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Our History

 

1996 - 2022

‘Reflecting on where we have come from, NZM has a strong legacy of innovation and challenging the status quo.’

1996

Merino growers established
the Merino New Zealand
industry-good organisation

1997

Merino New Zealand executes first direct supply contract with John Smedley Limited

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2001

Merino New Zealand became a fully commercial company as The New Zealand Merino Company Limited

2004

NZM held the first auction of NZ Merino in Melbourne to increase competition for growers’ fibre

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2007

NZM and its grower community developed
ZQ Merino

2010

NZM held ‘the thinkering summit’ with key brand partners in Silicon Valley

 

The NZ Government entered NZSTX, a 7-year Primary Growth Partnership with NZM

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2011

Growers purchased the PGG Wrightson shares in NZM

2012

SILERE alpine origin merino launched and can be found on New Zealand’s finest menus

 

The first New Zealand Primary Sector Bootcamp was held at Stanford University

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2016

The Wool Unleashed (W3)
programme commenced

2017

icebreaker signed a 10 year contract, the longest ever supply contract with Merino growers

 

ZQ became the world’s first Cradle to Cradle certified wool

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2018

NZM’s Stanford Vanguard Wool event was held with the world’s most innovative wool brands

2019

NZM opened its new office at 123 Victoria Street, Christchurch and launched the adjacent Studio ZQ

 

NZM won the Supreme Award at the International Business Awards

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2020

NZM launched the world’s leading regenerative fibre initiative – ZQRX

2021

NZM hosted the Heroes’ Journey Conference, to celebrate our community of Actionists 

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