why join?

the benefits of membership

Your membership will pay for itself

A Network worth being part of

Member-owned businesses are unique.

By aligning yourself with the peak representative body of this business model, you’re ensuring your organisation, governors and senior leaders gain access to unique co-operative opportunities that will assist in your ongoing growth and prosperity.

Explore some of the benefits of membership with us below. 


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Get your voice heard

A collective voice helps get the message across. Feed your thoughts, and opinions into our advocacy work. We regularly meet with Government, regulators and agencies to enact change. 

Prepare for the future

Utilise our education and training opportunities to ensure you have the right people with the right skills ready to take your business to the next level. 

Unlock opportunities

Tap into networking and collaboration opportunities with your co-operative peers and industry partners. Events range from round-table discussions to Leaders and sector Forums.

Showcase your co-operative

Co-operatives are purpose-driven business. We want to make this known. Contribute to our member story initiatives, participate in awareness campaigns, or take part in the Annual Awards.

Access exclusive resources

Whatever stage you are in your co-operative journey, you’ll get access to the latest insights, data, templates and guidelines to help you thrive. 

Walk the talk

The co-operative principals are fundamental to the way you do business. We provide a platform that assists in delivering on these day in and day out. 

become a member

Full Member

For member-owned organisations operating under co-operative principles.

Full members enjoy the full breadth of our services. Participate in all advocacy and lobbying efforts relevant to your organisation, join round-table discussions on topical issues, attend events training at member rates, access all resources and specialist and more.

Provisional Member

For individuals or groups looking to establish a co-operative.

Provisional membership allows you to participate in events and training and member rates, access all educational resources and tap into our network of specialist support. 

Corporate Associate

For organisations identified as offering specialist services of value to our members.

Alongside sharing your services and working directly with our full membership body, you also get to take advantage of education and training member rates, networking opportunities and utilise all resources and data to aid in building understanding of the sector. 

Individual Member

For senior leaders who are advocates for the model and want to independently be involved.

Take advantage of networking opportunities, participate in advocacy efforts and topical discussions, and attend all events and training at member rates.

Honorary Members

Honorary membership is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sector. This includes past Chairs of the Cooperative Business NZ Board.