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News 03 Gin inspired and flavoured by Canterbury’s ecology released for Summer


The gins are flavoured by endemic botanicals from iconic Canterbury locations, the first one being Riccarton Bush Pūtaringamotu. Kahikatea and kānuka have been sourced from the bush, with the permission of the Trust. The bush is the largest remaining remnant of what would have once covered the Canterbury plains. 

The profit from each bottle sold will go to our Green Philanthropy Fund which will support the ecological restoration of Canterbury. 

Flavours 02 and 03 will be released in 2023. 

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“The Spirits Workshop is inspired by the Christchurch Foundation and the work they are undertaking to restore the ecosystems of our region. Pūtaringamotu is a beautiful space, honouring the flora and fauna as it was. We are proud and excited to support the team in their endeavors,” said Michelle Quin Marketing and Events Manager. 

The lowland native forests are perhaps the rarest ecosystem type in Canterbury. While they would have been widespread throughout the lowlands of Canterbury, they are now confined to a few tiny remnants like Pūtaringamotu in Christchurch. They would have been dominated by towering podocarps like tōtara, kahikatea and mataī and would have supported an abundance of birdlife and other fauna.

This is one of the ecosystems identified to tell the story of Waitaha Canterbury and inspire generosity.