Thursday, October 6, 2016

Artweek Auckland 2016

One of Auckland’s greatest creative festivals, Artweek, is back for another year (October 8 – 16, 2016). Presented by a charitable contemporary art trust, Artweek was established with the objective of promoting the visual arts in Auckland and facilitating a wider public engagement with the vast variety of art Auckland has to offer. 

This year, the festival presents the work of over 1000 artists, in more than 100 venues across the inner city and outer suburbs of Auckland, over 10 exciting days. 

There are a lot of great events happening around where we are on High Street – one to put in your diary is the ArtingZones event, which will feature interactive and temporary installations scattered throughout the High Street District streets and laneways. 

Also, the Auckland Transport City Art Walks come highly recommended. Take a free guided tour around the city’s streets, laneways, and squares, and learn about the diversity of street art in Auckland. From Maori and Pacific art, interesting urban design, and permanent and temporary works, there’s something for everyone! 

Lastly, pop into the Little High Street Arcade during Artweek to see ScribbleAKL’s craft-based and interactive installation

Here at Pauanesia we have been getting into the spirit of Artweek with our recent window display. Dunedin artist Melissa Martyn has created 9 textile banners, embroidered in a collage-like style with a combination of Pauanesia prints and vintage fabrics. Titled “Auckland View Shafts”, these banners celebrate the volcanoes peppered around Auckland, and lament the possibility that the Unitary Plan will weaken the historic protection of volcanic cone sight-lines.

Come in and see us while you’re in the city for Artweek! We will be open late on Wednesday October 12, as the city comes alive for the popular Late Night Art event (5pm - 9pm). To view the Artweek programme and book in for events go to 

Monday, August 15, 2016

From one kiwi to another – thank-you

For our 21st birthday this year, Pauanesia aims to raise $2100 for the fantastic Kiwis For Kiwi Trust. Thanks to your support in-store, on-line, and participation in events like our fundraiser morning tea, we have already raised $850! 

These funds will go towards the Trust’s programmes like Operation Nest Egg – kiwi are tracked and monitored in the wild, their eggs are retrieved and incubated, and when the kiwis hatch, they are moved to a kiwi crèche until they are large enough to defend themselves in their (ultimately predator-free!) natural environment. 

The equipment used in Operation Nest Egg is an expensive but vital component in ensuring kiwis continue to survive and breed – and with kiwi breeding season coming up soon, the Trust needs our help! 

Thank-you for shopping with us and supporting our drive to help the precious kiwi. You are all kiwi life-savers, ensuring kiwi survive and thrive.

Monday, July 11, 2016

We love our volcanoes

The metropolis of Auckland sits on a vast volcanic field, which comprises over 50 separate volcanoes ranging from several hundred to several thousand years old. This network of volcanic cones provides our city with a unique history, landscape, and spectacular views. Volcanic viewshafts – areas which provide unimpeded views of the volcanic cones – were put in place in the 1970s, to protect this distinctive aspect of our cultural and environmental heritage and landscape. 

The metropolis of Auckland sits on a vast volcanic field, which comprises over 50 separate volcanoes ranging from several hundred to several thousand years old. This network of volcanic cones provides our city with a unique history, landscape, and spectacular views. Volcanic viewshafts – areas which provide unimpeded views of the volcanic cones – were put in place in the 1970s, to protect this distinctive aspect of our cultural and environmental heritage and landscape. Auckland has around 87 viewshafts, which currently cannot be blocked by the construction of buildings. However, in a recent opinion piece by the New Zealand Herald’s Brian Rudman, which you can read here, it was revealed that developers, aided by the Auckland Council, are trying to override the importance of these viewshafts and decrease their number, in order to allow construction to occur. 

We think the viewshafts should be worthy of the same protection as the volcanic cones themselves, as they are an integral aspect of our city’s landscape and history. Let us not take Auckland’s volcanoes and their unique contribution to the visual architecture of Auckland for granted!

Shop our Volcanoes Tea-towels here and our Volcanoes Cushion Covers here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Worth the trip - Celebrating Wood

Every year, the Auckland Festival of Photography presents fantastic exhibitions that showcase thought-provoking and inspiring work by New Zealand photographers. This year, one exhibition in particular resonated with us at Pauanesia, and we think you should definitely put it on your list of exhibitions to see during the festival. 

The Gus Fisher Gallery presents Celebrating Wood: Back to the Future, photographs by renowned New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart. The 42 works shown in Celebrating Wood, taken from a 42 year period (1970 to 2012), present an overview of Aberhart’s subject areas and showcase Aberhart’s interest in, and New Zealand’s rich history with, wood as a material. 

 Wood was a defining feature of nineteenth and twentieth century building and is still a familiar sight as one travels throughout rural New Zealand. Aberhart’s photographs celebrate and record the way wood has been used in building, framing, architecture and carving across the country. His photographed interiors of churches, lodges, and meeting houses capture the detail and texture of wood, and the way it has been crafted with the human touch. Although people are rare in the photographs shown in this exhibition, each photograph captures a human presence: Aberhart showcases how wood is entwined with our daily rituals, culture, history, life and death in New Zealand. 

Aberhart’s images show how wood is entrenched in our culture, history, and experience with this land. He employs a technology that reflects the timelessness of his subjects: the black and white palette, 8 by 10 inch format, and long-exposure photographs capture a by-gone era and imbue the entire exhibition with a sense of nostalgia and reflection. 

Aberhart’s photographs are accompanied by university and museum collection items, displayed in a way akin to scientific exhibits; these enhance the exploration into and history behind wood in Aotearoa. In particular, Celebrating Wood discusses the significance of kauri, and urges us to be more aware of kauri dieback

Kauri is an integral aspect of Aotearoa’s unique ecology, a remnant of Gondwana. Kauri was favoured for carving and waka: huge native trees such as kauri and totara were recognised as representatives of Tāne, the god of the forest, who separated the Sky-father and Earth-mother by standing on his head and pushing them apart. When incorporated into a dwelling or carving, the wood continued to form this link between earth and sky. With the arrival of European settlers, kauri was a prime choice for naval masts and housing. The felling of kauri for its timber and gum, for building and exporting, as well as the clearing of native forest for settlement and farm land, heavily depleted the kauri population. Today, kauri is under threat from pests, climate change, and kauri dieback – a soil-borne pathogen that was introduced in the 1950s and is slowly killing kauri across the country. 

The depletion of kauri has a huge biological and cultural cost, and the inclusion of the kauri story in Celebrating Wood serves as a sober reminder of what has already been lost. As a call to action for more widespread education and conservation to take place, in order to protect and ensure the future of this taonga tree, free Kauri Project posters are available for gallery visitors to take home. The Kauri Project was initiated in 2014, and includes Northland-based artists who have created images in response to the unique tree, its history, and the plight of the kauri dieback disease. The Kauri Project recognises and reflects on the link between kauri and ecology, science, art, culture, and mātauranga maori, and their message resonates throughout Celebrating Wood. Follow the project on facebook here.

Celebrating Wood engages with your senses, emotions, and memory: this is enhanced with the addition of Phil Dadson’s video work Kauri Rites, the soundtrack of which adds to the ambience of the gallery. This work documents an eco-performance by the Kauri Choir in two kauri forest locations. Concerned with kauri dieback and reflecting on the significance of kauri for our unique culture and heritage, Kauri Rites ties the exhibition together. 

Celebrating Wood is on until the 2nd of July. Put it on your must-see list for this weekend! 

The Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland St, Auckland city. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Matariki is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, in the Taurus constellation. Coming into view in the mid-winter dawn sky - usually late May or early June – the rising of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon heralds the Māori New Year. 

Matariki means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). There are different stories surrounding the stars’ origin and significance; some say Matariki is the mother surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi and Ururangi, who appear to assist the sun, Te Rā, whose winter journey has left him weakened. 

Stars were once relied on to determine time, seasons, and navigation; they were a marker of continuity and reliability in a changeable world. Matariki is marker of transition, from one year to the next. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to mourn and reflect, harvest crops and plant for the coming year, as well as celebrate new beginnings. A special feature of Matariki celebrations is the flying of kites (pākau), which were thought to get close to the stars. 

Our print that celebrates Matariki. Find the tea towel here.

Today, Matariki offers an opportunity to revel and give respect to our unique country, landscape, and culture. This year, Matariki began on the 6th of June. The stars of Matariki can be found between 5:30am and 6:30am, low on the horizon in the north-east. Visit the Te Ara website to see a great beginners guide to finding Matariki. 

The rising of the Matariki star cluster heralds in a month of celebration across Aotearoa. This year, there are more than 100 events across Auckland. The 2016 Matariki Festival runs from the 18 June – 17 July. Visit the festival website to see what’s on in your area. 

Matariki celebrations were prevalent before the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, but dwindled in popularity into the 20th century. At the beginning of the 21st century, Matariki festivals and celebrations were revived, and have become increasingly popular each year. Matariki is something we at Pauanesia take pride in, and love to support and celebrate. 

Happy New Year from Pauanesia! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pauanesia and Kiwis for Kiwi

The kiwi is synonymous with our national identity. A rare and unique bird, kiwi are still facing a precarious future in Aotearoa. Predators such as dogs, rats, and stoats threaten the naturally flightless birds’ habitat, eggs, and young. Threat of extinction is real, and here at Pauanesia that is a future we do not want to see!

That is why we are supporting the independent charity Kiwis for Kiwi. Officially launched in 2012, Kiwis for Kiwi provides funding and support for conservation organisations and community groups dedicated to increasing kiwi numbers, protecting kiwi populations from predators, and restoring the kiwi’s natural habitat.

The newest addition to our kiwi bird crew are our Surfer Dudes and Bikini Chicks, complete with one-of-a-kind hand stitched bikinis by Auckland artist Rosie Coker. $10 from every sale goes to the Kiwis for Kiwi charity, so they can continue their amazing work.

Kiwis for Kiwi are on a mission: they want kiwis to survive and thrive. We at Pauanesia are equally passionate about ensuring kiwi flourish forever, and we are proud to be supporting Kiwis for Kiwi with their aim. Like Kiwis for Kiwi, we can’t imagine an Aotearoa without this beautiful bird. If you would like to purchase one of our kiwis and, by doing so, help Kiwis for Kiwi, pop into our High Street store or onto our website. But you’ll have to be quick – these snazzy birds are quickly surfing out the door!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kaharoa Kōkako Trust

Each year the team at Pauanesia donate a percentage of our sales to local charities. Last year our $500 donation to the Kaharoa Kōkako Trust enabled them to purchase 3 new stoat traps which have already been put to good use! We also made donations to Kākāpō Recovery.

The Kaharoa Kōkako Trust was formed in 1997 by a group of local residents who wanted to save and support the few kōkako that remained in their area. Their focus has been reducing the number of possums and ship rats in the Kaharoa Conservation Area and their hard work has enabled kōkako numbers to grow. There are now 173 territorial kōkako, comprising 77 pairs and 19 single territory holders. The work is labour-intensive and is carried out by groups of dedicated volunteers.

The increasing number of kōkako at Kaharoa is living proof of how the community can play a vital role in enhancing the environment. We are so thankful for their work.

A little about the kōkako.
The North Island kōkako, identified by their blue wattle, slate grey plumage and black mask, are only found in New Zealand. Sadly our South Island kōkako, with their distinctive orange wattle, are presumed to be extinct.

Kōkako have a beautiful, clear, organ-like song, which you can listen to on the Trust's website, here. Their song can carry for kilometres and different populations in different parts of the North Island have distinctly different songs. Breeding pairs sing together in a bell-like duet for up to an hour in the early morning.

The kōkako are poor fliers and they seldom fly for more than 100 metres. The bird prefers to hop and leap from branch to branch on its powerful legs or glide longer distances. Māori legend has it that the kōkako's long, lean legs were a gift from Maui after the bird filled its wattles with water to quench Maui's thirst as he fought the sun.

You can keep up to date with the Trust via their facebook page here or find out how you can support their mission too, here.

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