I started flying kites over 50 years ago and in April 1996
set up Skylines and Bylines to provide a range of quality
New Zealand made kites and windsocks for kids of all ages.
I believe that kites bring out the smiles in people, and that flying
kites, or just watching others fly them, is the best way to lift
Skylines has grown steadily, beginning in a small a studio
at The Arts Centre in 1996, then moving to a larger location
in the retail block, where it became the KiteShop and operated
as a 7 day retail outlet for 5 years. Next was a factory-showroom
in Opawa. Now sales are on-line and the travelling
kite shop sells kites, windsocks and wind toys at fairs
and shows around the country.
As Julie - the Kite Lady I visit schools and groups throughout
New Zealand and run kite making workshops
for kids of all ages.
Tidying up a while ago, I found an old invoice book for kite
kits supplied to schools dating back to 1987. It started me
looking at some statistics and I calculated that, since starting
this business full-time in 1996, I've made kites with about
25,000 kids and supplied over 150,000 kite kits to schools
and groups throughout New Zealand.
Most of my work time is spent fiddling around in the workshop,
but I get my real buzz seeing the huge smiles when kids get
their kites up into the air. So, cheers to all the fabulous
kite makers out there!
There isn't much spare time, but I still get to make and
fly some big and beautiful kites.
And at home Sophie, Bella,
Trevor and the garden keep me busy.
Onwards and upwards ...
Julie - the Kite Lady