Rozcraft have been making souvenirs of New Zealand since 1976. Roz started the business on her kitchen table, making “Sulphur Bugs” from a bag of yellow sheepskin offcuts she bought for $2 and selling them for 50 cents each to the famous Toot & Whistle Railway. The first delivery sold out the day it was delivered. Another local tourist attraction soon heard about the bugs & wanted their own – they were a massive hit with their tourists as well. Without Roz even realising it, Rozcraft Ltd was on it’s way! Technology in souvenirs & manufacturing has come a long way since 1976 and you won’t find any bugs on this website (we hope) but the qualities of innovation, hard work, honesty & the ability to adapt to the market’s demands remain – & have contributed to the long lasting success of the business. Today Roz still owns Rozcraft & we operate from a factory in Rotorua’s industrial area employing 7 full time staff and between 40 & 50 outworkers. The full time staff send out the orders & prepare the materials for production but the actual manufacturing is done at the outworkers homes. The outworkers are paid by how many pieces they make. It’s not as easy as sending an order off to a factory in China but we want to provide genuine souvenirs of New Zealand, & the only way to do that is to have them made here by the people that live here; Afterall – isn’t that what a souvenir of New Zealand is?
Most of our sales are still of souvenirs through stores throughout NZ, although recently our Kapa Haka lines have become very popular with New Zealanders. They’re popular for graduations, birthdays, unveilings & even weddings, as well as for Kapa Haka performance; some of the countries leading Kapa Haka Groups are now decked out in outfits from Rozcraft. Customised lines are also considered – don’t be afraid to ask for something you can’t find.
More recently we set up NZ Craft Supplies; using our experience and materials to help you bring out your own crafty side. We visit early childhood centres providing resources for the youngest crafters and helping to give centres the natural NZ feel. Some of our most popular lines can be found in the NZ Craft Supplies; DIY section. Please enquire if you would like a full catalogue emailed or a visit next time we’re in your part of NZ.
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