Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New leader and era for NZ cooperatives

New leader and era for NZ cooperatives

New Chief Executive of Cooperative Business New Zealand (nz.coop), Ian Macintosh, is looking forward to promoting the significant contributions which his organisation’s members make to the Kiwi economy and society.

Cooperatives - also known as ‘co-ops’ or ‘mutual organisations’- exist for the mutual benefit of their shareholders/members and, together, share a proud tradition. As the sector’s advocate, Cooperative Business champions the interests of this country’s cooperative companies.

An experienced trade executive and community volunteer, Mr Macintosh has been appointed by the Cooperative Business board to lead its new, Auckland-based operation starting this month (April).

In announcing the appointment, Board Chair, Jonathan Lee, said cooperatives were a vitally important part of the New Zealand economic landscape – from Fonterra to Foodstuffs and many more.

“Together co-ops account for three percent of gross domestic profit (GDP), employ 43,000 people and turn over $41 billion a year,” said Mr Lee, Chief Operating Officer of the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions (NZACU), itself one of Cooperative Business’ larger members.

“Ian will help us raise the profile of co-ops both large and small, highlighting their value to New Zealand.”

While visiting the UK before officially starting his new role, Mr Macintosh was invited to meet Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance, and the Secretary-General of Cooperatives UK, Ed Mayo. The meetings served to increase Mr Macintosh’s keen interest in the cooperative sector and strengthen his understanding of what it takes for co-ops from a host of countries to prosper, providing insights to international best practice.

“Co-ops are all about partnership and on behalf of our members, Cooperative Business is very keen to work closely with central government – both politicians and officials – as well as the private and academic sectors.

“Among my key priorities is to strengthen these connections to ensure our louder co-op voice is not only heard, but our partners are motivated to help our sector grow and deliver even greater economic and social dividends for New Zealand,” he said.

[ends]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: NZ Government Deficit Smaller Than Expected In First Half

The New Zealand government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in previous months. More>>

ALSO:

Fruit & Veg Crackdown: Auckland Fruit Fly Find Under Investigation

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn... MPI has placed legal controls on the movement of fruit and some vegetables outside of a defined circular area which extends 1.5km from where the fly was trapped in Grey Lynn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Westpac NZ Reaches $2.97M Swaps Settlement

Westpac Banking Corp’s New Zealand unit has agreed to pay $2.97 million in a settlement with the Commerce Commission over the way the bank sold interest rate swaps to farmers between 2005 and 2012. More>>

ALSO:

Going Dutch: Fonterra Kicks Off $144M Partnership With Dutch Cheese Maker

Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s largest dairy exporter, has commissioned a new dairy ingredients plant in Heerenveen, in the north of the Netherlands, its first wholly-owned and operated ingredients plant in Europe. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Retail Sales Beat Estimates

New Zealand retail sales rose more than expected in the fourth quarter, led by vehicle-related transactions, food and beverages, adding to evidence that cheap credit and a growing jobs market are encouraging consumers to spend. More>>

ALSO:

Delivery Cuts Go Ahead: 'Government Money Grab' From NZ Post

"It's a money grab by the Government as the shareholder of New Zealand Post" says Postal Workers Union advocate Graeme Clarke about the changes announced by NZ Post. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news