Manawa Honey NZ was founded in 2011 by the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust, a land-based trust responsible for 9,000 hectares of bush clad lands about Ruatahuna. The Trust aims to sustainably manage the land and resources of their region for the benefit of current and future generations. At the same time, they are developing commercial enterprises that create employment for their people and growing their local economy.
Manawa Honey NZ has been established to bring unique honeys from the Heart of New Zealand to the world. As traditional gatherers of honey from their local forests, you can trust that Manawa Honey NZ has been produced with the greatest care and respect for the natural world in which we all live - all the way from the forest and the beehive to the jar.
We salute their initiative and support their commercially-savvy community.
Growing up on a farm in the Waikato, Ian Blackwell's father taught him about the value and versatility of timber. After sanding back a bit of old Rimu one day Ian fell in love with native NZ timbers. Rimu continues to be his personal timber of choice, providing a unique , striking and contrasting grain unlike any other.
A carpentry and cabinet making apprenticeship led Ian into a career working with wood. Developing his technical skills and gaining experience over the years only fuels a love of working with timber and as a result he has developed a hand finished range to be truly proud of.
Today Ian is lucky enough to call the rugged West Coast of the North Island home and together with the his production team, they are proud that all of their wooden products are lovingly created and distributed by our talented team in Riverton (30 minutes West of Invercargill).
Cut using the latest laser technology every product is then assembled and finished by hand. You can be sure that every one of our pieces has been put together with great care, attention to detail and the Pride of the South!
Whilst working as an art director in advertising in the 80s in the UK, David Kerr ventured into landscape photography.
Learning the craft on his own time, David initially honed his skills shooting imagery in both the UK and Europe, and decided to return to his home country of New Zealand in 1984 to start publishing a range of premier postcards.
Over the past 30-odd years there have been more than seven books published, a comprehensive range of designer collection Postcards, Calendars, Postage Stamp designs and many corporate publications.
David has also won several photographic competitions, and was named the official licencee for the 1990 New Zealand Commonwealth Games for Postcard product, and in 1986 won the Tourism Design Award for souvenir design from the New Zealand Tourism Board.
Now that's what we call a self-made success story.
Melding the art of the flame and the kiln with elegance and high quality finishing, Penny Ryan Design offers unique jewellery, handcrafted from mainly art glass and fine metals, each piece being a testament to the endless ideas that flow from Penny.
Penny Ryan, jewellery designer and glass artist, brings beautifully crafted jewellery reflecting the spirit of our beautiful land to customers across the globe. Designed here in New Zealand and inspired by the environment, from the oceans to the mountains, the earth to the sky, you will find earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and charms each with its own special meaning and soul and carefully crafted here in New Zealand
Founders Penny and Darrell and the Penny Ryan Design NZ team are very proud of the thought, care and exquisite detail which goes into each timeless design. Penny and the team are also proud to be a New Zealand owned and operated company and they stand behind the quality of their products.
Celebrate your special New Zealand memories with Penny Ryan Design NZ Jewellery!
Born in Christchurch, Margot Moller has studied Visual Communications and has put her skills to good use by working for many years in television broadcast design for companies including TVNZ, Sky TV, HBO and Disney.
Margot has drawings permanently on display in Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery and has illustrated a book for Bruce Foster, 'Jim Hendersons People'.
Now living in Auckland with "Pebbles" the rabbit and "Freddie" a miniature schnauzer, Margot creates bespoke artwork upon request and a steady stream of NZ landscapes showing an abundance of character and charm.
A small family-run business in the heart of Dunsandel, Canterbury have been up to their elbows in all things possum for over 40 years. Possum Pam has grown from one small retail outlet selling gorgeously made possum pieces to being a major supplier in possum, sheepskin and calfskin products.
Priding themselves on creating only the very best quality pieces, these experienced furriers stand by everything they make because everything is made-to-order. No mass produced items here!
From traditional gloves, socks and slippers through to their quirky nipple warmers and luxurious shoe liners, Possum Pam guarantees to bring you only the very best of what possum, sheepskin and calfskin has to offer
Timber Arts take the natural beauty of New Zealand's native wood and crafts it into gifts of distinction.
For 20 years, Timber Arts has been handcrafting items from native timbers with their work being enjoyed all over the world thus earning them a reputation for high quality workmanship.
The New Zealand forest is a production of nature found in no other land, and Timber Arts work with a range of 19 native timbers, using the different colours and grains to produce a unparalleled finish and unique pieces.
Wood has always been an important part of human existence. Today, the timbers of our forests are a treasured national resource and are justifiably protected. In creating works of art from each small piece of wood used, the Timber Arts craftspeople place a true value on our forest heritage.
Cynthia Baur's love affair with aroma began as a child; her mum baking bread, Frankincense in church, freshly cut grass on a summer's day. It is, therefore, no wonder that after a successful career in the fashion business, Cynthia turned her mind (and sense of smell) to making exquisite candles and ambient home aromas for everyone to enjoy.
Living Light has recently celebrated its 18th anniversary, but Cynthia's passion for candles, aroma, design and craftsmanship continues to blossom and evolve with each new discovery she and her Golden Bay-based team makes in the world.
All of their candles are made from 100% Soy, Plant and Beeswax, and they have spent literally hundreds of hours testing for the perfect cotton wick to match the fragrance and wax combination - now that's dedication!
When you buy a Living Light candle or ambient product, be assured that it has been crafted in New Zealand with love, care and excellence.
What do kiwi birds, sheep, dinosaurs, kangaroos and elephants all have in common? They all feature in Tarata's Balancing Act wooden puzzles.
Since 1983 these challenging puzzles have been handcrafted by a team in Christchurch from farm forested timber. Tarata's fun puzzles will challenge your skills, dexterity and patience as you try to balance them. It's simply a matter of holding your tongue in the right place!
Each set comes in a lovely gift box with full instructions and a challenging configuration card showing approximately 20 of the literally 100's of possible ways of balancing each set of animals.
Balancing Act puzzles are a fun and educational game that is suitable for all ages. A great gift idea as the benefits of playing with the animals are numerous and impressive, for both creative and scientific minds.
How many animals will you be able to balance?
Green is the new black!
And if it's not, it should be. We have some exquisite handcarved Pounamu pendants to suit every style and budget. Pounamu (pronounced poe-nah-moo) refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade, bowenite, or serpentinite stone found in southern New Zealand.
Every shape tells a different story, so its important to get the right one to convey the message you want to share...
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