Sunday, 21 October 2018

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Community ownership of Kuaotunu Store considered

More than 40 people attended a meeting in the Kuaotunu Hall on Friday evening last week about a local community cooperative possibly purchasing the Kuaotunu Store.

An informal steering group of Kuaotunu residents is behind the initiative. “Among us we have people who have been involved in both small and big businesses before as well as people with social enterprise experience,” says James Muir, one of the members of the steering group. “People started talking about the Kuaotunu Store becoming owned by the community because the store is at the moment for sale, but it’s not a new idea. When the store was previously up for sale, the proposition was also raised.

“The reality is that a community-owned store is quite achievable. If 200 people each invest $5,000, we can make it happen. There’s no reason why a community cooperative cannot run the store at a profit. It can be a true business by the people for the people, a business that can change and adapt as the community grows and changes.

“The meeting on Friday evening was encouraging and the steering group will now seriously look at what can be done to convince potential investors of the financial viability of the community owning the Kuaotunu Store.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the initiative, can email the steering group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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