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The Himalayan Trading Post:

Celebrating 10 years of happiness C elebrating 10 years of ethical trading is no small thing in retail; however Kaari Schlebach, founder of Himalayan Trading Post (HTP), feels a particular sense of fulfilment with how HTP has been supported and developed during its time in the Whangarei CBD. “The motivation to establish HTP has always been to bring as much positive benefit as we can to the community and beyond, to help improve in some way every being we interact with. It is a family style local business where you have the Monks helping in the shop alongside and part of our store manager Monique Danes team.” 10 years passes quickly yet visiting HTP is still like entering a different world. Time slows as you browse the enticingly arranged goods, and an undeniable sense of goodwill exudes from the lovingly handpainted store. Why is this? What imbues HTP such an embracing, calming atmosphere? “We are all very happy here, it’s a great place with great neighbours, landlord, customers, staff and volunteers” says Monique.

HTP is part of a not for profit Charitable Trust that assists the Monks and Nuns of the Tibetan Buddhist Centre Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling of Parakiore Hill in Kamo to offer peaceful teachings and community programs on meditation and happiness. HTP has evolved from a small merchandising stall that accompanied the Monks while on a NZ wide Sand Mandala tour, through a couple of other CBD locations, to its current premises on Walton and Cameron Streets corner. HTP values the importance of the working relationships it has with all its suppliers, “We feel we represent our customers when we are travelling to purchase products from the different countries of the Himalayan regions and therefore we do our best to know the true story of the origin of the products and how the purchase may affect the lives of all the people involved. We hand choose our products for Northlanders to enjoy, looking at every aspect of every purchase; we take time to investigate, we are cautious, and above all we strive to make ethical choices. “ In addition to its broad selection of clothing and

giftware HTP currently may have the largest selection of singing bowls in New Zealand, each being unique in sound, tone and design. Alongside these harmonic bowls you will find beautiful soft Indian cotton scarves, Nepalese-made NZ-wool

mittens, wrist-warmers, beanies, gloves and slippers: and of course HTPs own gorgeous range of hand-crafted and designed silver jewellery. With the future looking rosy, Kaari and her welcoming team invite you to join them in

celebration: treasures abound in Whangarei’s most colourful shop — where you can be confident that every penny you spend is finding its way to a truly worthwhile cause.

Come and explore our fabulous store packed with beautiful clothing; homewares; candles; jewellery; Buddhist books, CD’s and Prayer Flags; Himalayan salt and salt lamps; mobiles, wind chimes, fairy lights, delicious perfume oils, essential oils and other health & beauty products.

COME AND VISIT US SOON 89 Cameron Street, Whangarei Ethical Trading 100% profits to charity

Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm, Sun 10am-3pm

Ph: 09 430 2040

www.himalayantradingpost.co.nz with Online Store

Whangarei is proud to be the home of the

Tibetan Buddhist Centre

Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling “from which Love and Compassion flourishes”

Winter’s not for Wooses at Tutukaka Beach Shop Come on out and see our wonderful winter collection! OPEN Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday 10-5 OCEANS RESORT MARINA ROAD TUTUKAKA www.facebook.com/tsbeachshop Phone 09 434 4135 www.tutukakasurf.co.nz

You will find the Buddhist Centre at the top of Parakiore Hill just North of Kamo, overlooking Whangarei and the city surrounded by native bush.

If you are visiting Whangarei please feel free to come and visit us (daytime hours). You are most welcome to wander in our beautiful gardens and walk up to the Stupa (Peace Monument) and enjoy our native bush. Home to three resident monks and a nun, the centre offers a regular program of Buddhist teachings, meditation classes and retreats.

To visit, you will find us at 159 Parakiore Road, off of Pipiwai Rd, North of Kamo To make an appointment or for more information, please call 09 435 4444 or check out our website: www.mandala.org.nz

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