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MBA Committee

The MBA committee for 2017-2018 are:

Pete Couchman.

Frank Cornelissen.  Frank along with his wife Lisa owns Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park. They took over the old camp site in 2005 and developed it into a commercial holiday park. Locally they enjoy the food, wine and rural sophistication, while still having the ability to take city breaks. Born in the mighty Waikato on a dairy farm, Frank trained as a builder and draftsman before returning to ‘school’ and having a brief academic career at the School of Commerce at Auckland University. A corporate stint with Unilever in London/Brussels/Paris added another 7 years to his life and was where he met Lisa.

Conor Kershaw.  Conor is a fourth generation Martinborough local and is the current caretaker of Pain and Kershaw Ltd. He loves the ever changing face of retail and the challenges it brings. When he is not running P&K he is spending time with his wife Philippa and their young daughters. Growing up in Martinborough Conor has seen many changes to the town over the years and is excited about where Martinborough is positioned for the future.

Hayden Frew.  Eight years ago Hayden and his wife Janalle moved to Martinborough. Hayden has turned a hobby of brewing beer into the Martinborough Brewery (MB). The brewery is currently small production and run out of purpose-built premises right in the middle of town. MB released its first commercial beer to market at the inaugural Martinborough Brewery and now have a regular range of several beers as well as seasonal specialties on tap and in bottle.

Baptist Sieber. Baptist and his wife Carolyn Irwin are relative newcomers to New Zealand and Martinborough but have not wasted any time in stamping their uniquely European mark on the town. As owners and winemakers of Colombo Winegrowers, Baptist is known for delicious wines and outstanding hospitality at their Todds Road vineyard.

Josie Bidwill. A fifth-generation South Wairarapa local, Josie owns and operates Thunderpants with her sister Sophie. Now in its 22nd year, Thunderpants proudly supplies comfy, fun underwear to appreciative bottoms worldwide. Josie loves the diversity of the people and lifestyle that Martinborough offers, and is especially happy to be manufacturing Thunderpants right here in the South Wairarapa. “I especially enjoy being involved in a traditionally urban industry while living in the country. Our suppliers look for reasons to visit us and Wellington is a breeze to get to when we need a city hit” says Josie.

Dudley-Anne Hill. Dudley-Anne moved to Martinborough ten years ago with her husband Murray to raise a family on a quarter acre section, in a quiet cul-de-sac, with fruit trees, a flock of chooks and a nourishing veggie garden. Eight years later with three kids at school, Dudley-Anne opened In the Neighbourhood Coffee House & Roastery, the first coffee roasting company in the Wairarapa. Almost two years on Neighbourhood Coffee now roasts coffee beans for ten Wairarapa establishments and several retail outlets. Dudley-Anne and her family enjoy being part of a flourishing community and are excited to be part of the growth and development of Martinborough.

Stuart Edwards. Green Jersey Cycles

Mike Anders. The Glass Guy

Auriga Martin. Founder of Ventana Creative Collective, Auriga had a dream of providing the community with a creative hub where people can come together, be inspired by art and each other and learn and develop new skills. Coming from a 15-year career in software and IT, Auriga is happy to be returning to her creative roots and using her degree in fine arts from UCLA in the United States. Auriga’s new focus combines the art and IT worlds in a supportive place where she hopes people will form connections, be motivated and empowered and, above all else, have fun.

Tanya Cowen. Martinborough Wine Merchants

Amy Mason (Secretary).