When you Google the small rural area of Tahekaroa the main thing that comes up is that it has a river and there are lots of trees. But we know better.
Tahekaroa is home to the extremely talented Laura Layton, who produces intricate and gorgeous illustrations using the humble pen and/or pencil.
Laura has always loved to draw anything from nature. An abundance of native birds thanks to a bird rescue/release programme close to her home, and the natural beauty of our flora and fauna ensures that Laura is never without inspiration.
Last year, we commissioned Laura to put pen to paper and create our gorgeous new logo that was part of our re-branding and refurbishment project.
Tucked under Auckland's Harbour Bridge lies the charming neighbourhood of Northcote Point. It is here that Chrissie and Charlie Seakins create simply beautiful pottery inspired by New Zealand, and have been doing so for over 30 years.
The simple yet effective designs are quintessentially Kiwi and many of their unique pieces have Muriwai sand (from our rugged west coast) suspended in the glaze. So, by taking home a piece of Pacific Painted Pottery you are also taking a piece of the land from which it came.
Most recently, Pacific Painted Pottery was selected to provide all the plates for a brand new eatery in Auckland's CBD. A wonderful achievement for such talented craftspeople.
Well done Chrissie and Charlie, we are so proud to have your pieces in-store.
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.
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.
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.
ReMaterialise was born out of a desire to create a cleaner, greener, plastic free planet by providing quality NZ Made reusable alternatives to disposable plastic.
Originally the business was mainly about recycling single use plastic bags into reusable bags and other accessories. Each bag is made out of 40 recycled plastic bags and last for years! Fi's bags have been sent all over the world and are highly sought after for their unique nature and durability.
The business has slowly evolved to include other unique ways to help people say NO to disposable plastic.
Beeswax Food Covers is another of those products, designed and handmade in Auckland New Zealand by Fi Leaning in her home studio.
Fi lives with partner Korin in rural Auckland and their two children.
Working from her home studio workshop, Jan Cockell uses porcelain clay to make various shaped bowls, vases and boxes incorporating the universal patterns of nature carved, pierced and imprinted into the soft clay. The pieces are then dried, bisque-fired and then glazed with a matte white glaze.
The pieces are sprayed with oxide washes, although sometimes other glazes are used to produce different finishes. Crushed glass is then used to achieve subtle colour variations which come to life when fired in a kiln.
Jan is strongly influenced by the beauty of her bush surroundings, the beaches and the sea in the area she lives. Each handcrafted piece is unique and gorgeous to look at, which is probably why they make such popular gifts!
Ecolyte Soy Candles offers a range of exquisitely fragranced candles in beautiful containers which can be refilled time and time again.
The range was developed by Isha Edwards in 2006. As a practitioner of Wholistic Therapies in Auckland, Isha's focus is on using only natural and chemical-free products around her home and her clients. When you burn an Ecolyte candle you know that you are using a natural product that's not going to harm your environment. Only the highest quality fragrances are used and there is also a range which uses pure essential oils.
Isha’s mission: to inform people of the benefits of using soy candles and to offer quality products for sale at realistic prices.
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