The New Zealand Fur Council

The New Zealand Fur Council is an incorporated society constituted in May 2007.

It was established to advocate for the wider possum-fur industry, and to represent the interests of its members in what is a comparatively new and unrecognized market that has the ability to positively contribute to the national economy and environment.

Members include: harvesters, fibre collection agencies, yarn spinners and knitters. This group represents 90% of the New Zealand industry.

Chairman: Neil Mackie

Treasurer: Ross Goodin
Secretary: Andy May

A membership application form can be downloaded here: Membership registration form (pdf, opens in a new window)

Companies associated with the New Zealand Fur Council

Basically Bush

New Zealand’s main fur collection company, and also operates a possum tannery in Woodville, Manawatu. It has collection agents around New Zealand, and supplies Woolyarns with its possum fur.


A 44 year old business specialising in Whole Garment® knitting of garments, accessories and homewares, made from natural fibres including wool, alpaca and wool/possum blends. Labels include Emaroo® and merinosnug®, supplying to the Australasian and international markets.

Knitting Establishment

A 25 year old, Warkworth based company. Markets possum fur under the Koru brand.

Lothlorian Knitwear

A 23 year old Pukekohe based company producing accessories and garments in luxury fiber. Markets Possum/Merino under the Lothlorian Brand.

Manawatu Knitting Mills

Palmerston North company, established in 1884, specialising in garments using natural fibres. Produces Possum/Merino under the Native World brand.

Possum Pam

Possum Pam was founded over 30 years ago and has grown from being a small retail outlet to being a major supplier in all things possum. We have also introduced our own range of sheepskin and calfskin products made from 100% New Zealand materials.

Snowy Peak Ltd

Christchurch knitwear house established in 1981, designs, produces and markets luxury possum blend yarns under their Merinomink premium knitwear brand and as Ecopossumtm under their Untouched World lifestyle brand. 

Weft Knitting company

A Christchurch company established in 1982, producing 100% Merino and Possum/Merino garments and accessories , as well as thermal wear. Their Possum/Merino brands are Noble Wilde and MP Merino Possum, with numerous stockists in NZ, Australia and the Nothern Hemisphere.


An almost 70 year old company based in Lower Hutt. One of New Zealand’s few remaining yarn makers, began possum fur/merino wool mixture trials in 1992. Brands, Perino and Zealana.


Most possum fur and skin products are sold as value-added products in womenswear, menswear, tourist and gift shops. Visitors recognise these as being unique New Zealand gifts that they may not to be able to purchase in their home country.