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New Zealand is one of the most co-operative business economies in the world with the top 30 co-operatives alone contributing 13% of GDP by revenue and employing more than 41,000 New Zealanders. A co-operative is a member-owned and controlled business and has a number of unique characteristics that lawyers need to understand to work effectively in this area. This webinar will include the perspectives of legal and tax experts in this field and help ensure that you are able to understand these characteristics on a practical level and are equipped to provide your clients with robust advice.

This webinar will cover:

  • Overview of New Zealand co-operatives and the co-operative model
  • The features of the Co-operative Companies Act 1996 and what legal professionals need to know
  • Capital structuring options and tax considerations for a co-operative company.

Learning objectives

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Have a better understanding of co-operative companies including the history, procedure for becoming a co-operative and capital structuring options.
  • Learn the key features of the Co-operative Companies Act 1996 and other relevant legislation used by co-operatives.
  • Be reminded of financial reporting considerations and tax differences.

Who should attend

All legal professionals specialising in corporate law for small and medium businesses.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge

For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the multiple registration button below or Click here


  • Webinar 11.00am - 12.30pm, Wednesday 6 April 2022
  • Registration closes  - 3.00pm, Tuesday 5 April 2022

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Webinar 6 April
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Fay Ian 2022 v2 Ian Fay
Deloitte New Zealand, Wellington

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with over 18 years of New Zealand tax experience (and 10 years United Kingdom experience). His work includes providing transaction support, tax advisory and tax compliance services to a wide range of clients. Ian often advises clients on choice of business structure and changes to business structures to accommodate growth, international expansion and different operating models. His clients are mainly small- and medium-sized businesses including some social enterprises and a number of co-operatives.

Green Rebecca 2022 v2 Rebecca Green
Buddle Findlay, Christchurch

Rebecca specialises in financial markets regulation, financial product offerings and advice, corporate statutory/regulatory compliance, banking products and structuring/governance matters. Her clients include companies and co-operative companies, a wide range of financial institutions and financial service providers (including bank and non-bank lenders, deposit-takers, financial advisers and brokers) and those issuing financial products.

Henry Rox 2022 v2 Roz Henry
Cooperative Business New Zealand, Auckland

Cooperative Business New Zealand is the peak body representing New Zealand’s member-owned businesses whose members sit across a breadth of industries, including Fonterra, Foodstuffs, Mitre10, ITM, FMG, SBS, Southern Cross, Procare and PaperPlus. Roz took up the role of CEO in 2019 with her founding career having been with the New Zealand Dairy Board (Fonterra) throughout the 90’s, followed by 15 years management consulting both in New Zealand and Europe. Her more recent experience is working in regional government at Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Unlimited in their international investment team.

Hercus Alastair 2022 Alastair Hercus
Buddle Findlay, Wellington

Alastair specialises in corporate and public law. He has worked with co-operatives and mutuals for over 25 years. Alastair played a major role in the drafting of the Co‑operative Companies Act 1996. He has advised on the establishment and operation of numerous co-operatives, large and small, in various sectors ranging from financial services to the primary sector. Alastair has worked with Cooperative Business New Zealand for many years on regulatory and legislative issues affecting co-operatives.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.
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