Local Folk

Local Folk - Dave Parker

For more than 50 years, Dave Parker has been at the forefront of nearly every major community initiative that has gone to make Warkworth a better place to live. He spoke to James Addis … I had a bizarre upbringing to be honest. I had three mothers...... Read More

Local folk: Stuart Dwight

When Stuart Dwight says he is “ a man of many hats” it is not only because he owns more than 200 hats. He is actually referring to the wide variety of work he takes on – from organising major sporting and other events and live production...... Read More

Local Folk - Tom Zhang

Tom Zhang is well known on Facebook in Warkworth, Leigh and Matakana for his photos that bring out the magic of the natural landscape. Mahurangi Matters photographer Jonathan Killick got tired of being approached in the street and being asked if his...... Read More

Local Folk - Mady Jessup

Depending on your perspective, Mady Jessup is known for entertaining or terrorising residents of Mangawhai with his daily jokes on the town’s Facebook pages. Jonathan Killick spoke with Mady to find out where his black sense of humour came from...... Read More

Local Folk - Lyn Wade

This month, Massey University Press publishes Hauturu, edited by Mahurangi Matters columnist Lyn Wade, and Dick Veitch. The book is an update on Lyn’s father’s seminal work on Little Barrier Island written in 1961. Lyn spoke to James Addis...... Read More

Local folk: Matt Gumbrell

Vet Matt Gumbrell is well known in the community – whether people see him driving around in his little green Austin, volunteering his skills at community events or at work in his Orewa Beach clinic. His curiosity draws him to new experiences, interesting...... Read More

Local Folk - Sally Knight

Sally Knight will direct Warkworth Theatre Group’s production, Death and Taxe$, at the Warkworth Town Hall next month. She spoke to James Addis about her passion for live performance … I was born in the UK and came to New Zealand when...... Read More

Local folk: Colin Chester

Colin Chester has a lot to be proud of – a strong family, playing hockey for New Zealand, a career as a musician, giving back to the community. The 67-year-old has run the Silverdale branch of the family business, Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom...... Read More

Local Folk - Jonathan Leaver

Unitec associate professor Dr Jonathan Leaver, who lives in Omaha, once studied petroleum engineering at Stanford University, but today says burning fossil fuels must stop if we are to save our planet. He spoke to James Addis about how his environmental...... Read More

Local Folk - Glen Inger

Being turned down at his first job interview might just have been the best thing that ever happened to Glen Inger, co-founder of The Warehouse. Instead of spending life as a fitter and turner, he went on become one of the country’s most successful...... Read More