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Kiwifruit used in Skin Care August 15 2016, 0 Comments

Research at several major learning institutions has proven that kiwifruit is among the most potent antioxidants. Now, its protective properties are invigorated and enhanced in a moisturizer that coats the skin in an almost impermeable bubble shield. This barrier stops all harm from causing wrinkles, dark spots, lines and loss of firmness.

KIRI® Antioxidant Kiwifruit face moisturizer has beautiful packaging - a glossy green-colored container with the cap in matching hue. The moisturizer is light with a rich creamy texture and mildly scented in a delicate kind of way.

It is common knowledge that the skin absorbs much of what is placed on it. Instead of congesting it with foul chemicals, parabens and harmful toxins, choose this one of a kind organic face moisturizer. Full with vitamin-rich ingredients, it not only deeply hydrates your face, but also improves the health of your skin too.


KIRI® New Zealand Antioxidant Kiwifruit face moisturizer has been produced using the finest quality ingredients and has been creatively developed to help balance the skin’s nutritional shortages and brace natural defenses of the skin against the visible signs of aging.

This moisturizer combats free radicals, which are the basis of premature aging. It also aids in the natural reduction of fine lines around the face while deeply moisturizing the face, eye and neck. It is intensely concentrated with no fillers or binders; and is specially formulated for quick absorption and deep moisturization. Well, a little goes a long way; that’s why every individual ingredient has a particular beneficial effect on the skin - leaving it moisturized, nourished and healthy. This deeply penetrating kiwifruit cream locks in the moisture leaving your skin looking smooth and radiant.

    • It is rich in Vitamins E and A which are great at skin softening and keeping it hydrated for longer periods of time. It also contains finest quality rosehip oil, which is best known for its incredible abilities to aid in the growth of the skin, smoothing fine skin lines and restoring the skin’s natural moisture balance.

    • It is also combined with the natural healing properties of the Kiwifruit (a New Zealand’s own grown fruit) and kiwifruit seed oil.

    • Rich in antioxidants, the KIRI® New Zealand Antioxidant Kiwifruit face moisturizer helps slow down the skin’s aging process by rejuvenating the skin and boosting its suppleness.

    • The sunscreen present in the moisturizer helps in protecting the skin against sun damage and also keeping it looking healthy.

    • Vitamin C - An even skin tone is just one of its many benefits. It also aids in brightening the skin and in wound healing; it should thus help to decrease the risk of skin damage linked to pimple-episodes.

Additional Information:

The KIRI® New Zealand Antioxidant Kiwifruit face moisturizer replenishes and enhances the radiance of the skin. This moisturizer’s popularity is gradually spreading all over the world with more and more people trusting on the properties of the kiwifruit. You could purchase and give it out to a friend as a gift, so they also experience the countless wonders of this natural facial moisturizer.

It is not necessary to use multiple products to revitalize the skin. With this and other Kiwifruit skincare products Made in New Zealand, you can treat yourself to a complete line of nourishing agents.

Last of the Retro Lynn Glossy Candy Pink Swans May 28 2015, 0 Comments

Last of the Retro Lynn Glossy Candy Pink Swans 

Legendary Kiwi ceramics manufacturer Studio Ceramics have decided to retire the candy glossy pink glaze for the  Retro Lynn swan range. This means the candy pink glaze  will no longer be produced and the last examples of this glaze will surely become highly collectable items. We have a small number of these last Glossy Candy Pink swans available. Secure yours today but be in quick as these will be snapped up fast and then be gone forever....

The amazing healing properties of New Zealand manuka honey February 12 2015, 0 Comments

Benefits of Manuka Honey

About Manuka honey

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from nectar from the Manuka tree. It's a known fact that honey can be used to help heal wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Honey can also be used for other problems such as skin ulcers, burns, and infection.

Manuka was discovered to have unique properties as compared to other forms of honey. Originally
Manuka honey was disregarded and was even used for feeding dairy cows until 1990 when Professor Peter Molan of the University of Waikato’s Honey Research Unit identified its unique antibacterial properties that made outstanding among other honeys. This antibacterial property was termed as unique Manuka factor (UMF). Manuka honey became very popular in the late 1990’s where it was used in many skin care products.

Benefits of manuka honey

Antibacterial- it has been proven in many studies that manuka honey is effective against most of the natural occurring bacteria. Manuka has been shown to have the ability to penetrate bacterial microfilms that inhibit most antibiotics from working. This property makes the manuka honey to be used in the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Anti-inflammatory- Manuka honey has direct anti-inflammatory action through antioxidant and antibacterial activity when it is either applied to wounds and skins or when taken orally for conditions such as gums, throat, and digestive inflammation.

Anti-viral- in recent studies, Manuka honey has been shown to inhibit the influenza virus. Though not proven beyond reasonable doubt, manuka honey has the potential of treating some herpes infection, shingles, genital herpes and cold sores.

Healing- it has been shown that Manuka honey is faster than other types of honey in healing of wounds and reduces the occurrences of scars. It does so by decreasing the pH of the wound, fighting infections, stimulating natural tissue repair, reducing inflammation and free radical damage hence there are less tissue damage and no scarring. It also has the action of clearing wound debris and drawing fluid away from the wound while keeping it moist. Manuka honey also prevents the dressing from adhering to the wound.

Emollient & Humectant- Manuka Honey New Zealand made skincare has an osmotic effect due to its high sugar content, which draws water into the cells on the skin and thus aiding in retention of moisture and skin hydration. If you use Manuka Honey New Zealand made skin care, your skin will be moisturized, soft, and you will have a soothing effect throughout the day.

No side effects- being a naturally occurring substance, Manuka honey has no known side effects like other forms of modern treatments methods. It works wonders without leaving any trace of ever existing in your body. It is far much better than most of the available skin care available. You can, therefore, use it without any fear.


Due to all these benefits, manuka honey is used in the treatment of stomach ulcers, lower digestive system disorders, coughs and sore throat. It has only been used in the manufacture of skincare products to prevent bacterial infection, skin moisturization and stimulate skin regeneration.

See our delicious range of Natural Earth Active Manuka Honey Hair and Body care products. Try the very popular moisturiser today.

For a limited time you can try Natural Earth Active Manuka Honey Hair and Body care for 50% off the regular price. Use this discount code when you purchase any of the Natural Earth range and get a 50% discount on the whole range! Don't delay get yours today!



History of the Tiki in New Zealand design and souvenir culture November 27 2014, 0 Comments

A Short Introduction to the Tiki

Tiki is the first man of Maori mythology. Sometimes, he is said to have been the one to make the first man using a mixture of earth and blood, while one of his brothers created the first woman. Regardless of his exact role, Tiki has a strong connection with the creation of humans, making it no coincidence that he shares a name with the famous carved figures.


The Tiki in Maori Culture

Although tiki can be used to refer to carved figures of humans throughout much of Polynesia, it tends to be used to refer to the neck ornaments called hei-tiki when used in the context of the Maori and New Zealand. The most common material used to create hei-tiki was nephrite, which might be more familiar to our readers under the vernacular name of greenstone. Hei-tiki comes in an unmistakable pose with tilted heads and bowed legs. Both the tilted heads and the bowed legs are thought to reflect the form of the human embryo, which is in line with speculation that the hei-tiki serves as a representation of the original Tiki's procreative power. In fact, Maori families are said to have presented hei-tiki to women who had problems conceiving a child.

Whatever the hei-tiki's exact meaning, its importance in New Zealand culture is clear. Greenstone is a semi-precious stone that happened to be both strong and tough, making it as well-suited for practical use as for carving beautiful objects. The characteristic hardness of New Zealand greenstone  made each piece hard to shape, meaning that the creation of a hei-tiki called for hours upon hours of careful and painstaking labor. Little surprise then that examples were so often passed from generation to generation as treasured possessions in former times.

The Tiki in Modern Times

In modern times, the hei-tiki remains an evocative symbol of Maori culture and has been transformed into a symbol of the nation of New Zealand as a whole. New Zealanders have embraced it as part of their culture, resulting in its appearance on a remarkable range of objects from the everyday kitsch examples of plastic green tikis, t'shirts and bags to high art galleries and fine ceramic pieces.


Fabulous ceramic Tikis

Follow this link to see our range of ceramic tikis that draw inspiration from the past and craft the tiki into a beautiful wall art hanging.



Crown Lynn Swans: A brief history of the much loved New Zealand design classic September 10 2014, 0 Comments

Look alike Crown Lynn Swans from the Retro Lynn range from Studio Ceramics

Born from the exigencies of war, New Zealand austerity measures during World War Two led to the creation of one of New Zealand’s most iconic pieces of pottery known to post-war Kiwis: the Crown Lynn Swans. 

During the war period the New Zealand government banned the importation of luxury items, or the production of New Zealand pottery for the duration of the conflict.  Viewing the consumption of luxury items as bad taste in the face of world wide suffering and deprivation, and the recognition that all materials and efforts should be devoted to winning the war, the government decreed that only utility ware should be made until the conclusion of hostilities.     

A lucky loophole in the wording of the legislation allowed room for some interpretation, however and that is how the Crown Lynn Swans were born. 

The Utilitarian Swan...

The stricture against ornamentation dictated that all items that were produced be designed to serve “practical” purposes.  To achieve compliance, the creative team at Crown Lynn recreated the ornamental swan sculpture, which was likely based on a Sylvac design that was very popular in England at the time, and inserted a hole which transformed the item into a functional vase that had the ability to demonstrate practicality.  It was after all a vase that could hold real flowers. 

Admittedly, due to the irregular shape of the hole, the resultant floral arrangement bordered on the comical as any sense of horticultural balance was lost due to the haphazard jutting of stems and leaves that emanated from the swan’s backside.  The dysfunctional functionality of the piece was intended by the manufacturer as a way of producing ornamental work without risking the ire of the war production board.

Produced almost uniformly in white, the Crown Lynn Swans were available in three sizes: small medium, and large.  Additionally, the large sized swans were offered in two different variants.  The first was known as the, “on lake” swan while the other was dubbed the “on shore” swan.  The former featured a sleeker looking water fowl and no discernible feet, while the latter was a much plumper specimen that displayed its webbed appendages.

Post-War Popularity...

His efforts were warmly received by the buying public and his product began appearing on the shelves of homes throughout New Zealand.  The clean, utilitarian lines were a definite selling feature for a New Zealand population that was comprised primarily of recent English immigrants.  Often given as gifts at important life milestones, a rich culture came to surround the giving of swans throughout the nation.  By the mid-1970s however, the ubiquitous swan was out of favor with a public that sought hand-made crafts while eschewing products that were clearly manufactured by machine as was the case with the Crown Lynn Swans.

Fast forward another four decades and the simple lines of the Crown Lynn Swans are finding favor again as collectables that are capable of commanding truly high prices.  For those who are wishing to display a piece of New Zealand nostalgia, replica swans are making a big comeback at a fraction of the cost of an original piece.  Now you can display this iconic New Zealand pottery piece without the fear that an expensive original will fall victim to the over-zealous attention of your grandchildren. 

Get Your Kiwiana Retro Swan Today...

To explore your full range of available options, you should check out the amazing replica swans that are in inventory at TheMotelShop.  Unlike the originals, these beautiful replicas are available in four different colors: black and white matte, glossy pink, and duck egg blue.  Recapture a piece of New Zealand artistic history with a Retro Lynn Swan today. Lovely Swan Lamps now available. 


Other classics of New Zealand design style are the McAlpine fridge jugs availble in 4 colour ways, Nautilus shell vase with a green glaze, Ranfurly Shell vase,  the Iconic fish vase, and the Brussells Shell Vase All available at The Motel Shop.