Southern Clams is a thriving seafood fishery best known for its harvest of Littleneck Clams which are mistakenly known as cockles by many New Zealanders. The clams that flourish in Otago’s cool and pristine waters are harvested with ‘body dredges’ and end up in supermarkets and on plates in top restaurants around the world.
Southern Clams is completely committed to sustainable management and invests heavily in research. They monitor the welfare of the clams and their environment to ensure their health for future generations.
AVOS is an internet company led by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. It’s headquartered in Silicon valley and has offices in Beijing and Dunedin.
The company bought Delicious, the social bookmarking site, and Trunk.ly, the link saving service invented by Alex Dong of the Otago Polytechnic. The AVOS staff now split their time between developing Delicious and Zeen - an exciting new publishing tool taking on Pinterest and Tumblr.
Van Brandenburg is best known in NZ for designing luxury lodges that complement the surrounding landscape. A visit to Barcelona changed the company’s design philosophy and their new sculptural approach is heavily influenced by the organic forms of Gaudi and nature itself.
Their latest commission is the headquarters for Marisfrolg, a leading Chinese fashion label, in Shenzhen. The building is a colossal 120,000m2 with a surrounding lake, 4.8ha of gardens, restaurants, shops, a 50 room boutique hotel, offices, a factory and even a catwalk all housed under a series of interconnected leaf like forms.
Sara Aspinall completed a bachelor of Fashion and Design at Otago Polytechnic and worked at Nom*D for 6 years before starting up Company of Strangers which is now 5 years old. She started out making jewellery and leather bags out of old leather jackets but it’s her clothing that has earned her international acclaim.
Black may have defined the Dunedin look, but it’s Sara’s colourful creations that define her distinctive style. As the brand continues to expand overseas, Company of Strangers listened to their local devotees and opened their first retail store in Dunedin in February 2013.
Escea is NZ’s leading gas fire manufacturer with a turnover of over $10 million and 40 employees. They have made strong inroads into the UK and US markets and signed a deal with a Norwegian distributor in early 2013.
Their gas fireplaces are loved by architects for their sleek minimalist styling and the latest models are the world’s most efficient for their size. These models use a heat exchange system that took 2 years and $2 million to develop. The design harnesses the heat that would normally escape as waste to provide central heating. Web based and smart phone app remote control technology come as standard.
The best thing about the short walk along the main street, is the fact that it can take an afternoon to chat to all the people that you know along the way! ..Dunedin is the friendliest little city in the world!
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