Trade Aid Annual Report 2016

Trade Aid is a social enterprise helping talented people around the world improve their lives through fair trade. Est.1973, New Zealand.

As New Zealand’s oldest and largest fair trade organisation, we have over 40 years’ experience in combining development and trade. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of what constitutes the highest standards in fair trade. We put people before profit and are 100% committed to improving the lives of the talented producers and artisans we work with.

We source our handmade, fair trade products from 27 countries and 66 trading partners. Our diverse and beautiful merchandise ranges from food and body products, to homewares and personal accessories, to name a few. Our products are sold through our 31 branded stores, our online shop, distributed to wholesalers and manufactures, and are available through selected supermarkets and a variety of specialty retail outlets. In a world of mass-produced and factory made, Trade Aid celebrates the craft of making.

Engaging the New Zealand public about trade justice, the lives of our producers, and the impact of fair trade is an integral part of what we do.  We have an education programme and a great team of volunteers throughout the country who make it their mission to spread the Trade Aid message.

Trade Aid is verified by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Fair Trade Guarantee System, the first international fair trade system that verifies organisations’ compliance with all principles of fair trade. This means we go beyond just paying a fair price for our products, you can read about some of the ways we provide support to our trading partners here.

The past financial year was one of growth and change, and illustrates that it is possible to use business to build a better world.  Firstly, thank you to our trading partners for your revolutionary work with artisans and growers in your communities. To our friends, customers, volunteers and staff, thank you for  your continuing support of this important work here in New Zealand.  We hope you enjoy sharing in the successes and challenges of the past year with us.

Nga mihi nui,

Trade Aid


Trade Aid NZ Committee members:

  • Natalie Baird (Chair)
  • Rebecca Sheehy (Secretary)
  • Karen Yung
  • Michael McKay
  • Jo Wills
  • Sara Walton
  • Ian Collis
  • Justin Purser
  • Lyn Jackson
  • Pamela Dowd

Trade Aid Importers Board members:

  • Lyn Jackson (Chair)
  • Geoff Angus
  • Chris Knowles
  • Vi Cottrell
  • Kevin Searle
  • Margaret Court
  • Doug Spence