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composite retail!

Composite's purpose is to create wealth for its independent retail members.

As a co-operative, our member retailers not only control the decisions for their retail outlets, but as owners of Composite, also influence the company to ensure we deliver exactly what you want.

Our structure determines that you receive immediate benefit from joining Composite as membership allows you to gain value with every transaction you place through Composite.

We accumulate the ‘buying power’ of all our member outlets and deliver savings and exclusive brands that you could not achieve alone.

Even though we’ve been in business for over 40 years we are in a period of unparalled opportunity to unleash even greater benefits than we have delivered in the past.

This website will provide an overview of what we do but why not contact us for a chat about how we can create additional wealth for your retail business.

Coming Up in 2017! 


Health And Safety Update from Chief Executive, Ian Caulfield

As a result of the Pike River enquiry, the Health and Safety laws in New Zealand are changing substantially.  The new laws come into effect on 4 April 2016. 
As a business owner you have much greater responsibilities than previously.  The penalties for non-compliance are substantial.  However, with some understanding and work over the next few months everyone will be able to meet their obligations.
Hazards and Risks must be identified. A hazard is a situation that has the potential to cause physical or psychological harm.  A Risk is the possibility that harm may occur when exposed to a hazard. The risk must be eliminated or minimised so far as “reasonably practicable”. 
Clearly there are industries that have extremely high risks—forestry and construction, and those with less risk - “office work”. 

A major change in the new law is the introduction of “Duty Holders”:

A ‘PCBU’ (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking)

An ‘Officer’ (Director, Partner, or person with significant influence over management of a business)

A ‘Worker’ (Employee, sub-contractor, student or volunteer)

As PCBUs your primary duties are the provision and maintenance of:
  • a workplace that is without risk to health/safety
  • safe plant and structures
  • safe systems of work
  • safe use, handling, storage of plant, substances and structures
  • adequate facilities for welfare at work
  • information, training, instruction, supervision necessary to protect all persons
  • health and workplace conditions are monitored
As an Officer your primary duties are to take reasonable steps to:
  • acquire knowledge of health/safety issues
  • understand the business operations and associated hazards/risks
  • provide appropriate resources and monitor
  • create processes for receiving notification of incidents and for responding in timely fashion
  • implement process for PCBU compliance
  • verify provision/use of resources and processes
As a Worker your primary duties are to take reasonable care for:
  • your own health/safety
  • your acts/omissions so they do not adversely affect the health/safety of others
  • complying with any reasonable instruction of PCBU
  • co-operating with reasonable policies of PCBU
One important point is that you must be able to show you are compliant so document your policies and procedures.  Also document any meeting or instructions you have.
Penalties have increased substantially so if you are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the penalties are:
  • PCBU—maximum $3 million
  • Officer—maximum $600,000 and/or 5 years prison term
  • Worker—maximum $300,000,and/or 5 years prison term
At Composite we are ensuring we engage with our staff to meet our obligations under the law. 


Our Divisions

  • Menswear
  • Womenswear
  • Footwear
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Window Furnishing
  • Gift & Homewares
  • Fabric & Craft