First up, The Poi Room in Newmarket has design gems with a Kiwi theme that are neither kitsch nor touristy. It was here I found this Paua shell-inspired bowl by well-known Nelson-based potter Royce McGlashen. I was drawn to the shiny blue inside and textured outer. It can be used as a fruit bowl, a large soap display dish or as a decorative piece of art. Isn't it beautiful?
Then, in the Parnell Gallery in Parnell this adorable Kiwi bird made from a recycled 44-gallon steel oil drum caught my attention. Despite its industrial aesthetic, it looks cute enough to stroke! It was made by artist Louise Stobart who emigrated to Havelock North from her native Zimababwe and established the Birdwoods Gallery in 2005. Louise specialises in animal/bird metal sculptures - all of which I think I could find a home for, both inside the house and out in the garden!