Support NZ; buy local


We may be confined to our homes but we still need to buy necessities, the odd treat and probably a birthday present or two.

With the economy tanking it’s time to think strategically and buy New Zealand-made whenever we can. Even better Waikato-made.

The Tamahere Country Market stallholders who make our monthly market such a vibrant and happy outing are now just a click away here online.

Fresh vegetables or honey, jams and pickles, coffee, bacon or salami could be delivered to your door – helping keep a local in business and giving the big chain supermarkets some breathing space. Check them out here in the e-market.

Or maybe you fancy a virus-fighting soap that comes covered in cleansing, felted wool or that won’t dry out your hands as much.

Bruntwood Lane Soaps are covered in wool which acts as a natural exfoliant. They are also offering a Covid-19 price and shipping discount.

The makers of Wouldn’t Know ‘Em from a Bar of Soap say their cold processed soaps retain moisturising glycerin while also having added oils and botanicals that also moisturise.

Also in the e-market are books for the kids, food for the pets, and treat ideas ranging from sweets to macadamia nut brittle.

Postal services and couriers are still operating and most of the goods from these creative, local producers can be sent from their home to yours.

And as this writer noted on The Spinoff , “with 85% of Air New Zealand’s international capacity cut, there’s going to be a domestic focus on activities over winter.

“So rather than shopping online at overseas retailers and facing lengthy delivery delays, check out what local businesses have to offer. Make a point of buying from fellow Kiwis – it’s not just for the good feeling.”

During the Covid-19 Alert Level 4 nationwide lockdown businesses may operate only if they are essential. This includes any entity involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods essential for maintaining the wellbeing of people. Details here.

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