Frances Nation

Frances Nation is a small shop specialising in New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Natural materials, timeless design and traditional techniques are a focus, with the store stocked full of useful products from around the country that are made to the highest level of craftsmanship.

Customers can enjoy beautiful views of Worcester Boulevard while shopping for goods, including beeswax candles, ceramic dining ware, natural soaps and skincare, homewares, glassware, leather bags and wallets and cloth bound stationery.

Named after the owner’s grandmother, Frances Nation is a nod to the local family-run general store and to a generation that made things well and made them to last.

In search of the best, owner Tessa Peach has scoured New Zealand, personally meeting the artisans and manufacturers behind each product.

“I’m excited about the stories and people behind this shop,” she says.

“There are some extremely talented crafts people and manufacturers in New Zealand and it’s exciting to showcase them all in one space.”

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Grave: Death in Ancient Times

5 May 2018 - 24 February 2019

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To Ōtautahi With Love art exhibition

2 November 2018 - 4 January 2019

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Over & Out – Anton Mogridge

23 November - 19 December 2018

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The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Free Christmas card making

29 November - 24 December 2018

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Special Christmas kai at the Arts Centre

December 2018

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Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

December, January & February

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Pop Lab installation and fabrication lab

10 - 24 December 2018 & 7 January - 17 February 2019

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Stanley Palmer and company exhibition

13 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

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Children of the Night

13 - 15 December 2018

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2019 New Year Concert, Chinese Festival (NZ)

5 January 2019

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Forget Me Not Memorials Trail

5 January – 3 February 2019

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Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival

10 January - 3 February 2019

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Kaput

11 - 20 January 2019

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Guy Montgomery – I was Part of the Problem…

11 - 15 January 2019

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The Miss Behave Gameshow

11 - 20 January 2019

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Breaking Bread

15 January 2019

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Melanie Bracewell – Melodrama

16 - 20 January 2019

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The Revolver Club

24 - 27 January & 31 January - 3 February 2019

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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