The land "Out-East" was recognized as some of the most fertile in the country. A fact proven by the rapidly expanding market gardening operations in the Opotiki district before the British army invaded in 1866, illegally confiscating the lands despite the colonial Government having issued an order some weeks prior to the landings in Opotiki that all Maori land confiscations were to stop. The kaupapa of the Co-Op is to observe the protocols of Tikanga in helping whanau to rebuild agricultural based income from the whenua.
It has long been recognized that a Co-Op business enterprise structure supports the observance of and adherence to the protocols of Tikanga Maori.
The principles and protocols apply equally from the individual through the largest Iwi tribal collectives.
The Constitution of the Co-Op requires that our GMS members control no less than 60% of the voting capital.
Co-Op legislation in most countries provides for external investor support. In NZ, IMS members can hold up to 40% - the figure provided for under the Constitution of the Co-Op.
All investment focused early stage investors indirectly participate in the operations of the NZ Co-Op through the US incorporated capital raising entity