Paekākāriki Pops

WHILE MANY Welling­to­ni­ans no doubt wel­comed the un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally balmy sum­mer the re­gion has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, Amy De­lahunty and Chrissy Vize had more rea­son than most to cel­e­brate. The pair run ice block busi­ness Paekākāriki Pops, and it’s no se­cret that when it’s hot and sunny, peo­ple want icy treats.

Amy (above right) and Chrissy (above left) have been friends since they were 13 and now live down the road from each other in Paekākāriki, just north of Welling­ton on the Kāpiti Coast. Chrissy ran an ice block busi­ness in Mel­bourne, where she lived for 10 years, and on re­turn­ing home, she and Amy, whose young chil­dren now go to Play­cen­tre and school to­gether, de­cided to give it a go here. “Do­ing some­thing with an old, close friend is re­ally lovely,” says Amy.

The pair sell their ice blocks – which are made with sea­sonal fruit, much of it or­ganic and lo­cally sourced – at mar­kets and events around the re­gion, as well as of­fer­ing a home de­liv­ery ser­vice. They’re also stocked at a few cafes and stores in Kāpiti.

Flavours change depend­ing on what’s avail­able, so there’s plenty of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and adap­ta­tion go­ing on. “At the mo­ment we’ve got lists and lists of flavours we want to try, and we’ve got very will­ing taste testers in our chil­dren and part­ners,” says Amy. “We re­ally try to make it as eco-friendly as pos­si­ble and as fam­ily friendly as pos­si­ble,” she adds.

The creamy av­o­cado and lime pop (pic­tured sec­ond from right be­low with, from left, rasp­berry and lime, rasp­berry lemon­ade and pineap­ple, co­conut and lime) is a favourite, but the hit of the sum­mer has been a ginger, lime and lemon­grass num­ber, says Amy. “It’s like a lemon­ade ice block for grown-ups.” face­ /

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