News

December 2018

Fonterra’s drive for true sustainability

Economic, environmental and social sustainability is at the core of the co-operative business model while having a sustainable co-operative is one of three core platforms for Fonterra’s strategy, writes Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland. In many ways it is the most vital as well as the most challenging, he says. “Fonterra has a

November 2018

Iwi adopt co-op structure

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)

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.

Co-operation amongst co-operatives: the BCI story

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.

Innovative irrigators united

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.

October 2018

Seven NZ Co-ops in World’s Top 300

Seven NZ co-operatives now appear in the world's top 300 as announced last week at the ICA’s General Assembly held in Buenos Aires. The world’s top 300 co-ops now have a combined turnover of just over US$2.0 trillion according to the latest edition of the World Co-operative Monitor, this based on 2016 revenues.

Capitalism Replaced by Co-operatives Globally

In this article, Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland writes that while corporate capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, it has devastated parts of the planet and failed to improve human well-being at scale.  He sets out the harsh reality of the present and explains how the sustainable co-operative business model provides hope

September 2018

Global challenges and how co-operatives can help

In this article, Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland sets out the case for more co-operatives throughout the world, including across the UK, to counter unsustainable, inequitable and undemocratic economic models.