"Aeon crafted a beautiful family tree of life for me, that my children commissioned it is one of the most meaningful gifts I have received & I can’t fault the beauty and workmanship.. highly recommend these guys ... Thank You!"
“We have been customers of Aeon Giftware for a few years now. We find that their business card boxes, framed artworks and recently introduced trinket boxes sell very well for us and complement our own work beautifully. We are impressed with Aeon’s consistent high-quality products, fantastic customer service and prompt despatch. We are very happy customers of Aeon Giftware and in turn our customers love the Aeon products they are able to purchase from us. Wonderful staff and excellent high-quality New Zealand products”
Dean and Ivana, Kuru Pounamu
“The Kauri Museum is an internationally famous Museum that is renowned for its quality. Aeon Giftwares products complement the great range we have on offer in our retail shop. Kauri items are our main feature and Aeon Giftware has a great range. During our long standing relationship we have been involved with product development. Aeon has always provided consistently high quality products and excellent friendly service”
Elinor Beazley (Shop Manager), The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, Northland
“Kura is never without Aeon Giftware. Our customers always find a suitable gift in the Aeon range – the products and designs are great and ideal for sending overseas and also for corporate and conference gifting. All our dealings with Aeon regarding ordering and customer service are first class – especially if we have an urgent customer order. Kura is proud to stock Aeon treasures made here in Aotearoa”
Helen, Kura Gallery, Wellington
“We were very happy to receive Aeon’s products; they were packaged well to prevent accidental damage and arrived safely on our doorstep. The products themselves, mainly wooden, were of exceptional quality, and obviously crafted with precision. Their products have always sold well and the comments are always positive. We will be purchasing more Rimu boxes in the near future” –
Ka kite, Honour and Sally, Manawa Design, Brisbane
is a Latin transliteration from the Koine Greek word ‘ho aion’; it typically refers to life or lifespan. ‘Aeon’ also has associations with ‘age’, ‘longevity’, and ‘medieval’, though more common usage is for any long, indefinite, period of time.
….to us Aeon simply means ‘heirlooms that will last forever’.
It all began in a garage…
Aeon’s beginnings, like many businesses, grew from a passion – owner Mike Carlton has always been passionate about art, and Maori art/design. In 1990, when tiny Katikati township (Eastern Bay of Plenty) was struggling, he was one of a number of volunteers who believed that by depicting the unique history of the area with painted murals on the walls of the town, visitor numbers would increase. Mike’s role included fundraising for the now famous murals, and involved making screen-printed Kauri coasters with mural artwork, and selling them through local craft outlets.
So it all began in a garage…
Increasing demand resulted in an extension to the souvenir and giftware range, steadily progressing to include iconic kiwi and ethnic themes. It also required an upgrade in location and approach to manufacturing techniques. In 1995 Aeon Giftware opened a purpose built premise in its present location in View Road, Rotorua.
Mike is of Ngati Whakaue descent, and inherited much of his mother’s artistic talent. Technology, in the form of New Zealand’s first laser engraver was introduced in 1993; this enabled Mike to produce, to minute detail, many forms of multi layered carving and ethnic pieces; Aeon Giftware currently operates three laser engravers. The entire process, from conception, designs, programming, manufacturing, assembling, and guaranteed delivery times is challenging, and combines artistic talent, sound business sense and practice with leading edge technology.
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