Outstanding success set to be celebrated at the Annual Awards: 2023 Finalists Announced

By Cooperative Business New Zealand | August 2023
The Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards aims to recognise the outstanding success of New Zealand's operative's and mutuals, alongside their leaders who work tireless to achieve these outcomes.

Following another bumper year of nominations, the independent judging panel’s decisions are now in and the finalists for this year’s awards can finally be revealed.

The judges had their work cut out for them. It’s fantastic to see so many nominations of exceptional calibre highlighting the work of our member owned business community and their people. 

Without further ado, this year’s finalists are…

Co-operative / Mutual of the Year

  • Farmers’ Mutual Group (FMG)
  • SBS Bank

Leader of the Year

  • Peter Hendry, CEO, MG Group
  • Bindi Norwell, Group Chief Executive, ProCare
  • Mark Wynne, CEO, Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Danny Hailes, general Manager Livestock & Shareholder Services, Alliance
  • Murray King, Chair, LIC
  • Dr Ants Roberts, Chief Scientist, Ravensdown
  • Mark Wynne, CEO, Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Emerging Business of the Year

  • Combined Building Supplies (CBS)
  • NZ Cleaning Coop
  • Truestock

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • Harriet Bell, Head of Key Accounts & Sales Experience, Farmlands
  • Kate Higgins, Senior Agri Manager, Ravensdown
  • Lincoln Roper, Senior Advisor, KPMG / Shareholder, Roper and Sons
  • Ruby Sealey-Lawson, GIS Analyst, Geospatial, Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Enduring Service Awards

The Awards Evening also provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the longevity and resilience of the co-operative and mutual models.

Full members who have reached a milestone of 25, 50, 75 or 100 years operation as a co-operative or mutual are awarded an Enduring Service Award in this non-judged award category. Reaching these milestones are testament to the longevity and sustainability of the co-operative model.

This year we will be recognising:

  • MG Group (100 Years)
  • Alliance (75 Years)
  • Silver Fern Farms (75 Years)
  • BCI (25 Years)
  • Appliance Connexion (25 Years)

The winners to the judged categories will be revealed at the Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards Cocktail Evening in October 2023. Hosted in Wellington, this will be a wonderful evening of networking, drinks, canapés, and celebration. Anyone can attend, even if they are not up for an Award. 

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