Being a member

Membership Criteria

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.

How to become a Member:

Organisations and individuals interested in becoming a member need to apply to the Committee, specifying the way in which the applicant qualifies for membership. The Committee undertakes to review all applications as quickly as possible, usually at the monthly Committee meeting.

Please complete the online application form:

Alternatively, you can open the following link, print and complete this document in Microsoft Word format (click here to open the link: “DSA Membership Application – 2020 July“) then email to

Membership Fees:

Membership Fees (as approved by the DSA Committee, February 2020)
DSA fees for April 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021:

  • Full membership $250;
  • Associate membership $100.

Fees are calculated pro rata to adjust for the month joined during the financial year.

The April 2021 – March 2022 fees will be confirmed before 1st April 2021. The fees will reflect the priorities and budgets as identified by the DSA membership and Committee.