Full membership of the NZBA is open to every person who is the holder of a current New Zealand practising certificate as a barrister sole.
Associate membership is open to persons other than barristers sole (e.g. barristers and solicitors). Some associate member categories have an automatic entitlement to membership and some associate member categories require approval by the Bar Council.
All members (full, associate, honorary and life) are entitled to receive member pricing at training (both in person and via live and recorded webinars) and social events, attend the NZBA Annual Conference, receive the quarterly NZBA At the Bar publication and regular email newsletters, as well as access the wide range of membership benefits (nb: a small number of member benefits are only open to full members).
The NZBA's financial year runs from 1 April to is 31 March. Membership pricing is pro rated on a quarterly basis.