Co-operatives have always played their part in building New Zealand’s “rock star” economy, including the quarrymen from Rodney Co-operative Lime.
Established in 1930, the co-op is located on a 22-hectare site near Warkworth – 64 kms north of Auckland.
The co-op’s distinguished history is proudly recorded online – where you’ll read about the prolific performance of the company’s two employees – Andy and Jim – hard at work behind the digger’s wheel in their lime-coloured fluoro gear.
Specialising in agriculture lime, lime rock for farm roads and race rock, the team produce a 50/50 mix of limestone and blue metal as a lower cost roading alternative.
The days of using explosives to blast away at the quarry ended two decades ago, but over the past five years the impressive annual output has been almost 15,000 tonnes of agricultural lime and more than 23,000 cubic metres of limestone metal.
Rodney Co-operative Lime is an agent for fellow co-op, Ballance Agri-nutrients, mixing and despatching fertiliser both in bulk and in bags.
Company Secretary since 1984, Bryce Nicholls says the co-op may be a little fish in a big pond, but being a member of Cooperative Business NZ enables its points of view to be heard and shared.
He says the co-op’s 470 mainly farmer shareholders each hold 200 $1 shares, qualifying them for discounts on products for which others pay full price.