Sharing the stories of this beautiful place with integrity and respect is very important to us. We don't want this to be just a commercial project, we want it to be a narrative, where the story of the colours and design encourage people to think of and reflect on the relationships we have, or could have, with each other and our environment.
We have a deep connection with this region we call home. We acknowledge with respect Waitaki's takata whenua, the generations who came before us, and those who will come after.
We acknowledge and appreciate the support and guidance given us regarding the cultural, historical and geographical history of the Waitaki region.
The traditions of Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu are embedded in the landscape and the history of our region, as are those of the early European sealers, whalers and settlers, and those more recently settled here. Just as the stories, place names and traditions are interwoven throughout the landscape, we have endeavoured to weave them into the designs of our Waitaki collection.
Translation of Waitaki: "weeping waters" (wai = "water", taki = "to weep, mourn").
Flowing from the hinterlands of the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, the braided Waitaki River drains through the Waitaki Lakes, providing water to produce hydro-electricity, irrigation for farmers and the water supply for towns in the region, and an ever changing habitat to unique species of aquatic flora and fauna.
More to come ...