Interesting Stuff

Bold Apps

Making a difference – sometimes we are serious!!!

Making a difference – sometimes we are serious!!!

As part of the process of putting the art work together for our Merino range we became aware of the real need that exists in New Zealand to protect some of our “at risk” species. It was staggering to learn that 40% of the bird species alone in New Zealand are at risk of extinction. The use of the wide range of animals that fall in to this category as art for our merino range strengthened our resolve to try and make a difference. The two ways we felt that we could help were to put some money in to...

Read more →


Liam Southall

Merino Wool Info

Merino Wool Info

Merino Facts Merino is a breed of sheep famous for its fine, soft wool (usually referred to as fibre) and its ability to thrive in New Zealand's 'high country'. Merino wool is the finest natural fibre available and is biodegradable. Merino wool is one of the most fine and versatile amongst the natural fibres. Due to its natural qualities and benefits, including breathability and insulating capacity, Merino wool has historically been used across different seasons. It has the unique ability to keep the wearer warm in cold temperatures and cool and fresh in the hottest climates Key Qualities of Merino...

Read more →


Liam Southall

Pounamu, New Zealand Greenstone, Jade - What's the difference?

Pounamu, New Zealand Greenstone, Jade - What's the difference?

To be honest they are all terms for the same thing. Pounamu is a very hard, durable and highly valued stone used for making jewellery, tools and weapons. Each of the names given to Pounamu is used by different groups

Read more →


Liam Southall

Pounamu - The Main Varieties of New Zealand Greenstone 

Pounamu - The Main Varieties of New Zealand Greenstone 

Maori recognised four main types of Pounamu Kawakawa pounamu is the most common variety of pounamu. It comes in many shades – from strong rich green to dark green – and often has small dark flecks, called inclusions, which add to its character.Variations of kawakawa include the olive-green raukaraka pounamu and totoweka pounamu, which has reddish spots and streaks.Kawakawa pounamu is named after the common native kawakawa tree (Macropiper excelsum). Its colour is likened to the leaves of the tree. Pare kawakawa (garlands of kawakawa leaves) were sometimes worn by grieving women at funerals. Kahurangi Pounamu is the rarest variety...

Read more →