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