Born in the UK near the Tyne River, Dave started his kayaking career young with fond memories of Boxing Day kayak trips where the aim was to break the ice first... now the appeal of the NZ summer has him hooked on kayaking.  Dave completed a Bach. Outdoor Leadership (Hons) in the Lake District before travelling the world rock climbing, skiing and kayaking while working as an Outdoor Instructor.  With over 9 years of instructing under his belt, Dave has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help any budding outdoor enthusiast in the store or on the water. 

Laura and Nui(copy)

Born and raised in Southern Hawkes Bay, Laura has always loved the outdoors and everything that NZ has to offer.  After studying Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Education at CPIT in Christchurch, Laura left NZ and returned 7 years later with a passport full of stamps and many adventures under her belt.  Inbetween periods of work abroad Laura paddled in Uganda and Nepal, climbed in Morroco and Croatia and skied in South America, Europe and Canada. Laura is prodominately a white water kayaker and can be found playing on the Waikato or Kaituna most weekends.



Mike was born in South Africa and has spent his life kayaking and travelling around Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland, America and NZ.  Highlights include working and kayaking on the Zambezi River for 2 years and Kayaking missions throughout South Africa and Lesotho.  Mike has a natural abilty to build rapport with anyone he meets, combine this with his loves for kayaking and desire to turn every human being into a kayaker... and you get one amazing coach! You'll find Mike on the water most days but is a great person to talk to in the shop about all aspects of kayaking.



Nui is the Canoe & Kayak Shop dog and is the most popular member of staff!
A very gentle Golden Retriever who only wants to sleep or be patted.  
Unfortunately he is not a very good kayaking dog - preferring to be in the water at all times rather than on the boat!  An integral part of the team that captures the hearts of most customers as soon as they walk in the door.


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