UFS is short for ‘United Friendly Societies’ and we share a history in New Zealand that dates back to the 1840s.
Long before the advent of the welfare state in the 1930s, many people joined together to form what were known as ‘friendly societies’ to provide mutual aid and support. This included medical, income protection and funeral benefits.
These friendly societies often ‘united’ to provide pharmacy and other services in their local community.
The UFS pharmacy in Wellington was established in 1894.
There are also other society-owned pharmacies in Napier, Hastings, Blenheim and Invercargill.