Ambience is key to a great shopping experience – that sense of intrigue and excitement generated by beautiful surroundings and merchandise.
Take Presence on Harbour, for instance. Situated in Oamaru’s Victorian precinct, at 1 Harbour Street, here’s a gift shop both captivating and unique.Stroke luxurious Merino Possum knitwear by Koru and Native World; smile at endearing Kiwiana; be inspired by elegant home décor; and marvel at artworks from iconic Aotearoa artists.
Owner Dawn Brown says her giftware is perfect for special occasions, such as birthdays, engagements, weddings, baby showers and housewarmings. “Tourists can take a little bit of New Zealand back home with them, but equally, for New Zealanders living overseas, a memento – be it a fridge magnet, mug coaster or truly Kiwi t-shirt – is probably the best gift you can send them,” Dawn says.
Open Monday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5pm. For further information visit www.presenceonharbour.co.nz or phone
027 439 5170.
Calling all fisherfolk – it’s time to call it a day; throw the small ones back, reel in your line, remove your waders and swap your tackle for your tux, ‘cos The Court has caught the best catch yet and you don’t want to miss any of the action!
Described as a small town, good Kiwi comedy, The Biggest promises a night of entertainment and laughter as we follow the escapades of Poppa, Pat and Mick in their quest to land the biggest fish, and thereby win their mate Stu a replacement boat for the one he wrote off.
It’s a great plan… except for two small problems – their collective lack of fishing skills and no actual means to catch the fish.
Written by award-winning playwright Jamie McCaskill, this hilarious, huge-hearted new comedy is a story of tough Māori and Pakeha men navigating life in small-town Aotearoa.
The cast is top-notch, with renowned Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow playing Stu; Rob Lloyd as Poppa; Phil Grieve as Pat, and Apirana Taylor as Mick. Nick Dunbar and Juanita Hepi play Jan and Cassie, respectively.
Directed by Ross Gumbley, The Court Theatre’s Artistic Director, The Biggest opens 16 June and runs through to 14 July.
For ticketing information visit courttheatre.org.nz. Book online or call The Court Theatre Box Office 03-963 0870.
Reflecting our unique Kiwi culture and heritage, the extensive range at Simply NZ represents everything that is Aotearoa.
The New Zealand-owned and operated gift stores are located in the heart of the city at the BNZ Centre and Christchurch Airport. Everything is Kiwi-themed and New Zealand-made where possible – from soft toys, bags and pottery, to skincare, food products, knitwear and slippers.
A special autumn promotion is currently underway for April and May – customers who spend $60 at either Simply NZ store will get a free tote bag. “This is a small way of saying thank you to our valued customers and visitors to our beautiful city, who choose to shop with us for iconic New Zealand gifts,” says store manager Wendy Andrews.
Visit www.simplynewzealand.com to shop online.