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Supporting local businesses keeps New Zealand businesses and communities strong and thriving. Not only is shopping locally convenient, but it reduces environmental impacts and keeps creating demand for jobs in New Zealand. Strengthening Kiwi businesses helps build a vibrant retail sector that draws in tourists and keeps our beautiful cities buzzing.
In a retail market often dominated by large national and international chains shopping locally can be difficult, so here are some initiatives that make shopping locally easy.
Unity Collection is an Authentic Māori Contemporary Gallery, curating high-quality, design, fashion, and art from leading Māori creatives. Unity values connectivity, entrepreneurship, manaakiatanga, whanaungatanga and aroha. A vision to bring people together to connect and empower.
The beautiful collection of Māori weaving, art, clothing, skincare and homeware are available to enhance your lifestyle.
Go local is an app that helps connect Kiwis with local businesses. The app provides an even playing field where small and medium-size businesses can be found, realising it is hard to discover local businesses in a cluttered and busy marketplace.
Go Local uses your location to show you businesses in your area around you, whether you are in your hometown or travelling domestically around New Zealand.
Chooice is a shop for New Zealand’s biggest online community of Kiwi creators, from small businesses to hobbyists and side hustlers. Chooice offers Aotearoa a diverse collection of inspiring, creative, and unique Kiwi items.
Spend on Small
SOS Business is an initiative to encourage New Zealanders to spend on small businesses.
Purchasing or gifting a ‘spend on small’ voucher allows you to buy at 2000+ Kiwi businesses on the inKind app. InKind house accounts also get you bonus dining credit at top restaurants along with access to exclusive rewards.
The website allows you to browse and buy from more than 2900 New Zealand made, owned and operated businesses.
The Hive NZ
The Hive NZ is a small business collective featuring a selection of products and services of small New Zealand businesses.
The growing collective has more than 2500 products and services from 230+ Kiwi businesses, meaning you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Markets are an intrinsic part of Kiwi culture that offer local goods that challenge how we think, shop, and eat. Markets are easily accessible, fun and a great way to discover Kiwi businesses.
Opt for a market if you are searching for delicious treats, local crafts, gifts, or fresh produce.
Facebook Marketplace allows Kiwis to see what real people in their community are selling.
You can buy new and second-hand items, which are convenient, affordable, and help give life to second-hand products. Facebook marketplace also lets you see a seller’s public Facebook profile, mutual friends, and seller ratings so you can feel confident in your purchase.