Hi. My name is Janine Hart, owner of Virtu Gift cards.

I’ve always had a passion for being creative and artistic because I just love it! I was born and raised on a high country sheep and beef farm north of Gisborne which in hindsight probably fostered my creative side given that we were so isolated and imagination was the best tool available to pass the time!

After leaving school, I got into retail and held various roles. The experience gleaned from working face to face with the public has really helped me over the years of being a small business owner.

I lived and worked on the Gold Coast in Australia (again in retail) for 4 years before returning to NZ and settling in Mount Maunganui. Now based in Papamoa with my husband and young son, together we love the beach and outdoors and I try to reflect this emotion in my card designs.

An important part of Virtu is that I work on a personal and altruistic approach to my clients. (I believe that assisting others to offer a point of difference to their clients is crucial in the competitive economic climate)

Virtu was established in 1999 and I bought the business in 2002 - since then, designs have evolved and continue to evolve based around the available materials that I am able to source locally. We are committed to NZ made and support NZ and local businesses as much as possible.

The underlying notion with Virtu is because I believe that the giving of a gift or card is not limited to exchange of a physical “thing”. What we are trying to do is convey emotion to the recipient. That's why Virtu cards are different.

Hand made with care and passion, by me, every Virtu product is a result of my love for my craft, things that are NZ made and an expression of my gratitude for my customers.


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