Aoteoroa, land of the long white cloud.
Growing up in New Zealand has been one of life's greatest gifts to me. Nature's beauty and bounty of Aoteoroa (Land of the Long White Cloud) have always inspired me.
Lifestyle and Family (Whanau) have been my source of creativity and connection.
Why "3 NANAS"? For my Nana, Johanna Margaret, my Mother, Sylvia Margaret and Me. I became surrogate Nana for the most adorable grandson of my dearest sister, Daryl. Hudson Z, calls me Nana.
Whether it was making shortbread with my nana, or playing endlessly in her bag of buttons (I still have that bag!), or knitting, sewing, or gardening with my mother, it seems I was always making something.
And so it continues.
At the urging of friends, I began marketing my Shortbread over 20 years ago. Then 2 incredible children arrived in my life - and Nana's Shortbread ( which it was called at that time) took a hiatus. 2013 has been a year of change - website, packaging, & marketing.
Kiwi Kozys were created when my kids were little. On chilly winter's nights, while tucking them into bed, I was reminded of the hot water bottles my mother and nana would give me to warm my bed as a child. Friends loved them, and everyone wanted more.