Modelcrafts and Hobbies endeavours to stock (or at least quickly obtain) all the items, kits, materials and tools that hobbyists need.
Modelcrafts and Hobbies is a family business, run by a couple, Peter and Anna. They have received help from their older sons, Ben and Ron, and their youngest son, Douglas, born in 2008, is happy to assist in product testing. They have also been helped by very knowlegable non-relatives in the staffing of the shop.
Modelcrafts and Hobbies is a Wellington institution, having been continuously trading since 1956, 60 years so far!
The gentleman who started the business sold it to Peter Howman's father after several years, who in turn sold it to his son.
In that time, the business had many manifestations - at one time having three branches and a warehouse. There was a branch in Lower Hutt which shut a few years ago.
Customers of a similar vintage to the current owners may remember the shop in the Racing building with the undulating verandah (opposite the City Council) back when that portion of Victoria Street was called Farrish Street.
In 1995 the shop was moved to the corner of Victoria and Dixon Streets.
In October 2014, the shop was moved across the road to the base of the Eagle Technology building, two doors up from McDonalds.
In March 2017, the shop was moved to the lower level (basement) of the building formerly known as the BNZ centre, (now called the State Insurance Building), 1 Willis Street. It is most easily accessible from the southern escalators from Willis Street. There is also access from the northern escalators on Willis Street, the two sets of stairs from Victoria Street and (on weekdays only) via the Grand Arcade on the other side of Willis Street.
Meet the team
Peter's background with models dates from childhood. He has been passionately involved in miniature railways, RC (remote controlled) boats, trucks and cars and constructing vehicle kits - trucks, cars and boats.
His tertiary training covered electronics and a degree in computing.
Peter and his wife Anna took over Modelcrafts and Hobbies on the 1st April 2014.
Anna's focus in childhood was on dollshouses, and she also enjoyed visiting a neighbour with impressive railway layouts.
Anna's tertiary training was in Architecture and Development Studies.
While occasionally serving at the counter, Anna mostly does the 'back-of-house' stuff, such as answering emails, attending to orders and paying suppliers.
Jared has been working on Saturdays since mid 2014. An avid modeller, he is able to advise people on making their kits and painting them. Jared is also a Remote Control vehicle enthusiast, and he did well in the Cuba Duba festival Teapot Racing held in our store.
Joe joined us in the nick of time in July 2015. Working at Modelcrafts and Hobbies has reactivated his hobby making aircraft. He knows the shop inside out.
Phillip's father worked at Modelcrafts and Hobbies, and Phillip's Grandfather! Phillip formerly worked at The Hobby Stop in Kilbirnie. He is happy to help people with their hobby decisions.
Also formerly at The Hobby Stop, Richard enjoys Remote Control cars and also board games.