Sex shop spices up Eke­tahuna

The Dominion Post - - News - ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

Eke­tahuna is prob­a­bly not New Zealand’s sex­i­est des­ti­na­tion – but Sa­man­tha Ifill and Ian Turner plan to change that.

The friends and business part­ners will of­fi­cially open their adult shop Tabu in the small Wairarapa town to­mor­row, af­ter host­ing its launch tonight.

They aim to cater mainly to pass­ing traf­fic, and on­line cus­tomers. Other re­tail­ers in the town re­port about 4000 vehicles a day pass­ing through Eke­tahuna since the Manawatu Gorge was closed.

‘‘Every­body has sex, so this is like a one-stop shop for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in spic­ing things up a bit, or some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent,’’ Ifill said.

‘‘There are other busi­nesses that peo­ple stop for here, so it just adds to what is avail­able for peo­ple pass­ing through. Lo­cals have been en­thu­si­as­tic and re­ally ac­cept­ing of what we are do­ing.’’

The pair pre­vi­ously worked in adult shops in Auck­land, and Ifill – sis­ter of former Welling­ton Phoenix and Wairarapa United foot­baller Paul Ifill – said Eke­tahuna was ‘‘a lovely change’’.

‘‘An­other big fac­tor was the cost,’’ Turner said. ‘‘Rent com­pared to Auck­land is noth­ing, which brings over­heads down, and the fi­bre in­ter­net also makes the on­line as­pect much eas­ier to work with.’’

The shop would not sell pornog­ra­phy. ‘‘We stock lin­gerie, sex toys, can­dles, mas­sage oils, nov­elty items and things like that – all pretty taste­ful stuff re­ally.

‘‘If you opened a shop like this in Auck­land you would have to sell out your en­tire stock ev­ery week just to pay the rent.’’

Craig Carter, owner of Ad­dic­tion Cafe across the road, said he sup­ported all lo­cal en­ter­prise. Ifill and Turner were re­ally nice peo­ple, and Tabu had created a buzz, even in sur­round­ing towns.

Eke­tahuna Camp Ground owner Kerry Cun­ning­ham also wel­comed the store. ‘‘We are pretty open-minded around here.’’

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