RAYS OF HOPE AND SUNSHINE
In remembrance of my beloved husband Ray, loving father of Kevesi and Raphael, business partner of Divine KapiTea, kind and passionate tea connoisseur, a man of great ideas and big heart, we would like to pledge 10% of all sales earnings to the World Vision, to help needy children in the communities. May the love of Ray lives on as we endeavour to finish his unfinished dreams. Thank you for your support!
Ray & Aymie with their 2 boys who grew up in the Tea Shop
Divine KapiTea started off as Divine Secrets in 2009, originally a small home run tea business based in Porirua, Wellington. The business was run by Ray and Aymie David. Ray is a local lad from Titahi Bay and his wife Aymie is a Singaporean who has now made New Zealand her new home.
Having been introduced to the divine taste and goodness of tea and the beauty and wonders of true tea experiences in Singapore, Ray and Aymie became true tea converts and tea lovers. When they decided to have a “mid-life” career change from an IT professional (Ray) and a teacher (Aymie), the tea business was without question the ideal choice!
When they first started, the home basement was their storage space and the shopping mall kiosk, food shows and events, as well as business social clubs were their retail spaces. They found their very own tea blender from Sri Lanka and together with a business partner in Singapore, launched their first tea brand under “Victoria’s Favourites”.
Our First Retail Outlets
When the opportunity arose, they started their first retail outlet in North City Shopping Centre in Aug 2010, followed by another outlet in Lambton Quay in November 2010. Running the retail outlets provided them with great opportunities for enjoyable and rewarding customer interactions, and allowed them to provide customers with outstanding service and retail experiences with a difference.
Our New Vision
In 2011, nearly 2 years after starting their first retail outlet, in between having a baby who grew up in the tea shop and another little bub on the way, Ray and Aymie had a new vision of a new tea brand with a distinctive New Zealand image and a strong local as well as overseas appeal. Hence the birth of the new tea brand “KapiTea”, named after the beautiful coastal region of Kapiti and linked with the idea of a divine “Cup of Tea”.
In April 2012, in conjunction with the launch of the new brand “KapiTea”, Ray and Aymie decided to relocate their retail shop to the beautiful Kapiti Coast. This is the region where Ray used to spend his childhood days in the 1970s at his dad’s seaside bach. The beautiful and tranquil setting now serves as the base for their retail shop.
Ray and Aymie would like to extend a very warm welcome to you to their cosy and exquisite shop at the beautiful Lindale Shopping Village. They would like to invite you to come experience a memorable retail experience!
It is their goal to provide better and healthier options through their premium tea products, and to promote healthy living and general wellbeing for the young and old. It is with this strong guiding principle of providing premium quality products at reasonable prices, delivered with excellence in customer service, that they started their business.
Divine KapiTea is made up of passionate and dedicated people whose mission is to bring to you an outstanding and memorable retail experience. We are an unique Specialty Tea business focusing on providing quality products as well as promoting health and wellness. Learn more about our vision, mission, core values and find out what drives our organisation culture!
To operate a successful retail, online and wholesale business, offering a variety of teas and tea accessories throughout New Zealand.
This will be achieved by providing quality tea products at affordable prices with outstanding customer service & delivery focusing on our customer needs and market trends.
Divine KapiTea believes in providing exceptional customer service and delivery, always maintaining our respect for the individuals, customers, suppliers and employees. We embrace values such as honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, innovative practice and open mindedness. Going the extra mile for our customers will be part of our fabric to ensure that people have a great experience with our company.
Divine KapiTea’s approach is one of constant and never ending improvement in personal development, customer service, product knowledge, understanding our competitors and business processes. We will create a fun and exciting work place based on trust, support for each other and a strong team spirit.
Since everything we do in business is about people, we must improve and develop through people management programs, consistent staff training, and team building programs to enhance our people relationship skills. This will ensure that we will become a people focused company and develop better individuals within our company and community.
Greatly missed by all who knew him... Forever a void in our hearts
22/9/1960 - 17/12/2013
16 May 2012
Ray sharing the health benefits of tea and tips on tea brewing.
Kapi Mana 2009
Ray & Aymie visiting Gayan the Master Tea Blender (and his wife) in Sri Lanka.
One of our booths in the trade shows during our first year of business (2009).
Ray with Prime Minister John Key (2009), with our very first range of teas under the "Victoria's Favourites" brand.