Cooperative Business NZ fully supports last week’s announcement by PM Jacinda Ardern to set up a Business Advisory Council. While this will no doubt help bridge the gap between our government and the business sector, there are several issues and opportunities that this Council can focus strongly on including: reversing the decline in business confidence, driving true sustainability across our business sector (economically, environmentally and socially), reducing skills shortages and improving productivity.
The 2018 Co-operative Business NZ Annual Awards winners are, back row, from left: Silver Fern Farms (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Shareholder Relations Manager, Clark Taylor; Farmlands (joint winner – Co-operation Amongst Co-operatives award, represented by Director Strategy and Communications, Farmlands, Colm Hamrogue); Murray King (Co-operative Leader of the Year), Chairman Livestock Improvement Corporation. Front row, from left: Kim DeGarnham (Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award winner, former GM Employee and Support Services/Company Secretary, Foodstuffs South Island) and Westland Milk Products (Co-operative Business of the Year, represented by CEO Toni Brendish).
Kim DeGarnham, pictured, received the Outstanding Co-operative Contribution award in recognition of her significant contributions stretching over 30 years. In 1996 Kim became the first appointed female manager at Foodstuffs South Island and then, in 2009, when she was appointed to the Corporate Executive team, she also broke new ground as its first female executive. She has mentored, supported and encouraged female co-op members and staff throughout her career.
The new Cooperative Business New Zealand Board is, from left: Neil Cowie, Fiona Hancox, Andy Grant, Lisa Murray, Christine Burr and Jonathan Lee (Chair). Two new faces have joined the board for a three-year term from (August 14th’s) 2018 AGM: Mitre 10’s CEO Neil Cowie and Andy Grant, Director at Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Ltd (ALIL).
I’m not a greenie, nor an academic or activist. I’m an everyday Kiwi who has the privilege of leading NZ’s apex body for co-operatives, mutuals and societies which, together, generate almost one-fifth of our GDP and serve 1 in 3 Kiwis as members.
- July 7th is International Day of Co-operatives
- The theme is “Responsible Consumption and Production of Goods and Services” (SDG No. 12).
- Kiwi apex body, Cooperative Business New Zealand, says through co-operatives and collaboration, NZ can become the world’s most sustainable nation.