EXPERIENCING New Zealand made FROM TOP TO BOT TOM
W hen travelling in New Zealand, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up something special to take home that is unique to an area. The beauty of buying a locally made product is often found in the stories behind them which can be quirky, interesting or simply amazing.
To discover authentic New Zealand made jewellery you can't look further than Steve Haywood. This Master Jeweller, based at the beautiful Quayside Marina, Whangerei, designs the highest quality handmade pieces New Zealand has to offer. Their gemstones and diamonds are selected with the greatest care ensuring they create something for you to treasure now and for future generations.
There are many places in New Zealand where not only can you pick up something special, but can discover the true origins of that product and experience how that product was made or grown. New Zealand offers unique story-telling experiences, including factory tours and specialised stores – sometimes run by the very same people who own them.
the best place to see the process of making glass in Whanganui is at New Zealand Glassworks. The country's first centre for community glass is situated in the historic town of Whanganui. Enriching the arts and building on Whanganui’s existing reputation as a city for art excellence, this exciting and interactive facility is open to all.
New Zealand's major source of income comes from agriculture. It has developed advanced techniques to use the country's rugged land and has a global reputation for its fine wine and food produce.
There’s a reason Proper Crisps are the fastest growing snack company in New Zealand. Based out of Nelson, they use the finest New Zealand potatoes and, despite being a household name, are still
on first name terms with all their growers. This, and the fact they source the finest salt from nearby Lake Grassmere means they are truly deserving of their 'proper' name.
New Zealand is a small place with a big heart which is clearly apparent in the locals who are passionate about the products they produce. Don’t be surprised if they fill you in on the stories behind their region and their products. New Zealanders are clever people known not only for their creativity and ingenuity, but also for their friendliness and hospitality.
With studios in Wanaka and Nelson, Höglund Art Glass create glass artwork that has earned it world-wide praise. This is a true family business which takes enormous pride in its work. The family work together making their own glass by melting sand in the glass furnace, creating glass magic.
With four million people and thirty million sheep it's no wonder New Zealand's textile and fashion industry is booming. When you buy clothing made from the wool of sheep reared on the foot hills of a snow capped mountain you know you are getting one thing – quality.
Knitwear, sustainability and design are the heritage, life and passion of Snowy Peak. This Christchurch based company creates beautiful and timeless knitwear and garments. Their two brands – Merinomink and Untouched World – use the finest materials, the most modern technology and quality craftsmanship.
Another way to experience New Zealand made and become enlightened on a product’s story is by visiting local markets. Find out when the next markets are on in the area where you are visiting and pop down and meet some of the local craftspeople for a truly unique experience.
Steve Haywood Master Jeweller, based in Whangarei, has been making jewellery for about 30 years. His father actually started creating jewellery in 1957, so making and designing the finest jewellery pieces is certainly in his blood. As a fifth generation New Zealander, Steve strongly identifies with Maori culture and particularly, Maori Art. Over the years, he has been collaborating with Te Rangitu Netana, from the Ngāti Wai tribe, in a project called Ngā Hau e Whā. Ngā Hau e Whā is the gathering of the 'four trade winds', with the interlocking-rings made with Steve's hand, head and heart. In Maori culture, wind is said to be the carrier of new things, of a prophecy or message. The pattern they created is called Kiri Kiore, and it derives from the beginning of time, a symbol of Tawhirimatea, God of the Wind, and so much more. The pattern is particularly significant for Te Rangitu Netana as it connects the people from their past to their future, from their ancestors to who they are now. The incorporation of pounamu (New Zealand nephrite jade) carved by Alex Sands into the rings, creates absolutely stunning pieces, and Steve has really enjoyed hearing 'why' people want this jewellery. Proudly New Zealand made, the three rings fit together perfectly in a set, and these can be customized, just for you.
New Zealand Glassworks - Te Whare Tūhua o Te Ao (NZG) is the national centre for glass art located in Whanganui. The town has a long history with art glass and is home to many practitioners working with this extraordinary medium. NZG is situated in the historic heart of Old Town Whanganui and is within walking distance of numerous cafes and art galleries. NZG is a vibrant centre for artists to create, exhibit and to be inspired. The facilities and equipment are available for hire by professional glass artists. The contemporary gallery and mezzanine floor provide a great opportunity to see the mesmerising processes of glass art and the finished works on display. The interactive glass centre invites community participation through education opportunities and short course workshops. The gallery showcases the work of leading contemporary New Zealand artists who work in glass. Art is thoughtfully curated in a unique gallery space that will enthrall. There is a focus on collectors' pieces, limited edition sculptures and a wide range of high quality production is also available. If you can’t get to us be sure to visit our on- line shop. NZG also hosts regular glass art exhibitions and is a favourite venue for community arts events. NZG’s summer exhibition is the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) annual member’s exhibition from 1st Dec 2017 - 31st Feb 2018. NZG is open seven days a week from 10am to 4: 30pm (closed on public holidays) with wheelchair access. Please check their online calendar via the website to see who is working on the day of your visit or when the next scheduled workshop will be running.
T he King of Sweden has one. So does the King of Tonga and Elton John. Bill and Hillary Clinton have a few as did Mohammed Ali. What do they have? Pieces of art glass from Höglund Art Glass, of course. Höglund Art Glass has a reputation which extends beyond the shores of New Zealand. Created by glass artists Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund and their family, their stunning glass is sought after worldwide by avid collectors and people who appreciate the beauty and skill evident in each blown piece. Celebrating 35 years in New Zealand, the Höglund family has created a legacy of intricate art glass. Höglund Art Glass is recognised worldwide, and their masterpieces can be found in private and public collections, including the Lichtenstein Royal Family collections, as well as the Auckland Museum in New Zealand, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Tasmania Museum & Gallery, Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark and the State Art Gallery of Western Australia. The Höglund glassblowing dynasty is one of our national treasures. Originally from Sweden, internationally renowned glass artists Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund settled in New Zealand in 1982. New to the Wanaka region, the couple has recently relocated from Nelson, bringing with them talent and skill that creates breathtaking beauty. The couple's sons, Ossian and Oliver, continue to run Höglund Glassblowing Studio in Nelson.
Proper Crisps has flourished from its roots, on a farm in the foothills of the Upper Moutere where it was founded in 2007, to Stoke in “sunny” Nelson, under the Proper team and “Head Potatoes” Ned and Mina Smith, who are literally “hands on” and all about making “real food”. "The journey of creating a Proper Crisp starts with the fresh vegetables that we source from our family of New Zealand farmers. We originally researched the best potato for making a proper crisp, and after much trial we settled on the yellow fleshed gourmet Agria potato which was originally brought to New Zealand by the German settlers. Our Agria potatoes are grown for us in Temuka, located in the Canterbury region of the South Island and Pukekohe, in the Waikato region of the North Island. "We also use an assortment of seasonal varieties of Kumara – (New Zealand grown sweet potato) that may include Owairaka (Red) Toka Toka (Gold) and or Beauregard (Orange) and even sometimes, depending on seasonality, Purple Dawn . These are grown for us north of Auckland in the subtropical climate of the Kaipara region as opposed to our beetroot, carrot and parsnips, which are grown down in Southland and up north in Ohakune, on the cool southwestern slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. "Our team handles it all, from trimming the vegetables to hand stirring each batch in High Oleic sunflower oil, making sure that our crisps are cooked to perfection, spun dizzyingly to remove any excess oil, then lightly seasoning with our 100% natural, gluten free, vegan seasoning.
E Ngā Hau e Whā 2.0 – Palladium and 9ct yellow gold
Ngā Hau e Whā 1.0 – 18ct Rose gold, Palladium and 18ct yellow gold