October 2019

New co-op leadership programmes: Book now!

Christchurch 18th & 19th November Hosted by: Farmlands 535 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Time: Commencing 8.30am – 5pm Wellington 25th & 26th November Hosted by: Buddle Findlay, Aon Centre, 1 Willis Street, Time: Commencing 8.30am – 5pm Co-operative Business New Zealand is pleased to extend its professional

Global co-op movement meets in Rwanda

Co-operative News reports that the Global Conference of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Cooperatives for Development, is under way in Kigali, Rwanda. An estimated 1,000 representatives from 94 countries will explore how the movement can help to drive sustainable development. READ MORE

August 2019

Welcome to our new CEO, Roz Henry

Roz Henry, pictured, is our new Chief Executive Officer of Cooperative Business NZ, starting her new role in time to meet Members at our recent AGM and Annual Awards Dinner in Wellington.

Scaling up to score big

The New Zealand game industry has experienced 39% annual growth for the last six years and now there’s a Hawkes Bay worker co-op scaling up to score big, while promoting Māori economic development.

Celebrating our co-operative DNA

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).

LIC wins Co-operative Business of the Year

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.

Taylor made Co-operative Leader of the Year

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.

LIC and Fonterra win for Agrigate

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.

Outstanding Co-operative Contribution: Rob Hewett

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.