Posts Tagged ‘Possum New Zealand’

Continuing Rick’s adventures in Possumland

October 26, 2009

As relayed by Rick, not realising that Ms Possum would embellish, hyperbolise and immortalise all his possum adventures.  May he never read her blog!

Remember Rick, Possum Dispatcher Extraordinaire, in two previous stories on the blog?  You may recall he created a mass graveyard of our furry friends in one of Auckland’s most prestigious streets where he lives with his Aunt Ruby.  Yes, Rick is the ultimate recycler.  To jog your memory, see:

Possum Control in the ‘City of Sails’
Every Possum has its Day

Rick has just informed us here at Possum New Zealand that the “deposits” in Aunt Rubys backyard are now in the vicinity of 110, but hey, who’s counting?  Also, Aunt Ruby’s cabbages he tends particularly thrive on this highly patentable fertilizer.

Rick’s success in capturing possums is now due to the wonder drug – Cinnamon!  Sprinkle this up to the entrance of the cage, and whammo, Bob’s your Uncle.  Do try this recipe and let us know your success rate.

Eco-Fur in the US

October 13, 2008

One of our re-sellers in the US has featured lately in some press regarding eco-fur. Chrys Hutchings is really working hard to dispel the myths regarding possum fur, and particularly the misconceptions North Americans have regarding Possums and Opossums!

Here’s the link to the article from OrgeonLive.com.

The article features an interesting quote from Helen Bain from Royal Forest and Bird:

“They’re probably the Number One threat to our native species, to the birds and native forest plants of New Zealand,” Bain said. An expanded fur trade “would be helpful” in dealing with the problem, she said.

New Zealanders aren’t big on fur coats, Bain said. But there are a lot of possum fur accessories available in the country, including hats, ear muffs and — don’t try to picture this — possum lingerie. More popular are sweaters and scarves with blends of Merino wool and possum fur. 

It is interesting to hear an American’s take on the Possum problem in NZ, even if there are NO grounds for comparing it to the Mink trade!

Fire & Ice Gala Dinner 2008

September 19, 2008

The Breast Cancer Research Trust held its annual Fire and Ice Gala earlier this month.

Possum NZ were happy to be involved, and donated a red Roll Collar with a matching eco-bag as a lucky dip prize.

Click here to see the photos from the event. It looks like it was a fantastic party, raising $150,000 on the night for such a worthy cause.

Can wearing fur be guilt-free?

September 19, 2008

This article appeared in the online Independent this week. It started off talking about designer Chie Imai who designs under the name Royal Chie, and her ‘Eco Harmony’ range of mink and chinchilla (up to £42,000 for a cape, eep!).  Her take on ‘ecological fur’ is an interesting one

As Imai says, fur can be worn for generations, is organic, causes no pollution, and “returns to the earth”.

The article quotes Possum New Zealand’s take on the marsupial morass

Others, such as Possum NZ, a company run by Teresa Angliss in New Zealand, have already started making hats, scarves and gilets from possum fur.  The animals were originally brought to the country in the 1800s to establish a fur trade, and without a natural predator they bred like, well, possums. Possum-haters say that there are now 17 of these animals for every human on the island.

Possum NZ’s September Special

September 8, 2008

Buy anything over NZ$125.00 in September, and get a FREE Possum fur cellphone holder valued at NZ$40.00, plus, we’ll throw in a complimentary matching fur-trimmed eco-bag!

That’s 3 things for around $125 (less if you’re an international customer)! You could get a Possum fur Pompom scarf like the hot pink one pictured above, or an ultra-popular fur Scarf Collar or Cossack Hat.

Possum Fur Kidswear Range

September 8, 2008

We’ve had lots of feedback from our customers asking about babies booties, and it’s something we’ve been working on for while. Now we’re please to launch a new kids range!

Possum Fur Babies Booties

We’ve got 2 styles of booties – a high cut and a low cut.

The Possum fur high cut booties are amazingly soft and warm and the woollen lace helps to ensure they won’t slip off.

By contrast the Possum fur low cut booties are just perfect for slipping on and off – like little moccasins!

All our baby booties are hand crocheted and come in 6 cutie colors. They’re available in 4 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months.

The collection also features our super warm Possum fur lined Kids Muff and the cutey Possycat toy. We’ll be adding new products to the collection fairly regularly, so keep an eye out!

Ms Possum or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Marsupial

July 18, 2008

I’m often asked how I ended up working in the fur industry and with Possum fur in particular. I wasn’t always known by the pseudonym ‘Ms Possum’. So, how did it all come about? Well, here’s the Ms Possum story.

Many years ago, in suburban Auckland, my beauty sleep was interrupted, by one of our furry friends, launching itself through an open window. The subsequent hissing and thrashing was matched only by my hysteria – but it was during this pandemonium that an idea was born…

Possum Attack!

In the ensuing years, I happily moved on to other areas of the fashion industry (haute couture, bridal and leatherwear) without giving much thought to the little marsupials or the fur trade in general.

However, that was all about to change.

I had a series of unfortunate roadside incidents with the little marsupial menace. At first I thought I was being targeted. Then I learned that we have over 70 million of the little critters in New Zealand, which reassured me that I wasn’t alone in this interaction. I also realized that a more proactive commercially-driven approach to handling Possums was needed. Thus the metamorphosis to Ms Possum began.

I went back to how the old artisan furriers worked and learned their techniques and skills. Over time it became obvious that the satisfaction derived from stretching and preparing the hides, was incredibly therapeutic. My ‘Possum revenge syndrome’ has begun to abate – although sadly there is no known cure for this psychological condition.

However, on the plus side (and it’s a big one) I’m always creating new and beautiful Possum fur garments, scarves and bed throws for happy customers like you!

So there you go! The Ms Possum story and thus the birth of Possum New Zealand…

Possums & the Nude Lemons

July 14, 2008

We had a visitor pop into our workroom the other day, and she told us a possum story that we just had to share. Any would-be fruit growers out there will share her frustration I’m sure!

We were living in the Bay of Plenty, and the pride of our backyard was a magnificent Lemon tree. It had at least 100 on it and we were eagerly waiting for them to ripen. I was imagining beautiful desserts and my husband was dreaming of lemon Hot Toddies on cold winter nights.

We would pay regular visits to the tree to check out the ripening process. Finally we decided they were ready to be picked, and we set aside a Saturday morning for our horticultural endeavours.

What a sight greeted us when we got up!

Lemons Peeled by Possums

The lemons were in the same spot they’d been the night before. Except, every (and I mean every) lemon on our tree had been decimated with surgical precision. The Possums had very carefully eaten the skin off each piece of fruit – taking great care to leave it hanging on the tree!

Suffice to say that ‘bother’ and ‘oh dear’ were not the words that came immediately to mind.

I’d seen a few Possums around the back yard, but certainly not enough to wreak this kind of havoc! It was with the quickly-fading memory of a Lemon meringue pie in mind that I dialled the exterminators’ number.

I was shocked to discover that the little group of trees at the bottom of our garden was home to an entire clan of (very full-looking) Possums. In fact, that was to be their undoing. They were so lethargic after their feast that they were easily dispatched – although sadly, not to be made into a beautiful Possum New Zealand scarf.

Thanks Jenny we’ll give you a Possum-pressie. If you’ve got a Possum story let us know. We’ll publish it and give you a little gift as a thank you.

New Possum Export Markets?

June 4, 2008

We stumbled across this press release a couple of days ago, from independent MP Gordon Copeland. He’d met with Teresa Platt from the US Fur Commission and it was a ‘real eye-opener.’

“The international fur market is now the best it has ever been, with new opportunities emerging daily for fur based products, but possum has yet to establish even a foothold in this burgeoning and massive global market. Be it plush toys, fashion garments or just humble socks made of a merino-possum blend, international markets are crying out for possum derived products.”

It would be nice to see more of a unified effort regarding Possum fur, as a commercial approach is going to provide New Zealand with the most benefit, long-term. It’s interesting to note that 1080 poisoning costs $80 million every year!

We’ll keep an eye on how this develops and let you know.

If you’re interested you can have a look at the original press release at scoop.co.nz.

Possum or Opossum? Do you know?

June 3, 2008

Every month we get some queries regarding the differences between the North American Opossum and our very own Brushtail Possum. Well, that and a request for a Possum pie recipe (but that’s a whole other blog entry).

Other than the spelling, there are lots of differences, and we decided to put some of the myths and misconceptions to bed once and for all. In the process we discovered some interesting facts. Did you know that the American Opossum was introduced to North America as a food source during the Great Depression?

The Brushtail Possum: Trichosurus vulpecula
Inventive and determined forager with no natural predators
Average lifespan 6-7 years
Introduced to New Zealand from Australia, to start a fur industry
Dark brown or grey fur
Completely covered in thick fur with a warm hollow fibre
Up to 1.2m (4′) long and 14kg (32lb)

The North American Opossum: Didelphis virginiana
Feigns death by ‘playing possum’ to avoid danger
Average lifespan 2 years
Introduced to North America, from South America as a food source during the Great Depression
Dull grey-brown fur with white face
Long hairless prehensile tail
Up to 0.51m (20″) long and 6kg (13lb)

So, there you go! Makes for good dinner party conversation, huh?

Oh, and if you want to see photos, you’ll need this link