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A keepsake to unravel

Looking to enhance our packaging experience, we wanted to incorporate our love for art and literature, sharing a little piece of inspiration as a keepsake from us, to you. 

Captivated by homegrown perspectives, our Creative Director, Liam Bowden has selected his most-loved prose from four New Zealand poets, Ruth Dallas, Jan Kemp, Hone Tuwhare and Jenny Bornholdt. Creating a moment to pause, each poem was chosen for its ability to uplift and create calmness, despite the challenges unfolding around us. Sharing the gift of whimsical celebration, we hope our ribbons provide subtle escapism - a secret to unravel. 

Working directly with the poets or their estates, each piece of prose has been carefully considered, conjuring visions of frolicking amongst nature, and feeling at peace.

Ka koukou te rūrū.

Ka harakuku ka tute ngā rākau

i a rātou ake ka kawea atu

e ngā whetū te marama

hauwarea rara-kotahi...


An owl hooted. 

The trees scraped and nudged

each other and the stars 

carried the helpless

one-ribbed moon away…

 

Hone Tuwhare

New Zealand’s most distinguished Maori poet writing in English, Hone Tuwhare was born in Kaikohe in 1922. Becoming involved in trade unions during his apprenticeship on the railways, Tuwhare often used his poetry for activism. Winning several major literary awards, Tuwhare holds two honorary doctorates. Passing in 2008, some of Tuwhare's most-loved poems have been translated by Waharoi Shortland into Te Reo Māori for the book, Holes in the Silence, published by Penguin Random House.

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You are the rabbit of Paris.

The duck with beans and peas.

Little Hotel you are our herb and cheese,

our soup and sauce, you are allof these.

 

Jenny Bornholdt

  

Based in Wellington, Jenny Bornholdt was born in 1960, and began seriously writing at age 24. A poet and anthologist, Bornholdt’s work is characterised by her idiosyncratic take on the world. Her work has continuously been included in publications such as Best New Zealand Poems (International Institute of Modern Letters) and in 2013, was acknowledged on the New Year’s Honour List as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

A puriri moth's wing lies light in my hand.   

My breath can lift it.   

Light as this torn wing, we lie on love's breath.

 

Jan Kemp

 


A poet, short story writer and public performer, Jan Kemp was born in Hamilton in 1949, before living in Canada, the Pacific Region, Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. In the late 1970’s, Kemp toured as the only female in the poetry group “Gang of Four”, with the other members being Alastair Campbell, Sam Hunt and Hone Tuwhare. She was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to literary services.

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Ripples from a stone     

Dropped in a pool       

Like a poem’s meaning     

Go travelling on

 

Ruth Dallas

 


Born in 1919 in Invercargill, NZ, Ruth Dallas grew up surrounded by a working class settler community, with her poetry and children’s novels informed by the landscape and history of the South Island, alongside her natural introspection. Winner of several major literary awards, Dallas was awarded a CBE in 1989.

 

 

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