Cus­toms’ heavy hand

Show al­most scup­pered

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

At first at­tract­ing en­trants from In­dia and Aus­tralia for the 20120 Mir­ror WoolOn fash­ion show had been ex­cit­ing for the event’s or­gan­iser Martin McPher­son, but the ex­cit­ment soon turned into a headache and hours of phone calls. Mr McPher­son said af­ter email­ing his contact list from past en­trants of WoolOn, he was con­tacted by a de­sign teacher from the Pearl Academy of Fash­ion in In­dia about two students en­ter­ing the show. Two Aus­tralian de­sign­ers also in­di­cated an in­ter­est in en­ter­ing. A to­tal of eight en­tries were re­ceived from over­seas en­trants and soon they had let Mr McPher­son know they were ready and in the post. How­ever when they didn’t arrive in the expected time Mr McPher­son made a call to New Zealand Cus­toms. The gar­ments had ar­rived in New Zealand but cus­toms re­fused to post them to him un­til he paid $600 in duty. ‘‘They thought I was a high fash­ion cloth­ing im­porter,’’ he said. Af­ter sev­eral hours of phone calls to Welling­ton he was able to con­vince cus­toms the gar­ments were for a fash­ion show. ‘‘It’s the first time we’ve had an over­seas en­trant that has trig­gered some­thing like this,’’ he said. An agree­ment was reached that they would send the gar­ments on the ba­sis he pay a bond to im­port them and then ex­port them once the show was fin­ished. ‘‘We got there in the end,’’ he said. The gar­ments were a per­fect ad­di­tion to the event and show­cased wool fab­ric styles from North In­dia, near Nepal, where it got ex­tremely cold.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Im­ports?: The 2012 Mir­ror WoolOn or­gan­iser Martin McPher­son with in­ter­na­tional en­try pack­ages for the show which al­most didn’t make it.

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