On July 1st, the world will celebrate the 95th International Co-operatives Day. The co-operative movement will show how its unique business model, being based on democracy and openness, creates opportunities for those most at risk
NZPM was formed in 1964 by a group of master plumbers led by Ido De Bernardo to establish a merchant chain throughout New Zealand. The goals of this co-operative chain were to improve the profitability and quality of service and products to its plumber shareholders.
Visique is a co-operative network of independent optometrists located on the main streets of NZ’s towns and cities. Established in 2000, the proudly NZ-owned and operated co-op takes great care of Kiwi eyes.
Auckland’s housing crisis could be alleviated by the formation of housing co-operatives which have proven successful overseas but are strangely absent here in New Zealand. Take Zurich for example, ranked the world’s second most liveable city in the 2017 Mercer index, where nearly a quarter of all new housing units (stand-alone houses, apartments, units, townhouses etc) have been built by co-ops since 2000. If Auckland truly aspires to become the world’s most liveable city and realise NZ’s economic potential, then it could well learn from the Swiss and embrace a co-operative solution to the housing crisis.
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is holding its biennial global conference and general assembly later this year in Malaysia. ICA Member Cooperative Business NZ will be represented by our Chief Executive Craig Presland. Visit malaysia2017.ica.coop for more
University researchers, top executives and the recently appointed Minister for Economic Development Hon. Simon Bridges, pictured, were among the presenters at our first Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum held at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre on March 3rd.