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
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.
In this article, Co-operative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland challenges the anti-Pacific rhetoric of media commentator Heather Du Plessis-Allan, sets the record straight on the Pacific’s importance to New Zealand and explains how the co-operative business model can aid the sustainable development of the region.
Cooperative Business NZ is speaking up for Fonterra and the co-operative business model, with CEO Craig Presland going in to bat for our largest co-op through the media and beyond.
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.
Martin Dippie, Chairman of one of NZ’s 10 largest cooperatives, was our guest speaker prior to the Annual Awards Dinner held in Christchurch on 14th August and provided an absorbing and lively presentation on the successful evolution and growth of his cooperative in NZ since 1974. Martin started his first business aged 14 when he and his brother harvested Ponga logs from the Catlin’s forests on Otago. He brought his first North Dunedin student investment house in 1984, aged 17, and steadily built up a portfolio of over 30 student properties over the next few years. In 1987 Martin and his brother purchased a family garden retail business known as Nichols. They grew this business substantially by opening 7 days a week and adding a landscaping division.