Fair trade

Photo: Tom Greenwood

Fair trade is helping more and more producers in the developing world work their way out of poverty.

With many of the things we buy every day such as coffee, bananas, cotton and chocolate, just a tiny percentage of what we pay actually gets back to the growers. Multinational companies capture the lion’s share of profits from trade of these products and use their market power to push down the prices paid to growers. Growers are left struggling to feed their families or to send their children to school and sometimes to even cover their production costs.

But there is a fairer way. The fair trade way.

Buy fair trade

There is a growing range of fairly traded goods in New Zealand. As the taste, and price vary; try a few until you find some that best suit you.

To buy fairly traded goods shop at Trade Aid or look for the Fairtrade Label on products available from your local retailers, supermarkets and directly from coffee and tea wholesalers.

Fairtrade favourites

Discover how the future is looking brighter for Fairtrade certified coffee, chocolate and banana growers.

Oxfam's Morning Tea

Held each year during Fair Trade Fortnight, Oxfam's Morning Tea (formerly Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break) is New Zealand's biggest celebration of Fairtrade.

Oxfam Morning Teas are easy to organise, fun and completely flexible to suit your location. Morning Teas can be hosted in your home, workplace, school, community hall, local park – wherever!

When you sign up to take part we send you a bounty of Fairtrade Certified™ goods to share with your family, friends and workmates at your event.

Money raised at your Morning Tea makes a big difference in the lives of people across the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Find out more about Oxfam's Morning Tea

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Fairtrade in school

Latest news

Kiwis have a Fairtrade cuppa to give farmers a fair go

May 1, 2015

Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. 

Fairtrade Fortnight

May 7, 2014

Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and easy fundraising event where people get together at home, work, school, and in their communities to enjoy some Fairtrade goodies and raise money to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

Barry Coates: Release the TPP negotiation documents

February 24, 2014

An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 2014

Latest blogs

10 tonnes of bananas an hour - but is it fair?

May 1, 2017

Kiwis are the biggest banana consumers per capita in the world. We eat 90,000 tonnes per year. That’s over 10 tonnes an hour! However – only 7% of bananas consumed in the country are Fairtrade.

Trade has the potential to lift millions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty – but only if it is fair

July 21, 2016

by Artur Francisco, Oxfam Campaigns Coordinator

10 years of fairness

November 9, 2015

Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier reflects on how far Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand has come in a decade.

Latest stories

January 16, 2012

Kitchen table coffee is helping women in remote Papua.