Kia Kaha Clothing to be wound up
Wellington-based Kia Kaha Clothing, whose distinctive designs have been worn by Michael Campbell, Prince William and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, may be struck off the companies register.
Liquidator Jeremy Morley has applied to have the firm struck off the register after it put into liquidation last year over unpaid tax bills of $198,000.
The Upper Hutt company traces its origins back to selling T-shirts at Sunday markets, but it gained international recognition when Kiwi golfer Michael Campbell dumped Nike in favour of Kia Kaha in 2003. That saw the launch of the Cambo brand, which he wore on the way to winning the US Open in 2005.
More recently the company has focused on contract orders of uniforms for sports teams.
It was reported at the time of liquidation that the company was insolvent, with total assets of $416,000 and liabilities of $2.5 million.
Kia Kaha Clothing was set up as a company in 2004 but it goes back a decade before that when Dan and Matene Love began making clothing part time in the family's Papamoa garage.
Principal designer was Charmaine Love, who started working for the company at the age of 17 and later married Dan.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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