Explore the history of

Blackfern Cooperative

Assisting independent workshops

Blackfern Co-Operative was created to assist independent workshops within New Zealand with collective solutions for marketing, technology, and business facilitation. We are also addressing future challenges the automotive industry faces in an ever-changing consumer landscape.

The Blackfern model was developed by a working panel held in the Wairarapa in August 2014, where the tick of approval to proceed was given.

The Blackfern name, constitution, and principles were ratified and a "member director" was voted onto the board. Blackfern has grown from strength to strength and now comprises of over 1200 members, engaging businesses from all over New Zealand.

As a co-operative business, Blackfern Co-Operative operates under the seven international principles of cooperation.

How does it work?


The Member

Benefit from one account to access a wide range of both national and regional suppliers.

An invoice is provided from the supplier and Blackfern provides a simple easy to read statement. Credits and claims are handled in the normal manner. You control your account.

What's in it for me?

One account

Reward points


Annual return

Simplified admin

Intertrading with early payment


Voting rights


The Supplier

As a supplier you can sell your specialist skills to other members. For example, if you are an auto-electrician, tyre shop, or engine reconditioner, Blackfern will empower you through our web site to streamline and grow your business within the industry.

You receive early payment PLUS you are rewarding your customers for supporting you. No more compiling or posting statements. Just provide an invoice with the goods or service.


You don't even need to be a member to be a supplier.

Contact Us

Our Team

100% NZ owned. For NZ.

Roger Castleton


Roger has been in the motor industry, in some form, all his working life, with the last 17 years being within the coooperative business.

Roger believes in the application of cooperative principles in everything he does and is a fiercely loyal kiwi.

We don't manufacture motor vehicles here anymore, however we should, where possible, keep profits here in NZ for our sustainable future. Roger lives in South Wairarapa with his wife Richmel and two children.

Kevin Tunnel

(Voted) Director

Kevin served a long distinguished career as a senior police officer before returning to the motor industry 13 years ago. As Blackfern's voted member director Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge especially around governance and represents the voice of the members at the board table.

Kevin resides in Masterton with his wife, children, and grandchildren... and his boat!

Richmel Castleton

Director / Admin

Richmel looks after the Blackfern office and is passionate about providing a positive customer experience when the members contact the admin desk.

She comes to the industry with over 30 years of customer service experience which includes managing a helpdesk team within a major banking group and IT provider.

In addition, Richmel is also a fully qualified librarian.

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