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

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday

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Tī kōuka string-making classes

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

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Posh Porridge pop-ups

Every Wednesday

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Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year

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School of Music Friday Lunchtime Concert Series

Every university term Friday

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

25 February - 25 November 2019

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Fantastic Feasts

6 April 2019 - 23 February 2020

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The New Works Show

20 June to 21 July 2019

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The Arts Centre’s annual public meeting

24 June 2019

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Matariki 2019

25 Pipiri June - 7 Hōngongoi July 2019

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Matariki exhibition opening: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

25 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki exhibition: ‘Mata Hou | New Beginnings’

26 Pipiri - 3 Hōngongoi 2019

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Matariki: Kai for Cena

26-30 Pipiri & 3-7 Hōngongoi

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Matariki kōrero: ‘Mata Hou’ artist talk

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki kōrero: Mahinga kai

26 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Resourceful skills workshops and tours

27 Pipiri - 7 Hōngongoi 2019

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In Bed with the Romans

27 June 2019

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Matariki: FUSH, chips, burgers and te reo Māori

28 Pipiri 2019

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Matariki: Kapa haka showcase

29 Pipiri 2019

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Mākete Kai: A Matariki food market

29 Pipiri 2019

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