Friday, December 8, 2023

Made in New Zealand: Our Top Picks

Creativity and clever ideas have flourished during lockdown – and so has the importance of buying New Zealand-made. Check out these cool makers and creators and show your support for Kiwi businesses, and you can also see more good stuff on the New Zealand Made Products Facebook page. Here’s a curated list of some of our favourites, check them out on their ‘grams.



Let’s face it, we’ve had time to imbibe a delicious cocktail or two lately. Making cocktails at home calls for the good stuff – quality ingredients can help make amateur bartenders into talented mixologists. The Good Cocktail Co’s natural mixers are made from pure, natural botanical extracts that are free from preservatives. They’re delicious with or without added alcohol. Cheers to that.



 Sometimes, we just can’t wait. Cookie Dough Collective is your go-to for ready-to-bake, nothing-to-add dough. You can choose to bake the dough, or if you need sweetness, stat, just eat it straight from the tub, like ice cream. Choose from a cookie dough log or chocolate chip, Oreo and vegan tubs. Order online for delivery in Auckland.



Wellington-based Potplant Studio sends high quality, real living plants across New Zealand. Founder Nicky has a background in horticulture and design and is passionate about interior design trends. Potplant Studio loves to support fellow local businesses and strives to be sustainable and environmentally conscious wherever possible.


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Beige not your bag? If you’re looking for interior design that stands out, Miss Lolo could be your answer. Owner Tamzyn set out to curate homewares that blur the line between furniture and art. She originally salvaging tired, retro pieces of furniture and gave them a new lease of life with vibrant colours and bold patterns. Now the business has grown to other aspects of interior design.



Talented snapper Rob has photographed everyone from Jacinda stepping out of a caravan to KJ Apa looking pensive on a sofa. Now he is selling fine art photography direct. Bolster your art collection and take a peek at his exquisite and evocative tui prints (as seen at Odettes Eatery), morepork, albino kiwi and kaka, as well as other chirpers.



Vinka Design creates bespoke wedding gowns. Established by industry legend Vinka Lucas in 1959, the business is now run by Vinka’s daughter, Anita. “We emphasise with pride that we design and create every gown ourselves in-house at our Auckland atelier. Vinka Design is still proudly family-owned and operated, maintaining our long-standing tradition of creating every gown the old fashioned way – by hand.”



Christchurch-based Stefan launched Crete Basins in March, hand-making coloured concrete designs without using toxic chemicals. The beautiful hues come courtesy of natural earth pigments and the basins are sealed with food-safe products that don’t emit any nasties. He is releasing new shapes soon. *Photography courtesy of Charlie Rose Creative.



Talented graphic designer and crafter Suzanne is pretty handy with a crochet hook. She hand-makes toys and rattles, as well as cool and quirky enamel pins, key charms, magnets and wall-hangers and ships worldwide. She loves the little personalities that appear in her cute creations and hopes we do too. We say yes, we do!



Lead creative Bridie and her fellow glowies at Glowjob design and build LED neon “saucy lighting cosmetics” in their Wellington studio. They’re soldiering on with a backlog of orders despite a current acrylic shortage. It’s a fun brand that aims “to make life sexy, bright and beautiful”. Each piece can take several weeks to make, depending on its complexity.

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