Press Release – Shear NZ
New Zealand’s shearers and wool handlers have welcomed the opportunity to join Prince Charles in Auckland today at Shear Brilliance, a showcase celebrating the Campaign for Wool.
As patron of the campaign Prince Charles supports the industry’s efforts to raise awareness of wool’s virtues and while In New Zealand for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations visits the Cloud in Auckland to inspect a wool showcase staged by the industry.
President of the New Zealand Shearing Contractors’ Association Barry Pullin says Royal patronage at Shear Brilliance is an opportunity for the industry to state it’s fundamental principle that more successful farmers will sustain a more successful wool industry.
“The art of shearing is alive and well, but with over two decades of depressed wool prices this challenging but wonderful industry is at risk,” Mr Pullin says.
“We all let standards slip sometimes when times are tough but the ShearNZ programme can take our industry into the future where standards are king and we can all exceed the expectations of the market place. Short cuts in the shearing shed cost everyone and its costing the wool industry dearly”.
The association with the help of Beef + Lamb New Zealand developed ShearNZ.
Mr Pullin says shearing businesses that invest in good processes make a difference to the bottom line.
” Along with our wonderful natural product come risks, unless we can give assurance of traceability and social and environmental sustainability, we are putting ourselves at risk in the international market place”.
ShearNZ was established to provide farmers, through their shearing business, a programme that certifies operators and recognises them as having met some sound standards.
“It’s a programme that is easy to work through and helps set-up processes that ensure better communications between farmers, the shearing team and the wool industry” he says. in.But most importantly, it’s about providing the whole industry with confidence that we can assure our key audience – the export market, that we have pride in our people and our product, the wool we harvest and the animals we work with”.
Press Release – Campaign for Wool
Fill your living environments with wool and do it in style – that’s the message from the Campaign for Wool. The Campaign is hosting The Prince of Wales today at Shear Brilliance – a wool showcase at The Cloud on Queens Wharf in Auckland.
“From a carpet couch to a wool peg necklace, from grass grown on wool dags to Tiki artwork on Merino, from Zambesi’s carpet bag to the loftiness of wool knops, Shear Brilliance will surprise and delight anyone who might have thought wool was passe,” says Stephen Fookes, Chair, Campaign for Wool New Zealand.
The Campaign is hosting nearly 200 invited guests and dignitaries as well as VIPs from architectural, interior and related industries at this special exhibition in Auckland.
Natural and renewable wool is a perfect fit for the more environmentally conscious consumers of today, says Stephen Fookes, and the exhibition is an opportunity to show New Zealand’s creativity and innovation with woollen textiles and products.
“The wool industry also has a long and dedicated research capability creating a constant flow of innovations and new opportunities for users. This is useful for the architectural and interior professionals to see. I challenge them to consider the attributes of wool when they are specifying fitouts.”
Wool has all the qualities needed for architectural and interior projects, agrees architect Stephen McDougall of Studio Pacific Architecture, who has taken on a role as Campaign for Wool Ambassador.
“If you designed a fibre for modern interiors, it would have all the qualities that wool has naturally. It is fire-retardant, insulates, absorbs sound, strong, abrasion-resistant, a natural humidity regulator, absorbs toxins from the air and binds them, is comfortable – and grown naturally. It ticks every box. It looks great too.”
Stephen McDougall believes the architectural and interior design industry actually knows about the many qualities of wool and just needs to be reminded. “Over the past decade or more wool has slipped from peoples’ minds,” he says. “Wool has a great story and it’s easy to tell. You also find yourself saying, ‘I never thought you could do that with wool.’”
All living environments – and particularly children’s rooms – should be full of wool, according to Ian Cuthbertson of Wool Industry Research Ltd. “It’s all good.”
Research investment is being made to ensure the claims about wool are backed by best-available scientific methods, he says. For example, there’s been considerable investigation of the wool’s natural fire-retardancy qualities, and Wool Industry Research will run demonstrations at the exhibition.
The Prince of Wales is the patron of the five-year Campaign for Wool being jointly run by the wool industries of New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia to remind consumers around the world of the virtues of wool and give them a good reason to make wool their fibre of choice.