Our Story



We arrived in New Zealand from Scotland, on a whim and an invite to an old school friend’s wedding, we had decided, why not give it a go for a couple of years! That was back in 2004, when Papamoa’s population was a sleepy 5,000…. Always keen for a new adventure and challenge we have had a few ‘reinventions’ over the years and as our previous adventures and businesses have grown organically, we remain open minded where this new one, ‘the good tonic’ will lead us.  However, it will align with our believes of repurposing, upcycling and working within our community.

At the good tonic we continually look at ways to source smarter to help the consumer make better decisions by offering better choices. As conscious retailers we have a great sense of responsibility and pride to change what it means to be in business. Our goal is to create, collaborate and curate quality, sustainable and ethically sourced unique products and artisan produce.  We wish to work with like-minded companies that have the same values, companies that inspire and will have a positive impact in the community".

Our design studio is currently in full swing, Double Scotch, Donnas creative outlet.  Born from a passion for Slow Fashion and Design.  Ethically & sustainably crafted, Donna is committed to reducing harm to the people involved in the supply chain and the impact we have on the planet, one little step at a time. Inspired by our beautiful surroundings, each design has its own wee story.  “I love the unpredictable design process and potential when I’m inspired by a new colour, texture or materials.”

We look forward to sharing our journey with you,

Slainte Mhath

Colin & Donna