Waterfront Auckland Pop-Up December 2014

We had a wonderful time running a pop-up shop on Te Wero Island in the lead up to Christmas 2014. This event was made possible by Auckland Council and Waterfront Auckland.


Summary of this project:

'Located in between the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter, neighbouring the popular community library, Rekindle's latest pop-up is based in a shipping container, showcasing a variety of products from both Christchurch and Auckland designers, all made from wasted materials. These include planters, clothing, furniture, jewellery, books and Christmas tree decorations made from timber offcuts.

The fitout of the 20 foot container has been produced in collaboration with Dragonbox, a group of four Auckland based designers who have been working with Rekindle in Auckland this year. The interior makes use of wasted lengths of exhibition carpet and plywood offcuts, that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

With support from Auckland Council, Rekindle will also be presenting information to the public about waste minimisation in relation to the Council's goal of zero waste in Auckland by 2040. This will showcase local social enterprises working towards this goal and will include Waterfront Auckland's focus on reuse of materials. Rekindle is hopeful that this popup will ignite discussion around the exciting possibilities that waste minimisation brings to Auckland city's development, environment and culture. 

Initially focused on diverting timber from waste within residential demolition in postearthquake Christchurch, Rekindle's work has now expanded beyond timber to a much wider scope of undervalued materials, including construction and industrial waste. Rekindle sees design as the tool that unlocks the qualities of resources which are so often ignored when viewed as waste. Rekindle also works to create a market for these products. As a social enterprise the majority of profits are dedicated to furthering development of this work.

Retail information:

A range of Rekindle homewares, jewellery, furniture, Christmas decorations and other items will be available for purchase from 6th to 23rd December 2014 Sunday to Thursday 10am – 5.30pm and Friday & Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm.

Te Wero Island, Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

Cash and eftpos facilities available.'



Rekindle Auckland Design Series October 2014
Creating from waste

Planters by Kennedy Brown, made from Inka shipping pallets from Epicure Trading. Planter Stand by Kennedy Brown, made from pine from shipping crate from Epicure Trading. Ceramic Planters by Dryburgh Pottery Studio made from clay by-product from swimming pool excavation in Grey Lynn. Photography by Evie Mackay


The Rekindle Auckland Design Series culminated in exhibition that aimed to inspire conversation around waste, and how we can minimise and redirect a wide range of waste streams into beautiful, creative and practical uses. In association with Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund, 14 makers, artists, and designers transform resources which would otherwise be destined for landfill. The exhibition was held at the Allpress Gallery on Drake Street, and was supported by Yealands Estate Wines, Auckland Council and Allpress Coffee. This project was co-ordinated by Julia Holderness in collaboration with Juliet Arnott.

Check out this review by Studio Home www.studiohomeonline.com

Crackle Tubs by Clark Bardsley Design, on Raised platform by 6x4, with Bunting by Emma Byrne at Rekindle.

Crackle Tubs by Clark Bardsley Design made from MDF and plywood offcuts from Cut Shop, Mt Wellington. Raised Platform by 6x4 made from pallet timber. Bunting by Emma Byrne of Rekindle Christchurch from timbers salvaged from homes now demolished. Photography by Evie Mackay.