Gayle grew up in a small country area in Marton on a farm with three brothers. Then spent 6 years at a boarding school in Nelson from the tender age of 10. During her school holidays Gayle worked in a shearing gang as a rousie. Gayle always wanted to be a farmer but had to relent when not encouraged by her father and became a Registered General Obstetrics Nurse instead training in New Plymouth.Once qualified Gayle worked firstly in Palmerston North and then as a district nurse in Whanganui and met and married Mike who was farming.
They purchased our first farm in Te Kuiti where our four daughters were born. A busy challenging time with four under five raising two hundred calves each season. At this time Gayle helped instigate, fundraise and developed the first not for profit Childcare Centre in Te Kuiti which with great community support has expanded and is a real asset for the town providing employment and supporting many farming families.
Expanding to a larger farm in Piopio led to branding and marketing their own meat and developing a relationship with numerous hotels & restaurants in Auckland to whom they have been supplying for over 25 years.
Mike & Gayle have since sold the farm to focus and support and grow the various businesses in the family and are working towards retirement. The four girls are now all married and raising their own families, developing and expanding their own businesses and have provided six beautiful grandchildren, number seven due January 2017.
Together Mike & Gayle have taken on a variety of challenges in businesses which their girls and husbands have supported and participated in. They have always raised their girls to work hard and earn their own income, starting as early as when they could hold a broom and sweep the shearing board. Gayle is proud they have a healthy hard working attitude ‘a job worth doing is worth doing well.’
Can’t was a word in our household that wasn’t tolerated . It was all about Can, constant and never ending improvement. You can do anything if you really want it!
Gayle has been coming to Paihia ever since she was a child with her family for an annual holiday in her parent’s timeshare and continued with her own children and then grandchildren. Everyone loved the time spent in the Bay of Islands. It’s no surprise that Gayle and family have been drawn north!
Many a time Gayle dined at 35o South never imagining that one day she would be involved with the development of a new business Alongside and 35o South Restaurant Aquarium and Bar.
What was the biggest challenge?
Negotiating, interpreting, and understanding local regulations, local and regional government and community expectation.
And the Greatest Highlight?
The highlight would be the involvement and support of our young staff. Some having never had the opportunity to being employed before. Watching them develop and grow in self-belief, discipline and leave with the skills that enable them to be employed anywhere in the world.