The best thing about this is the style and the kraftwerk early digital sampled sound. I remeber first hearing this as a kid and it sounded so fresh and new, the sound of the future.

I printed this design on some nice lightweight hemp fabric we had lying aound the store. I thought black would be nice and after printing decided that a couple of cushions could be choice and here we have the result that i’m pretty happy with. I then started pondering whether i should do some more items like this and decided that yes i should. I had a think about branding – apparently i need to have a brand and one that stuck is Aroha&Friends. So there you have it, the humble beginnings of a little product range from Aroha&Friends. Sweet. Now i just have to come up with the rest of the collection.

Here is a new print. This store has been around for a really long time, i think since the 50′s. It is probably the longest standing shop front in Napier. It’s now up for sale along with a bit of land next to it and soon will be bowled and replaced by some fancy new development.

We have a new batch of clutches from Phillipa. All hand punched and the illustrations are all pretty amazing.

Marion Courtille hails from Paris and is now residing in Ahuriri for the time being. Marion is a designer working in the fields of furniture design and leather crafts and has created a lovely leather jewelley collection which we have in store.

Did this print up for a bit of fun. The frosty boy gets a bit of a re-edit.

I was browsing Grain Edit and i came accross this beauty which stopped me in my tracks. It is a postcard that depicts the story of Hinemoa & Tutanekai designed by Keith-yin Sun and Judi Chan of Pigeon Post based in Canada. They are pretty sweet and this has to be my favourite because of it’s content.

I get these DVD’s in the post from time to time and today arrived a Keith Haring documentary and what i realised by the end of it is he passed away exactly 20 years ago today.

It is hard not to be aware of Keith Haring’s work, even 20 years on one still sees his work on tees, record sleeves or in the streets around the world so i kind of knew his work and some of his iconic images he produced but never really knew who he was or where he was coming from and so it was good to see this workaholic artist who in a decade worked his ass of right up until his death.

What impresses me about Keith is how quickly his career took off. By the end of art school in 81 he was beginning to blow up and pretty much that year and the next saw him exhibiting all over the world. The amount of output blew me away as well, this guy was prolific and he painted with purpose, conviction and speed, almost like he was under voodoo. And even with so much attention and success always requested that where ever he goes in the world he must do a public piece or mural that would last long after he has gone.

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The Motown crew is in town right now and we just had Joe Herndon now of the Temptations in the store today. He needed his trousers mended before the gig and lucky Zena was there to save the day.

Here is one of my favourite jams from the Temptations. According to Joe this is not on the set list for the Mission. I guess with so many hits and such a short set a lot of songs won’t make the cut.

Just spying on the chaps over at TCSS and was pretty blown away by this sweet little number. Very nice indeed.

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Taniko by David Trubridge is a slim pendant light shade inspired by the woven patterns on cloaks and walls made by Maori. The shapes are designed so there is minimal waste from the CNC cutting process. Made from natural or caramel bamboo plywood and nylon cable ties.

The great thing about the internet is making connections and while browsing my stats i noticed page views coming from changethethought.com. I investigated and realised it is a site i remember checking a year or so ago and coveting a few of the prints. Change the Thought is “a resource for the global creative community” with contributors from around the globe. Sweet.


For a couple of weeks i have been thinking about a slow jam mix and with valentines around the corner i thought it time to get my shit together and make it happen. So here it is, some of my favourite slow jams specially prepared for Valentines. This goes out to Robyn Hereaka, a friend who was a slow jam mix tape master.

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1. Love T.K.O – Teddy Pendergrass 2. Slow Jam – Midnight Star 3. Tender Love – Force M.D.’s 4. Let’s Wait – Janet Jackson 5. Fried to Friend – Diana Ross 6. Remind Me – Patrice Rusheen 7. The Sweetest Taboo – Sade 8. Where Is The Love – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway 9. Saturday Love – Charrelle feat. Alexander Oneal 10. Computer Love – Zapp 11. Juicy Fruit – Mtume 12. Oooh This is Love – Al B. Sure 13. Piece of My Love – Guy 14. Love Controversy – Part 1 – Loose Ends 15. Power of Passion – Inner City 16. Prototype – OutKast 17. Adore – Prince.

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I’ve decided i’m going to make Fridays a day where i post a you tube clip of a jam i really dig. here is the first offering, hope you like it, i had such a crush on Sheila E and still have the record that gets pulled out often. I was going to do Glamorous Life but couldn’t find a video for it but found this, back in the day when she has hanging with Prince circa 86-87. Why don’t bands dress like this anymore?


Kia Ora people! Hope the summer is treating you well and your vitamin D levels are good. It’s Waitangi Weekend again which means New Zealand is 170 years old and our daughter Haromi Te Ata celebrates her eighth birthday as well as Bob Marley. To celebrate we have a couple of special offers only valid for this weekend.

50% off all summer season fashion stock.

Board shorts and selected denim are only $60.00.

All guys and girls summer season tees are only $40.00.

This offer is only valid for this weekend and only available in store.

We are now offering coffee in store and have teamed up with Tom and the good people at Hawthorne Coffee and developed the Aroha Organic blend. Join us tomorrow for a complementary sample and let us know what you think of our new blend.



Blue Bay Motor Camp was a landmark in Opoutama, Mahia. The developers and owners have since cut down all the trees and subdivided the land up for high end coastal development. the only problem with this is the locals burn it down.

check out the video after the jump.


even when it’s not you can look at this and start whistling the tune and go to that kapai place.


One of my all time favourite DJ’s Norman Jay will be in Aotearoa this weekend and i need to find a way to get to welli to see the living legend live and direct. Norman Jay has been playing rare groove, philly soul and disco boogie goodness for about 30 years. The Good Times soundsystem is one of the heavyweights from the Nottinghill Carnival featuring Norman and his brother Joey and i was one of the thousands of people who would tune in to BBC London to hear his weekly sunday show. This geezer is diamond and i can asure you this is something you do not want to miss.

Good Times at Frank Kitts Park for
Rugby Sevens Weekend
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February
12mid-day – 12mid-night each day.
Free entry – R18

Norman Jay MBE (UK)
The Monkey Business DJs
Fried Chicken Soundsystem
Redbird Jnr
DJ Dunsta
and heaps more still to be confirmed over the 2 days!

Sandwiches and Wellington City Council present a FREE two day festival to coincide with Wellington’s Rugby Sevens weekend. The festival will run from 12mid-day until 12 mid-night on both the Friday and Saturday and is centralised around British music icon Norman Jay MBE (UK) and his ‘Good Times’ brand.

The festival will also feature a number of Wellington’s leading DJs over the two days, licensed bars – including the purpose built ‘Nation Bar’ on its first trip to the capital, food stalls, and TV screens to show all the action from the stadium down the road.

Located at Upper Frank Kitts Park, a short distance from the stadium, the festival is ideally located as a meeting place before, during, or after the rugby. Or better yet, forget the stadium and enjoy a full day of music in the sun!

The event will be a vibrant addition to an already colourful weekend on one of the capitals biggest occasions.

Sun / Grass / Music / GOOD TIMES !!!


here’s some podcast goodness from Norman Jay




Opening is at 5.30pm this Friday (5th). Hastings City Art Gallery, 201 Eastbourne Street East, Hastings.

The ‘Source’ exhibition and art project aims at celebrating gender and overcoming some of the challenges experienced by women artists today. Given the provocation ‘to revisit the notion of a feminine aesthetic, (a highly contested feminist art discourse of the eighties), nine Hawke’s Bay women gathered at each other’s studios to discuss emerging themes and provide constructive criticism as the work evolved. In some cases it has fostered cross-pollination of media practice and collaboration between parties.

The women have a diverse skill base and highly individual practice. Their differing backgrounds, ages, and life experience are connected by their experiences as women, and this has manifested itself in the exhibition. Co curator and Director of the Gallery writes in the catalogue for the exhibition “These women are empowered, productive contemporary New Zealand artists, worthy of following, watching and collecting. They lay bare their most personal politics, struggles, histories and love of life, so that you might consider them as more than the human condition at its source”. The exhibition runs from 6 February until 23 March 2010. There is a fantastic public programme of artist talks and workshops over the six week period. Check the Hastings City Art Gallery website for details.

The SOURCE participants are (in alphabetical order) Jo Blogg, Linda Bruce, Leanne Culy, Fiona Hislop, Anneliese Hough, Elaine Mayer, Jill Webster, Desna Whaanga Schollum and Denise Wilkinson.”