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Not an ordinary business

Tui Balms is a workers’ co-operative. We aim to improve our working together continuously 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 member’s contribution to the business is seen as equally important.  Workers are paid wages and 5% of all sales are donated out to registered charities each year.

Today the co-op employs 15 part-time staff supporting families and individuals living at the remote Tui Community in Wainui Bay in rural NZ and nearby.

Here they are, in sequence of length of service…

Yana

With Tui Balms from the very beginning in 1984, currently working as sales rep at baby expos, conferences,massage and beauty schools, as well as on our annual rep trip. She brings deep committment to our products and co-op model, sincerity and integrity. Outside of work she is passionate about family, friends, nature, therapeutic massage, holistic pulsing, and her Tui home. In her massage work Yana enjoys all but the floral scented Balms.

Frans

With Tui Balms since 1992, currently working on the management team, in production, as purchaser of ingredients and in building design. He brings a relaxed attitude combined with commitment to getting things done, and joy in the actual doing of his jobs to the co-op. Outside of work he dedicates his energy to living in an intentional, to his daughter Shakti and some of her home-schooling, and also his sailboat that he takes out to sea at times. His favorite Balm is Bee Balm, as “it does everything, and more!

Jessica

With Tui Balms since 2007, currently working in customer services. She brings an openness to new frontiers in the way we do things to the co-op. Outside of work she loves creative time with her daughter Shakti, with her garden and with inner projects. Her favorite Balms are Bee Balm, Throat & Chest, and Cooling & Soothing.

Inna

With Tui Balms since 2008, currently working in marketing, as a sales rep and on website development. She brings creativity, joy and cooperation to the co-op. Outside of work she loves authentic human connection, her daughter Kiva, tramping, chanting, and gardening. Her favorite Balm is Orange Spice Massage Balm.

Aralyn

With Tui Balms since 2008, currently working as shipping supervisor, in marketing and as the Golden Bay sales rep. She brings humour, colour, fresh creativity, communication, stability, compassion. Outside of work she is passionate about the conscious evolution of humanity and the planet, rites of passage work for teens, as well as changing the culture around death and eldership. She is an artist and storyteller, Her favorite Balm are Aloe Lip Balm and Herbal Lift, “the essential oils are like an antidote for lunch coma”.

John

With Tui Balms since 2009, currently working as general manager. He brings cooperation, attention to detail and humour to the co-op. Outside of work he loves finishing his pottery studio, building a wood-fired kiln, and getting back on the potter’s wheel. His favorite Balm is Bee Balm.

Tyson

With Tui Balms since 2009, currently working in production as well as in research & development. He brings his herbalist education, creativity and humour to the co-op. Outside of work he loves pottering around his house with DIY stuff and being a dad. His favorite Balm is Throat & Chest, and his most used is product is the Extreme Bug Spray.

Ngarie

With Tui Balms since 2009, currently working in marketing & design and as a sales rep. She brings love, humour and creativity to the co-op. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family, enjoying the natural beauty of NZ forests and beaches, and connecting. Her favorite Balm is Bee Balmfor its versatility and mousiturising, especially for cracked feet!”

Richard

With Tui Balms since 2012, currently working as as jack of all trades: as co-manager, in accounts, customer services and as co-ordinator for staffing, payroll and donations. He brings light heartedness, compassion and reliability to the co-op. Outside of work he loves playing and performing music. His favorite Balm is Cooling & Soothing.

Natasha

With Tui Balms since 2013, currently working in customer services. She brings integrity, open thinking and organisation to the co-op. Outside of work she loves yoga, being in nature and children. Her favorite Balm is Cooling & Soothing.

Di

With Tui Balms since 2016, currently working as co-ordinator re labelling product as well as aspects of stock and quality control. She brings curiosity, integrity and being a connector to the co-op. Outside of work she loves facilitation and writing which focuses on opening multiple perspectives, supporting embodied knowing and robust reflection. Her favorite Balm are Wild Rose and Woman’s Blend Massage Balms.

Morag

With Tui Balms since 2017, currently working in packout, batching & lidding and as cleaning fairy. She brings her sense of humour and co-operation to the co-op and is growing a relationship with our local teenagers with the batching and lidding work. Outside of work she loves gardening, working on creative projects and spending time at the beach. Her favorite Balm is Bee Balm and Chai Lip Balm.

Cathy

With Tui Balms since 2017, currently working in customer services and labelling. She brings reliability, attention to detail and curiosity to the co-op. Outside of work she loves swimming and New Zealand flora/fauna/ecology/landscapes/conservation. Her favorite Balm is Bee Balm.

Jesper

With Tui Balms since 2019, currently working in packout and labeling. He brings a great mind for solutions, self-motivation and “thinking outside the box” to the co-op. Outside of work he loves long runs in the bush and off-road ultra marathons. His favorite Balm is Sports Massage Balm.

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