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Gifts From Aotearoa, NZ

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Celebration | Connection | Love

Here’s Koru Enterprises top SIX artisan gifts from our carefully curated online gift shop.

Made in Hawke’s Bay, this very special one-off weaving is called, “Ko Te Aroha Te Mea Nui” (The greatest thing is love). A beautifully woven New Zealand harakeke (flax) wall hanging. The stunning taonga (treasure) would suit an office, school, or boardroom. It’s dimensions are width approximately 50 cm, length 2 meters 30 cm. Materials used are Harakeke (NZ flax), Muka (flax fibre), Kōrari (flax flower stem), with black and red Rit dyes. Boiled harakeke is natural. The pattern above the words “Ko Te Aroha Te Mea Nui” is the pattern “Te Hera o Te Waka o Tainui” (The Sail of the Tainui Canoe) to represent the movement of people. The patterns below the words are combinations of weaving two’s. Whakatū and Whakapae. The weaving represents the coming together and movement of the people where aroha (love) lives. A priceless heirloom.
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Inspired by NZ’s native Kawakawa, this gorgeous knitting pattern makes a perfect gift. Your PDF arrives straight to your inbox. NO SHIPPING, yay! The inspiration for the design are the iconic heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are chewed to treat toothaches, infused as a tea to relieve stomach ailments, used externally for skin disorders, dried and grounded for seasoning, and burned to repel insects. The leaves are also used in pōwhiri (ceremonies) to welcome guests onto the marae, and worn as a wreath on the head as a sign of mourning during funerals. The shape is similar to the leaves of the Mexican Redbud. The leaves of both trees have a heart shape. Similarly, as with all leaves, when you hold them to the light, you can see the veins. Both trees are also hosts to a moth or butterfly where they leave small openings.
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With the devastating news that COVID19 is still spreading around the world, we feel that this NEW natural skincare will help many of us! Horoi, which means to cleanse, is designed for those wanting an oil that cleanses the skin, it is great for oily and acne prone skin. This oil is naturally antibacterial, anti-acne and anti-viral. Full of amazing ingredients such as organic sweet almond oil, New Zealand propolis extract + organic mānuka essential oil. Handcrafted in Aotearoa, New Zealand with love.
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Pitt Island (Rangiauria) was originally inhabited by Moriori, the indigenous peoples of Chatham Islands, who called it “Rangiaotea” or “Rangihaute”. The archipelago is known as Rēkohu (Misty Sun). Our unique wool gloves are made from this region, and contain 50% Pihepe, 25% Bohepe, and 25% Possum. There are two sizes, medium and large. Suit both women and men. These gloves are designed to hug you and keep you cosy. This soft-to-the-touch wool has bulk and bounce with a gentle, light and airy feel. To keep them in perfect condition, use a cool gentle hand wash with wool detergent. Wring dry in a towel. Tumble dry hot to shrink back to shape.
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A Gift of Aroha (Love) is how we like to describe these beautiful Māori cloaks. Each exquisite cloak is custom made, to suit your individual order, with a variety of colours: red, black, brown, blue, yellow, green, and purple. This pēpi (baby) cloak measures approximately 45 cm x 40 cm, and is fully lined. These cloaks suit newborns to six months. A contemporary Māori designed cloak is a gift that will be treasured forever by the person or whānau (family) that receives it. Perfect for a baby shower gift.
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Last, but definitely not least, is our Māori Mermaid limited edition Māmā & Pēpi art prints. Ōtepoti based Jess, creates a range of amazing drawings and poems, reflecting her haerenga (journey) into her Māori ancestry. You can follow her on maori_mermaid on IG.  The artist was inspired by old photos found in the Hocken library, Dunedin, depicting early 19th Century Māori motherhood. These stunning ink on card A4 prints are shrink wrapped. A perfect way to send either as a gift or for a homesick Kiwi living overseas.
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We hope that you have enjoyed finding out more about Koru Enterprises boutique range of gifts and products. When visiting our website, you can join our exciting monthly e-news, and RECEIVE a $10 e-voucher!

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Ngā mihi nui
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