Norwin New Zealand was born from a koha (gift) from my parents Norman and Winnie. I come from a small town called Kawerau in the Bay Of plenty. Spending 18 years of my life there, it's always a place I call home sweet home and I have many wonderful child hood memories there. My whanau are of Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa and Te Arawa.
Inspiration for me comes from life itself. Elements of Colour, Silhouettes, visual aspects, time & age, textiles, cultural diversities & most of all a fusion of Contemporary Composition that add that New Zealand only touch to my collections. With a passion to create from colour, vision and style I create collections which blend their unique forms of Maori contemporary artwork into limited edition Maori designer clothing and accessories. My work carries that unique New Zealand flavour, a reminder of home sweet home.
“Aotearoa - Island of the long white cloud, the land of plenty”
“Fashion a timeless expression of the mind.”
I have worked in the clothing industry for 30 years working in various fashion houses, cutting & sample rooms working on costumes for the NZ film industry. I believe you must be prepared to do the hard yards in this industry and along the way you will carefully but slowly begin to learn the trade from others along your journey.
“When you wear my clothing you take a piece of home where ever you go“