The New Zealand Llama Association
What we do
- 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.
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We all have some interest in llamas and alpacas, yet some of you may not be completely aware of the essential role they played in kick-starting Andean societies. Without them there would have been no Machu Picchu, nor could Andean people have survived at...read more
Contents: Committee update, What sort of ruminant is a llama, Member profile: Lynn Barrettread more
Contents: 2018 AGM and Gathering a success! Promoting the NZ Llama, Quick synopsis about Facial Eczema in Llamas, The Big Question: Why own a llama?read more
Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting New Zealand Llama Association Inc (Incorporation No: 1427864) The 15th Annual General Meeting of the NZ Llama Association was held at The Manakau Community Hall Manakau, Levin, at 1.30pm, May 5th, 2018. In the absence of the...read more
Best wishes of the season to all llama folk in New Zealand. Enjoy your holiday and time with family and travel safely. And don’t forget to take a supply of carrots down to your llamas on Xmas Day. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the...read more
Camelids on their own are a bit of a mystery to most veterinarians, not including approaching diagnostics of dermatological cases in them. Dr. Tayler from Perdue University published a great synopsis of common causes of skin issues in New World Camelids, as well as...read more
This time of the year, when it is cold, wet and the days are short, is a good time to look at the paddocks and decide on stocking levels for the coming year. It is so easy to see the abundant grass in Spring or Autumn and add more stock or do more matings...read more
Country Life 9:40 pm on 15 September 2017 A large herd of llamas live on Keith Payne's 30-hectare hill property tucked into the secluded Blythe Valley in North Canterbury. His is one of only two guanaco studs outside South America. Several of...read more
When I commenced my research into the history of llamas a number of years ago, I was at first surprised that the word for llama in both Quechua and Aymara is “KARA”. As the indigenous people did not have a written language, this was expressed in english by...read more
He didn’t have a name, but if a name had been appropriate he would be called Pacha Kuyuy, the Quechua word for earthquake. An hour after he was born, a mighty quake had rattled through the Andes. That was 8 years ago. Today he had been awake, on alert, for...read more