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About Philippa Wright

Campaign for Wool NZ Trustee, Executive CFW Global Managing Director, WrightWool, Waipukarau Executive Member NZWBA. Member National Council of NZ Wool Interests Member of WRONZ Member of IWTO Working Groups

Is the wool clip increasingly unviable?

2020-11-19T12:23:09+13:00November 19th, 2020|News Release|

From Radio NZ. Listen Below. 

There are grave concerns among sheep farmers as demand for wool drops, prices are low and there aren’t enough experienced shearers available.

Federated Farmers and the Shearing Contractors’ Association are seeking an urgent decision from the Government to allow some overseas shearers dispensation to enter the country to take care of summer flocks.

Federated Farmers Meat and […]

Wool bale exhibition to make a great impression

2020-11-03T11:27:58+13:00November 3rd, 2020|Press Release|

An exhibition telling the story of an old Kiwi shearing shed practice, which produced some of the country’s earliest export brands that represented New Zealand internationally, will be launched at Totara Estate near Oamaru on November 14. 

Secret Lives of Stencils is an exhibition that celebrates the life and 150-year history of the New Zealand wool bale stencil – and […]

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing’s synthetic mountain of ‘fluff’

2020-09-21T09:39:05+12:00September 21st, 2020|News Release|

When you add it up, the total amount of synthetic microfibres going into the wider environment as we wash our clothes is an astonishing number.

US scientists estimate it to be 5.6 million tonnes since we first started wearing those polyester and nylon garments in a big way in the 1950s.

Just over half this […]

Action on wool needed now, say industry figures

2020-07-21T13:22:01+12:00July 21st, 2020|Press Release|

National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests chairman Craig Smith says the big thing missing from the wool working group’s report is an action plan to deliver the recommendations.

Mr Smith, who is general manager of Devold Wool Direct, was part of the working group in the early stages when it was set up in 2018.

“We all know the wool industry […]

Study proves wool as suitable protection for military and fire fighters

2020-06-26T10:34:12+12:00June 26th, 2020|News Release|

AWI has funded a new scientific study into the fire resistance of various fabrics used as base-layer garments for military and first responder personnel such as firefighters. The study concluded that the wool and wool rich fabrics in the study performed the best, while the 100% synthetic fabrics (polypropylene and polyester fabrics) performed the worst due to their propensity to […]

Should Nylon and PET plastic pile carpet be banned in Australia and NZ?

2020-06-23T12:42:09+12:00June 23rd, 2020|News Release|

This document contains the current opinion of Greg Galt (Managing Director of Supertuft Pty. Ltd.)

“The answer in my opinion is YES.”

Concerns for public health, the health of children and their ability to develop normally and concerns for our natural environment prompt me to express this opinion.

Nylon is highly flammable and releases asphyxiate gases such as Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) if burned. Therefore […]

Wool Sheep Welfare

2020-05-15T10:42:57+12:00May 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Based on the “Five Freedoms” of the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Code, these Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare were developed by the wool-growing country members of IWTO.

They reflect the diversity of wool production systems as well as the national legislative animal welfare frameworks of each wool growing country.

Download the IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare below…

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE […]

WoolOn 2021 Entries Open

2020-05-15T10:28:01+12:00May 15th, 2020|Press Release|

Designers to the ready – WoolOn 2021 entries are set to open!

WoolOn Creative Fashion event is one of New Zealand’s iconic fashion events, encouraging both new and experienced designers to create visual, wearable pieces using New Zealand’s most sustainable wool fibres.

Based in gorgeous Central Otago, WoolOn aims to showcase and develop wool design and artistry in New Zealand. Young designers, […]

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