2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Brewers Guild of New Zealand AGM will take place as follows:

Time: 5:30pm
Date: Monday, 14 March 2022

A registration link to join the meeting will be listed on this page and will be shared with our members.

The 2021 AGM has been rescheduled from August 2021 to March 2022, and the decision has been made to hold it via Zoom.

Please see the agenda HERE

Board Nominations AGM 2021

We are pleased to announce the following members have been nominated for the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Board.

The Board has two current directors who are still in term -  Eddie Gapper from Altitude Brewing, and Brian Watson from Good George. 

Click on the link below to read more about the the Board nominees.

Meet the Nominees - 2021

Annual Report 2020/21

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand Board is pleased to present the 2020/21 Annual Report.

Please click the link below to read the annual report.  We have chosen not to print the annual report as part of our commitment to sustainability. We hope you enjoy our new look Annual Report that we feel is a good representation of the bold and committed industry we represent.

BGNZ Annual Report 2020-21

For the full End of Year Financial report click the link below:

2020-21 EOY Accounts

For the final minutes of the 14th AGM of the Brewers Guild of New Zealand click below:

Final Minutes of the 2020 AGM 


There are three motions that the board is proposing for the 2021 AGM these are:

(1) This is to advise members that the board is recommending that a motion be moved at the 2021 AGM, the motion being: 'That the Board of Directors for the Brewers Guild of New Zealand be increased to 10 director representatives and that this will replace a vote at the 2021 AGM'.

(2) the Board proposes a motion to allow motion (3) to be accepted outside of the 14 day notice period as per the Guild rules.

(3) the Board proposes the motion to change the rules of the society to allow the the society to be exempt from RWT.  The motion is in the best interests of the society, and would mean the following change to the rules:

The board proposes a motion that the following rule changes are made to the constitution of the Brewers Guild of New Zealand:

Before a not-for-profit deduction under section DV 8 of the Income Tax Act 2007 can be granted the following changes need to be made.

Personal benefit  
The following paragraph needs to be added to clause 15:  
“The organisation does not have the purpose of making a profit for a proprietor, member, or shareholder and prohibits a distribution of property in any form to a member proprietor or shareholder; and has a constitution that prohibits a distribution of property in any form to a member, proprietor, or shareholder.”  

As the organisation can employ, please add the following wording to clause 17:  
“No member of the organisation or any person associated with a member, shall participate in or materially influence any decision made by the organisation, in respect of the payment to or on behalf of that member or associated person of any income, benefit, or advantage whatsoever. Any such income shall be reasonable and relative to that which would be paid in an arm’s length transaction (being open market value).”  
Alteration of rules  
Clause 25 allows for the rules to be altered.  There must be a clause stating that the objects, personal benefit clause and winding up clause cannot be altered.  Please include the following paragraph:   
“No addition to or alteration of the objects, personal benefit clause or the winding up clause shall be made which affect the tax-exempt status/not-for-profit status. The provisions and effect of this clause shall not be removed from this document and shall be included and implied into any document replacing this document.”   

The not-for-profit status can then be granted along with the exemption from resident withholding tax.  


Get Involved

The AGM provides a useful opportunity to hear about the progress made in the 2020/21 financial year. The meeting is scheduled for one hour, however in the past they have been much shorter.

Further information and registration links will be sent to you via email in the coming weeks.  Information will also be available on our website.


To be eligible to serve as a Director of the Guild your organisation must be a current financial Brewery Member of the Guild. Only one person from each Brewery Member may be on the board at any one time.

About the Board

The Board is ideally comprised of a diverse representation of our membership and has most recently comprised of 8 members, however we would like to see this number increased. The board needs to have representation from across our member breweries:

  • Micro Breweries 
  • Small Breweries 
  • Medium Breweries 
  • Large Breweries 

Eddie Gapper (Medium Brewery) and Brian Watson (Medium Brewery) were elected in 2020 for a term of two years.


Time Commitment

Directors can expect to spend between a maximum of 4-6 hours a month on Board activities together with one full day strategic planning event a year. Directors will also be invited to represent the Guild at member and industry events. The Guild are actively seeking candidates who can, as much as possible, commit to serving at least one full 2-year term.


Directors are unpaid volunteers. Out-of-Pocket expenses for meetings will be paid for by the Guild.