We are based in our own purpose-built building at Tui Community in Golden Bay, NZ, where natural alternatives have been lived and practiced for over 25 years.
From humble beginnings in 1984 the co-operative has steadily grown and evolved to the point where we now have a very solid following in NZ, a Distributor in the UK & Europe and many internet customers scattered throughout the world.
We produce a natural healing & skin care range that is gently, effective and altogether natural. Tui Balms is a certified cruelty-free company by Choose Cruelty Free Limited as the whole product range is not tested on animals.
Tui Balms is a workers' co-operative whereby we aim to improve our working together ongoingly and set an example for a sustainable co-created business model.
We operate with minimal management hierarchies and a flat wage structure that values the participation in the business, rather than creating premiums for personal skills. Decision-making within the co-operative is generally by consensus on all important matters. Consequently, every staff members contribution to the business is seen as equally important.
All the profits of Tui Balms that are not used to develop the business are donated to registered charitable trusts. The range of charities receiving our donations has been extensive and about 12 charities a year benefit from our turnover. Primary donee organisations include:
Tui Spiritual & Educational Trust - fostering and promoting healthy communities in N.Z.
Tracks Trust - providing rites of passage & leadership training for teenage & young men
Tides Trust - providing rites of passage & leadership training for teenage & young women