95th International Co-operatives Day

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

June 14th, 2017|

Co-op values at the core

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.

May 28th, 2017|

Co-op vision still sharply in focus

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.

May 27th, 2017|

Co-operatives can alleviate the Auckland housing crisis

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.

May 17th, 2017|

ICA Conference puts people first

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 for more

April 24th, 2017|