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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The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Object Show

31 January - 3 March 2019

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Floral Collective by Kieran Fensom

2 - 26 February 2019

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New Music Central – Mukhlisa

18 February 2019

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Lynne Lambert: Glass Half Empty – Glass Half Full

19 February - 3 March 2019

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Design Assembly business workshop

20 February 2019

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School of Music Friday Lunchtime Concert Series

Every Friday from 22 February 2019

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

25 February - 25 November 2019

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New Music Central – Poetry as Song

25 February 2019

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Indigo dye and shibori workshops

2 & 3 March 2019

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New Music Central – Lawrence Axelrod (USA)

4 March 2019

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Birds of a Feather exhibition

4 - 10 March 2019

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New Music Central – Berlin to Broadway

11 March 2019

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New Music Central – The Court Jesters

25 March 2019

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New Music Central – David McGregor

1 April 2019

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Fantastic Feasts

6 April 2019 - 23 February 2020

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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Sunday Guided Heritage Tour

1.30pm every Sunday

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Hire the Great Hall

Make your next event great

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