NZLA Membership

Information for members and prospective members

The New Zealand Llama Association

The New Zealand Llama Association offers a place where you can meet people with a shared interest, llamas!

A place where you can share information about llamas, get help or advice, and a place to where we can support each other in the well-being and promotion of llamas.

Join the NZLA

NZ Llama Association welcomes new members. If you would like to join please fill out the form below or contact the Secretary. If you would like to learn more about llamas and the llama association please contact any of the committee or one of our members near you.

Membership Categories

  • Introductory (No voting rights)
  • Single (Individual person, full voting rights)
  • Associate (Same as a single member but no voting rights)
  • Family (2 adults and dependent children, two votes)

Membership Fee 

  • Introductory $ 50.00
  • Single $ 80.00
  • Associate $ 60.00
  • Family $ 100.00

Note: There is a pro rata rate.

Membership benefits

  • free Website link
  • monthly email updates
  • discount on events/shows/clinics
  • website listing of contact details option of paying for a webpage
  • access to a llama registry
  • nomination and voting rights

The most important thing the Association offers is a place you can meet people with a shared interest, llamas! A place where you can share information, get help or advice, and support each other in the well-being and promotion of llamas.

Apply to Join the NZLA

Other Member Information

Code of Conduct

When adhered to in conjunction with the current CODE OF WELFARE (CAMELID), it is intended that llama owners and those seeking to become llama owners will do so in a professional, ethical and morally correct manner
NZLA members accept there are a variety of reasons for owning llama (eg: therapy, pets, breeding, trekking, PR, showing, etc ) and will respect other owners accordingly;

Who are breeders involved in the sale of their llama, will respect others in the same activity and refrain from making negative comments about these competitors;

Who when selling any of their llama will ( where known ) provide full details of the following to prospective buyers prior to concluding a sales agreement:

  • pedigree, parents, grandparents, etc
  • registration;
  • health records, vaccinations, drenching, etc;
  • date of gelding, including an explanation for premature gelding;
  • training, halter, lead, pack, etc;
  • conformation faults, especially when selling to new llama owners;
  • known or suspected hybridisation with alpaca.

Recognise they can command a better price when selling llama which;

  • are properly conformed;
  • properly trained, halter, lead, pack, etc;
  • seasoned packer, ie have completed more than 2 multi day pack trips;
  • manageable for shearing, toe nail trimming, etc;
  • been awarded placing ribbons at competitive llama shows;
  • present well with groomed fleece, trimmed toe nails, etc;
  • load readily into a float, van, etc;
  • intact ( entire ) versus gelded;
  • include pedigree dna results, especially for breeding llama;

Recognise they will attract a lower price when selling llama which:

  • have a non breeding condition attached;
  • have conformation faults;
  • have temperament issues;
  • show signs of alpaca hybridisation in their phenotype;
  • have not been trained or handled
  • Accept it is unprofessional and unethical to sell llama to which they attach a “non breeding” condition, unless the reason for such a condition is due to a disclosed conformation, genetic or temperament concern.
NZLA Rules

The name of the incorporated association is the


(Incorporation No: 1427864 in these rules called “the Association”).

Dated the 1st May 2004. Amended 7th May 2016


  • To educate owners and interested members of the public in the needs, care and welfare of llamas.
  • To promote llamas and their uses as working and companion animals, and pets.
  • To facilitate and encourage fun activities with llamas.
  • To liaise with government and other authorities on behalf of members on matters pertaining to llama ownership, care and use.
  • To provide a communication forum for the sharing of news, ideas and knowledge relevant to llama ownership, care and use.
  • To negotiate, set up and operate agencies, or other arrangements with other Camelid organisations where applicable to achieve the objectives of the association.
  • To encourage compliance with a code of conduct for llama ownership.
  • To provide a registry for the collection of information of all New Zealand llamas and for the registration of llamas.

1 Membership

1(a) Application for Membership

Membership is a privilege not a right.

Application for membership can be made in writing and must be signed by the applicant. All membership applications must be proposed and signed as such, by a current member and seconded and signed as such, by another current member of the association.  The granting of membership will require approval by the committee.

1(b) Types of Membership:

  • Foundation
  • Family
  • Single
  • Introductory
  • Associate
  • Youth
  • International
  • Life

1(c) Membership Fees

The annual membership fee shall be set at the Associations annual general meeting of that year. Fees may vary by membership type and be reduced for members who choose to receive all communications via email.

The secretary shall keep and maintain a register of members that will include the full name, occupation, postal address, email address (where available) and the start date of the membership of each member. Youth members will also have their date of birth recorded.

1(d) Cessation of Membership

A member may resign their membership at any time by advising the Secretary in writing, membership will cease at the end of the current membership year or sooner if specified by the member. Membership fees will not be reimbursed once paid.

Any member whose membership fee or other payments due to the Association shall have their membership automatically lapse. Such members may be reinstated by payment of the outstanding money owing to the Association.

The committee has the right to suspend any member whose actions are prejudicial to the objects of the Association. Such suspension will be determined by a vote by the committee and two-thirds majority is required to take this action.

2 Association Rules

Amendment to Rules

Rules of this Association may be altered, added to, rescinded or otherwise amended by Resolution passed by majority of those present at an Annual or Special General Meeting, for which no less than twenty eight (28) days notice has been given.

No addition to or alteration or recession of the rules shall be approved if it affects the non-profit aims, personal benefit clause or the winding up clause. The provisions and effect of this clause shall not be removed from this document, and shall be included and implied into any document replacing this document.

3  Meetings

3 (a) All Annual General meetings will be conducted by a physical gathering of members.

Special General Meetings and Committee meetings may be conducted by a physical gathering or by use of an internet based meeting facility.

3 (b) Chair of Meeting

All meetings will be chaired by the President or in the absence of the President, by the Vice President. If neither the President of Vice President are present, meeting attendees can select a chairman by way of a vote which can be conducted without the normal twenty eight (28) days advance advice. 

3 (c) Quorum

A quorum is required before a meeting can conduct the business of the association.

Quorums are as follows:

  • The Annual General  – 10% +1 members with voting rights.
  • Special General Meetings  – 10% +1 members with voting rights
  • Committee Meetings – 4 committee members

3 (d) Annual General Meeting

An Annual General Meeting of the Association will be convened at a time and place to be defined by the committee. A minimum of twenty eight (28) days notice will be provided to all members.

3 (e) Special General Meeting

A Special general meeting may be called by no less than ten percent plus one, of members and a minimum of twenty eight (28) days notice will be provided to all members.

3 (f) Committee Meeting

The Committee will meet no less than four (4) times per annum.

3 (g) Voting

Voting is open to all members whose membership type provides voting rights.

Voting can be done via in person, postal or by the granting of a proxy vote to another members. All meeting notifications will include the appropriate instructions for the registration of postal and proxy votes

4 Officers

4 (a) The officers of the Association will include a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary and the committee may also include up to four (4) ordinary committee members.

4 (b) Appointment of Committee

Nominations will be called for all committee positions and an opportunity be provided for all members to vote for the appointment of members to the committee members.

To be nominated to the committee a person must be a current association member with voting rights Once the 8 (maximum) committee members have been selected all members will be given the opportunity to vote for those committee members nominated, from within the eight (8) selected, for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

In the case of a vacancy arising replacement committee members may be appointed by the committee and such appointment will remain in force until the next Annual General meeting

5 Funds

5 (a) The treasurer will submit a full financial account to the Annual General meeting and must include a profit and loss account and a balance sheet for the full financial year prior to the Annual General meeting.

5 (b) Any monies received by or on behalf of the association will be deposited into the bank account of the association.

5 (c) Any member may deposit funds into the association bank account and must advise the Treasurer of all such deposits.

5 (d) Two authorized signatories must sign all cheques written by the association. These signatories may be any two of the committee members and must be registered with the Bank as authorized account signatories.

6 Investment of Funds

There is no current provision for the investment of funds

7 Borrowing Power

There is no provision for the borrowing of monies and the committee have not authorisation to do so.

8 Winding up of Association and Property distribution

A resolution in favour of liquidation must be passed by a majority of members at a general Meeting.  The resolution must be confirmed at a subsequent meeting held not earlier than thirty (30) days after the date on which the resolution was passed.

If upon winding up or dissolution of the organization there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members, but shall be given or transferred to some other organization or body having objects similar to the objects of the first organization, or to some other charitable organization or purpose, within New Zealand.

9 Payments to members

No member of the organization or any person associated with a member shall participate in or materially influence any decision made by the organization in respect of the payment to or on behalf of that member or associated person of any income, benefit or advantage whatsoever. Any such income paid shall be reasonable and relative to that which would be the open market value. The provisions and effect of this clause shall not be removed from this document, and shall be included and implied into any document replacing this document.

 10 Common Seal

The Common Seal of the Association shall be kept in the custody of the secretary. The Common Seal shall not be affixed to any instrument except by the authority of the Committee and the signatures of two members of the Committee shall attest the affixing of the Common Seal.

Annual Awards

Annual Awards

In 2004 Gabrielle Delyse donated four of her beautiful llama paintings to the New Zealand Llama Association. It was decided at the first AGM to retain these to be used as annual awards to members who have gone out of their way to promote llamas the Association and the welfare of llamas.

 ~ 2011-12 ~

Graeme and Pat Butterfield “For photoshop skills, outstanding effort, time and personal commitment to a professional outcome with the NZLA calendar, resulting in easy sales and promotion both within NZ and overseas.” – Nominated by Keith Payne

Jacky and Ron Middleton ”For organising & hosting the NZLA AGM. Their inclusive approach enabled members to experience a fantastic weekend of llama enthusiasts at Mount Lyford.  Also for rescuing a number of llamas, and devoting all her spare time and soul to llamas.” – Nominated by Robyn Robinson

Peter Webster “Founding committee member.  For the countless hours of secretarial work, proof reading, stapling, collating, banking & posting.” – Nominated by Penny King

Judy Webby “For her enthusiasm in embracing the llama lifestyle and volunteering her time, articles and photography skills—putting llamas in a good light!” – Nominated by Julie Insley.


Naomi Woodham, for her work on setting up the Northern  (Rangiora) Show, for acting as convener and her ongoing quest to solve our lack of judges. – Nominated by Anne Thompson

Francis Woolley, for his PR work at every opportunity. – Nominated by Anne Thompson

Brian & Christine Angliss, for the hospitality shown to the NZLA members at the 2010 AGM. – Nominated by Debbie Fleming

Mike & Lynn Richardson, for their PR activities and the work they put into the Code of Conduct. – Nominated by Robyn Robinson

~~ 2009-10 ~~

Keith Payne “For his positive attitude and approach towards llamas and llama lovers, including: DOC pack llama project, pack training initiative, trail blazing llamas on Kaikoura Coastal and Hurunui Tramping Trails, … He’s an inspiration to all llama lovers.” – Nominated by Lynn Barrett and Fred & Emma Schwithal

Robyn Robinson “For having a well-organised AGM that was very enjoyable, and for her ‘Green Lights for Llamas’ attitude.” – Nominated by Fred & Emma Schwithal and Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly “For hosting the successful Joanne Shook clinic including weeks of preparation work by her and husband Blair and for encouraging many new members to join during the last year.” – Nominated by Robyn and Mike Robinson

Sara Crane and Simon Gurnsey “For stepping up and helping with the organising and running of the AGM, including the use of their castle. And for creating the very nice AGM blog. – Nominated by Julie Insley

~~ 2008-09 ~~

Justine Campbell  “has done a wonderful job at stewarding both the Canterbury and Malvern shows for the last year.” – Nominated by Anne Thompson

Alex Robinson “has embraced her membership with gusto, attending last year’s AGM as a new member, and then organising a productive weaving workshop for NZLA members earlier this year. Good on you Alex, thank you for your enthusiasm.” – Nominated by Anne Thompson

Penny King  “for her wonderful efforts with the calendars 2005-2007, long service as Vice President, her great initiative on the Camelid Welfare via SFF and organising of this year’s AGM.” –  Nominated by Pat Butterfield

Louisa Buchanan  “for her efforts in improving the breeding quality of the NZ llama stock. This can be seen by the large number of Clar Innis bred llamas that win shows for their new owners.” – Nominated by Pat Butterfield

~2007 – 08~

Betty Rae “…for her passion and enthusiasm for using llama fleeces for knitting and felting. She has made many fabulous creations, some of which are on display at Cruella’s in Richmond. Betty has also run several felting workshops, which we hear rave reports about. She is very happy to pass on her knowledge to others.” – Nominated by Syth Hoyle.

Jill Allen “…for her work in organizing a llama section at the Mackenzie Highland A & P Show (held in Fairlie) for two years running. I appreciate that there is a lot of work to be done to make things run smoothly. So thank you for promoting llamas and getting them out in the public.” – Nominated by Julie Insley.

Julie Insley “…in recognition of her hard work in putting together a top class magazine, which is always packed full of relevant information from cover to cover.” – Nominated by Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson “…for organising “Llama Lunches”. These are informal llama owners’ get-togethers and are a great excuse for llama farmers to get off the farm and dine out – which I for one, hardly ever do. And over a relaxed lunch we can catch up and chat with other llama lovers. It’s a brilliant concept and I think Anne deserves recognition for it.” – Nominated by Jane Buxton

~~ 2006-07 ~~

Jane Buxton for hosting clinics and PR work.

Jan McLay for her role as Show Steward at Christchurch & Sheffield.

Percy Llama (Graeme Butterfield) for contributions to the magazine.

Matthew & Ruth Benge for promoting & utilising llama fibre.

~2005 – 06~

Ann Tyler Moore … promotes llamas at every opportunity – in schools, kindergartens, charitable events, as well as taking them to rest homes, hospitals etc with very little recognition. She has put in hours of unpaid work taking a group of young girls through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme. – Nominated by Jane Buxton and Julie Insley

Uta Bleidistel … for her rest-home and Cancer Society support with llamas and also for making the front page news twice with beautiful photos of llamas doing the PR thing in Taranaki. – Nominated by Julie Insley, Peter Webster and Jane Buxton

Penny King … for her work in forming the New Zealand Llama Association, her endless hours of Vice President work, registration setup, Kumeu show, organising safety meetings and calendars. -Nominated by Fred and Emma Schwithal and Julie Insley and Peter Webster

Fred and Emma Schwithal … for holding the series of four Fun Days, raising llamas awareness and encouraging the public of Christchurch to participate. – Nominated by Jane Buxton

Lending Library


Jacky Middleton (contact deatails are on Jacky’s Profile)

  • Books are sent by courier/postage at cost plus a small donation to lending library.
  • If you have something to donate to the library drop Jacky a line.


  • Alpaca a Homeopathic and Natural Approach by Tineke Verkade
  • Alpacas A Basic Veterinary Reference by Peter Aitken BVSc
  • The Waldo Chronicles – A Training Log by Gwen Ingram
  • Medical and Surgery of Sth American Camelids by Dr Murray Fowler
  • The Camelid Companion by Marty McGee-Bennett
  • A Guide to Raising Llamas by Gale Birutta
  • Evaluating a llama pack by Gwen Ingram
  • Packing with Llamas by Stanlynn Daugherty
  • Llama driving by Ron Shinnick
  • Fundamentals of felt making by Patricia Spark
  • Caring for Llamas and Alpacas by Clare Hoffman


  • Click and Reward Volume One  by Jim Logan
  • Click and Reward Volume Two by Jim Logan
  • Harnessing the Fun by Jim Logan


  • Round Pen (videos x three) by John Mallon
  • “You the Ultimate Llama Groom” This was a donation from Danielle Pierce the maker of the video.
  • 30 minute video describing how to groom your llama, bathing, effective blowing, brushing techniques and the secret of white. This is in NTSC format (was only in black and white on our video).


  • Llama Banner volume 11 No. 2 & 3, volume 13 No. 1 & 2
  • Past copies of the NZLA magazine Como se Llama