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,

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. Fonterra Co-operative Group, to give the dairy

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

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,

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

June 2016

New Zealand backs International Day of Co-operatives (July 2nd)

New Zealand, the country whose economy is rated as the world’s most co-operative by the United Nations, is lending its support to a global initiative dedicated towards sustainable development. Cooperative Business New Zealand, the industry body which advocates for and supports the co-operative sector in NZ, is backing the International Day of Co-operatives (Saturday, July

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