The Rochdale Pioneers and their seven principles

In 1844 a group of 28 artisans working in the cotton mills in the town of Rochdale, in the north of England, established the first modern co-operative business, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. In doing so, these Rochdale Pioneers laid the foundations of the co-operative movement and our enduring business model.

April 24th, 2018|

2018 Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum

Environmental and economic sustainability dominate

Environmental and economic sustainability shared the agenda at our second annual Co-operative Business NZ Leaders’ Forum in late February at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre. In his keynote address, cabinet minister Hon. David Parker (pictured) - whose portfolios include economic development, trade and export growth, and the environment - told an audience of almost 100 Members that the economy was a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

March 1st, 2018|

Co-operative to the core: Brian Cameron

Co-founder of Cooperative Business NZ in 1982, Brian Cameron received the Outstanding Contribution Award at our AGM & Awards Dinner held at Auckland last August. The Ashburton octogenarian also co-founded what’s now Irrigation NZ in 1978.

January 24th, 2018|

Valuable insights from the ICA General Assembly, Malaysia, Nov 2017

New Zealand was represented at the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) AGM and General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month by our Chief Executive Craig Presland. In this article, Craig reports how the four-day forum provided greater insight into this global organization, recent global trends and opportunities, and what role we can play here in NZ in terms of supporting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

November 27th, 2017|

Global Conference attracts 1800 co-op leaders

More than 1,800 co-operators met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the International Co-operative Alliance’s (ICA) Global Conference and General Assembly (14- 17 November) – including Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland.

November 20th, 2017|