ShopNZ.com

 

ShopNZ.com

Postal and Physical Address:

Shopnz.com (formerly Shopenzed.com)

Sozoli Enterprises Ltd

12 Pahau Ave
Tikipunga, Whangarei 0112
New Zealand
Phone:+64-9-4344659
  
Export Warehouse Address : 12 Pahau Ave, Tikipunga, Whangarei 0112
 100% Kiwi Owned and Operated
 


 

About Me

Hi, I'm Lesley Armstrong, I'm a Kiwi, I live in Whangarei, and I started Shopnz.com (originally Shopenzed.com) in 2000.  Why?  Well that is quite a story.

In 1997, I had triplets.  Yes triplets!  And life changed.  I wondered who would employ me if I had three babies.  I'd spent 15 wonderful years working in the clothing industry, in both manufacturing and retailing, but could I go back?  Wouldn't I be constantly having to take time off work to tend to illness, teething, etc?  I couldn't see a way, so I started looking around for what I could do at home.  A friend had sent self-feeding baby bottles from the USA, and they were a godsend, so I figured out how to import them and sell them in New Zealand.

Then another good friend and her husband visited from the USA.  During a short 2-hour visit, her husband, who imported goods into the USA to on-sell to retailers who had catalogue businesses, suggested I sell a line of jewellery for him on the internet.  I could sell it, and he would ship it.  So I thought, OK, I'll just have to learn how to sell on the internet first!

As a tester, I tried selling a book on eBay.  That went well.  So I started selling his jewellery.  But then I'd get buyers saying "oh you're from New Zealand, could you get me this.....".  So I went and bought the item, put it on eBay, and they bought it from me.  And I figured, well if they want it maybe someone else does too!  So I bought more.  Then another person would ask me for something, and another, and another.  I started taking a few items every week to the post office to ship.  I got to be quite friendly with the PO staff.  But then it grew to me taking a suitcase of parcels to the post office, and they got a bit tetchy as the queues grew behind me.  Then I found out the post office would come to me to pick up my parcels, and life got a little easier. 

Then people started asking me where my website was.  Hmm.  I didn't have the money to pay someone else the tens of thousands of dollars required to build a website, so I looked around online for what I could build myself, from a template.  Nothing worked perfectly, particularly as these were the early days of online retail in New Zealand.  Then I was in The Warehouse one day, looking in a bin of CD-Roms, and I spied a NZ based website building CD-Rom, for the princely sum of $29.95.  I had nothing to lose, so I bought it.  And that was the start of Shopenzed.com (which we recently shortened to ShopNZ.com). 

Then people started saying they were coming to New Zealand and could they visit my (then nonexistent) shop.  At that time I was working out of boxes, but we managed to convert part of the house to a showroom and office, and now we have a steady stream of locals and tourists visiting. 

What you get

Shopping isn't just about buying a product.  And retailing isn't just about selling stuff.  It's also about people and values and experiences.

What you find in the shop is what you asked for.  So although we say ShopNZ is a Kiwiana and Maori gift store, it's actually a collection of items that people both locally and worldwide said "Lesley can you get this for me?"
Because we stock what you want, we stock both NZ Made items and those designed in NZ but made off-shore.

Everyone who works at ShopNZ is a Kiwi, either by birth or citizenship.  But please note, my staff haven't been chosen by their nationality, they've been chosen because they have the Kiwi can-do spirit.  We all try damned hard to stock what you want, get your orders processed quickly and efficiently, get your purchases to you promptly and safely, and to communicate with you respectfully and promptly.  We are human, so we do make mistakes, but we try to put them right as soon as we can.

The communication with you is one of the most loved parts of any work day.  Your telling us why you have made a purchase, or what it means to you, is an absolute highlight.  So don't be afraid to chat, post an email, phone us up or visit - we'll be thrilled to hear from you!  Our philosophy is one of old-school care of the customer - we'll do our utmost best to get you what you want, when you want, and with a smile.

 

 

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Reviews

Tena Kotou,
I wish to thank you all very much for the delivery of the korowai, from NZ to Australia in speedy time. The parcel has been received in fabulous state of package and delivered to Australia in beautiful condition. What can we all say but thanks and thanks again.



Soyra, Australia, 5 June 2020
 

Hi, Received my lovely slippers today and I am very happy love the colour. My current NZ slippers are just worn out after many years.
I am more than satisfied as I know my new pair will last a long time, I have bought my slippers from NZ for many years as I'm assured they will last as I wear them all the time inside and out.


Helen, UK, 3 June 2020
 

Hello Lesley and everyone at ShopNZ!
Our shipment of NZ tea (Bell and Choysa) arrived today! We are thrilled the teas made it here despite the Covid19 pandemic! Thank you so much!
We are enjoying our first cups of these delicious teas and will enjoy many more in the days to come as we shelter at home in Washington State USA.
Evelyn, USA, 23 May 2020
  

Thanks so much, arrived in time for Mother's Day and this is what my Mum had to say about it: 
"Thanks so much for the wonderful present. The scarf is so warm and will be so well worn. Black is so versatile, goes with everything and smart too. Great gift!




Robyn, Aust, 12 May 2019
 

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Being New Zealand owned and operated, we specialise in offering unique New Zealand and Maori gifts, and classic Kiwi souvenirs. With our huge range, we reckon you will find the perfect New Zealand gift or souvenir to take home or send overseas.
You will find NZ tea-towels and Manuka Honey skincare, Maori souvenirs, NZ books, bone and greenstone jewellery, delicious Kiwi treats, t-shirts, and much more. 
Whether you are looking for gifts for special occasions - a Korowai Cloak for a graduation, a milestone birthday, or a gift for a homesick Kiwi – we’ve got something for everyone and for every occasion!
Wanting to order in bulk for a corporate event or looking for a Kiwi inspired corporate gift for a colleague? We can help with that too! Email us today with your query.

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