-operative sector contributes revenues of more than $42.3 billion per annum and New Zealand’s Top 30 co-operatives and mutuals are responsible for 1.4 million memberships, employment of 48,500 people, and a revenue to GDP ratio of 17.5 per cent.

Economic Development Minister addresses Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum

University researchers, top executives and a leading cabinet minister were among the presenters at the first Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum held at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre on Friday, March 3rd. The event was initiated by Cooperative Business New Zealand, the industry peak body which represents the country's co-operatives and mutuals, collectively a business model of success, sustainability and social responsibility.

September 2016

Understanding the co-op model and its importance to NZ

Statement from Cooperative Business New Zealand CEO Craig Presland

The co-operative business model has stood the test of time and thrives throughout the world, while New Zealand is an outstanding example of its enduring success, writes Craig Presland, Chief Executive of Cooperative Business New Zealand which represents the interests of this country’s co-operatives and mutuals.

August 2016

Kiwi co-operatives celebrate success

Fonterra, Farmlands and FMG among the award winners

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 at the Cooperative Business New Zealand Annual Awards Dinner, held last night (August 10th) at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

June 2016

Universities to study NZ’s co-operative sector

New Zealand’s co-operative business sector is better known overseas than in this country but that is set to change with two leading universities joining forces to conduct the first research study into the economic contribution of Kiwi co-ops. On the back of United Nations (UN) and International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) reports indicating New Zealand to be one of the most co-operative economies in the world, this country’s industry body Cooperative Business New Zealand has commissioned Massey University and University of Auckland researchers to undertake an independent study into the sector.