Full Membership is open (depending on approval from the Committee) to any company that owns a distilled spirits product/brand that is manufactured in New Zealand, i.e. where the essential character of the product is created in New Zealand. For clarity, the product must be more than just bottled in New Zealand.
There is also the option of Associate Membership (non-voting) for organisations/ individuals that do not meet the criteria of ordinary membership but are supporters of the industry, including:
- Raw materials suppliers, complementary beverage manufacturers, researchers, distributors or journalists
- Importers and sellers of non-NZ-made spirits (unless also active in approved membership activities above)
- Companies, individuals or hobbyists who do not sell their product commercially.
- End-product users such as bars, wineries and cocktail makers
Foundation Member status applies to those Full and Associate Members who joined before the first AGM, as a recognition for early support of the society.