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Possum Merino Split Neck Tunic

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Possum Merino Split Neck Tunic
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Relaxed fit tunic with elegant details. Made in New Zealand from a super soft and warm blend of Possum fibre and Merino wool

Perfect for comfortable, yet stylish weekend wear.


  • Generous, roll neck, split at the side
  • Deep side splits
  • Rib pattern over top half, ending at waistline gives the illusion of shape in this straight garment
  • Loose short sleeves for easy layering
  • Made by Koru Knitwear using a premium blend of 50% Merino lambswool, 40% Possum fur and 10% silk

About Possum Merino

Once you’ve tried it nothing else will feel as warm and soft. Possum Merino is a wonderful blend of possum fur and superfine New Zealand Merino wool with a texture similar to cashmere - luxuriously soft, incredibly lightweight, exceptionally warm and easy to wear. It won’t pill, it won’t wrinkle, it’s anti-static and is an innovative and practical market solution to an environmental challenge facing New Zealand.

Due to its hollow nature, the possum fur fibre is incredibly insulating and provides exceptional thermal warmth without weight. Research has shown that it is 55% warmer than Merino and 35% warmer than cashmere.

New Zealand Merino wool is renowned for its skin-friendly softness, all-seasons breathability and easy care durability. It combines beautifully with possum fur to create garments of exceptional warmth and quality that are incredibly good value.


Care Directions

Please follow those on care label attached to the garment. Cool hand wash with a gentle detergent. Cool rinse well. Lay flat to dry in the shade. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Drycleanable.


About the Brushtail Possum

The Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a medium sized marsupial and was introduced into New Zealand in 1837. It is from a completely different family to that of the American Opossum, and has a fur quality similar to Mink. With no natural predators, numbers exploded to approximately 70 million in the 1980s, with possums chewing their way through 21 000 tons of native vegetation each night. As well as competing directly with native birds for food, possums eat birds’ eggs, chicks and insects. Their voracious appetite threatens the survival of many of our native plants, insects and birds, including the iconic flightless kiwi.

Animal health and conservation authorities spend many millions of dollars each year on trapping and controversial poisoning campaigns in attempts to control the pest. In addition, the possum fur industry helps to keep the possum numbers down. Recent figures have shown that due to two decades of control, possum numbers have dropped to approximately 45 million. However, we must remain vigilant as with no natural predators, New Zealand conditions are so favourable for possums, they are often able to breed twice a year and could easily and rapidly increase in numbers once again.

New Zealand Nature believes in a market solution to the possum problem. Efforts to reduce the millions of possums in New Zealand’s forests have been boosted by companies that blend possum fur with merino wool to make luxurious garments.