A new store in Auckland has sold Australian-made cookware for less than $300.
The New Zealand Kitchenware Store in Atherton is the first outlet to sell Australian-produced kitchenware, and it has been selling it at a discounted price of $180 for the past month.
Its owner, who asked not to be named, said he was surprised by the response.
“We’re selling them in a small box that’s only two square metres and we’ve sold some other pieces.
We’ve sold a whole lot of pieces so far, but not all of them are Australian-style.”
The kitchenware is Australian-Made, we have Australian suppliers and we have our own Australian production process.
“The store also sells Australian-designed kitchenware from local brands, and other items, including an espresso machine.
Its new owners are selling the products online and through the store’s brick and mortar outlet.”
It’s an interesting place for us to be, and to be able to offer Australian-quality items, and be able offer them at a cheaper price is a great opportunity for us,” Mr Martin said.
Mr Martin said the store also offered to sell items from other manufacturers overseas.”
If it comes in a good quality, it’s very attractive for us.
It’s not something we’ve really considered doing for a while,” he said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been investigating the retail industry and said it was concerned by the way some of the outlets selling Australian-owned goods were marketed.
The regulator is also asking the Auckland Council to take action against the outlets.
The Auckland Council’s deputy mayor, Kate Fyfe, said the council was “very concerned” about the situation.”
I’ve seen some of these outlets that are selling Australian goods and it’s disappointing and it gives me no pleasure whatsoever to see a supermarket selling Australian food,” she said.”
That is a very dangerous practice.
“There are some really poor quality outlets out there.”
The council is also urging Auckland to develop its own “Australian Food Standards” scheme.
Ms Fyf said she was “disappointed” by the fact that some of her constituents in the city were buying Australian-manufactured food.