Mutu is transitioning to a new model

Jul, 10, 2022, by Toby Skilton

Kia ora,

Back in 2019 when we first came up with the idea for Mutu, our goal was to make it easier for people to access the things they need while also reducing the overall impact we have on the planet by constantly buying and disposing of things. Over the past 3 years we have seen an amazing Mutu community grow and adopt this mindset, connecting neighbours and strangers via our platform. At our peak we had over 25,000 users registered on Mutu!

Here at Mutu we have had a new and exciting opportunity present itself. Some of the largest organisations in Aotearoa have approached us asking if we can implement the Mutu model within their business to help them manage their assets and repurpose the things they no longer need instead of just sending them to landfill.

At Mutu we truly believe that if you have a great idea you need to pursue it with everything you have, and because of this we have made the difficult decision to shut down the peer-to-peer marketplace part of our business which most of our users are familiar with. This was not an easy decision to make; however if we think about why we started Mutu in the first place, the positive impact we can have by pursuing this new path is too big to ignore.

As of the 22nd of August Mutu will change to convey our new direction and we will be shutting down both the marketplace website and our mobile app. To prepare for this, users will no longer be able to list or rent items from Monday the 8th of August. Any rentals up until 11.59pm on the 7th of August will still be valid and able to be processed on the Mutu platform.

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing a few more emails to provide details around our transition. We are also welcoming anyone who works in an organisation where they want to better utilise, manage and sustainably dispose of their assets to join us on the next phase of our journey. More details to follow 🙂

If you have any questions or concerns about this move to a new model please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thanks for all your support.

Ngā mihi,
The Mutu Team

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