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Bayleys in the North is a full service real estate agency covering residential sales, commercial and industrial sales and leasing, along with business, country, lifestyle, and waterfront sales. Leading the team is Mark Macky a director of Bayleys in the North.
At both an office and individual level, we love giving back to the local community. Behind our proven track record of sales is an unwavering commitment to support local schools, sports clubs and charity groups whenever possible.
The Bayleys in the North business has 12 offices, covering Silverdale to the Far North. This extensive reach and support is a true point of difference within the industry, and gives you certainty that your asset is in the right hands.
The Wharehine Group is a privately owned civil contracting and primary resources company established in the North Auckland region since 1955. In 2009 it became wholly owned by four New Zealanders Rob Gibson, Steve Dodd, Phillip Schmidt and Ant Frith with the company operating seven integrated divisions:
Wharehine has been in the construction industry since 1955 and has built a reputation, on principles of honesty, hard work, reliability and fairness. They have contributed to many iconic projects throughout the Auckland/ Northland region for multiple clients including the New Zealand Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Auckland, Rodney, Kaipara, Whangarei, Waitakere, and North Shore District Councils, Ministry of Education, Kiwi Rail and many other large and small private sector companies.
Brick Bay is our passion; since 1986 our blood, sweat and tears have flowed into the soil of this land, our laughter and stories resonate in the salty sea breezes. This land nurtures us and inspires us. Our vision for the future: environmental stewardship, imagining beauty, achieving intergenerational growth.
Vineyard plantings began in 1995, with our first vintage celebrated in 1998. Our daughter Anna, armed with expertise in viticulture and a vintage in Burgundy under her belt, was keen to become involved. Given her fine arts background in sculpture, the next stage of the Brick Bay story was inevitable.
Our great interest in outdoor sculpture, gave rise to a germ of an idea which would involve giving sculptors the opportunity to display (for sale) large-scale works in an idyllic rural setting. From 2004 we started developing a trail which meandered past lakes, swamp, vineyards, open pasture and native forest offering magical sites for the placement of sculpture. We envisaged combining this activity with the development of a wine tasting room so the real experience of ‘terroir’ could be offered to our visitors. Thus the Sculpture Trail and Glass House were conceived.
Situated just an hour’s drive from Auckland or Whangarei, Plume, the vineyard restaurant, Matakana is a must visit destination on any Matakana wine or food journey – we are all about fabulous local New Zealand wine and produce which together can celebrate “culinary diversity.” Plume is a small town, rural, rustic restaurant with friendly service from locally employed staff. It is a great change from the starchy fine dining service of a big city like Auckland yet is in a class of its own.
We are as passionate about sustainability as we are about our food and wine! At Plume we employ a number of sustainable strategies including:
An energy efficient north facing New Zealand villa type building design with a low carbon footprint.
A building that incorporates the use of as many recycled materials as possible.
A solar energy system to power the kitchen’s hot water.
Composting and recycling all our waste.
The utilisation of ‘rain gardens’ to aid in the uptake of stormwater run off and water conservation.
The use of wetlands and specific plantings to absorb water waste.
The biodiversity of the restaurant’s heritage gardens.
Plume believes firmly in the ‘3 R’s’: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and we actually walk the talk! We view sustainability as being environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable!