EX­PE­RI­ENC­ING New Zealand made FROM TOP TO BOT TOM

Go Travel New Zealand - - Made In Nz -

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.

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