I just want to share a little bit about myself.......my name is Sue Waddell.
I'm the administration manager at 35 Degrees and Alongside in Paihia. I've been here for about 15 months and I really enjoy working here. My favourite part about my job would be counting the cash in the morning. I find counting money very therapeutic - it slows my mind down and is a great way to start my work day - I know that sounds odd - but each to their own, right?
I have a daughter Abi. I spend a lot of time with her and her family. We cater for the Kerikeri senior rugby club together and have been for the past 3 years. I enjoy helping her with this. Abi has 3 Sons, my grandsons Awatea 11, Wiremu 6 and Manu 3. I love spending time with the boys. We enjoy playing cricket, going to the skate park and throwing the ball around at the rugby fields. They have a lot of energy and keep me on my toes. My eldest grandson Awa is awesome at rugby and I enjoy supporting him by watching his games on the weekends.
Other ways I fill my time outside of work include my role as a gymnastics coach based in Opua. I have been in this role for roughly 20 years. I really enjoy this role because I love the confidence that grows with each individual child as they learn new techniques and overcome their fears and insecurities. It's a very rewarding role and I am honoured to be in this position.
When I do manage to find some down time in my life I really enjoy sleeping! When I am not sleeping, I also delve into crosswords and/or reading romance novels. Yes - I am a romance novel fan! In the office at work, the girls constantly pick my brain for synonyms so I've got to keep my mind active to stay ahead of them!
I've been a round a few years and I'm well-known because of my various roles I have held over the years in our region. I love Paihia and I love my work too!
My name is Kate and I am originally from Staffordshire in England. I've been here in Paihia for about two and a half years now.
My role here at 35 Degrees South and Alongside is sales manager. That's running shifts, doing some ordering, working the bar, running the floor. I love working here.
What brought me all the way to New Zealand from England is a bit of a funny story actually. It was completely by accident. I didn't intend to come here. I was travelling around Australia, but I thought I might as well do New Zealand while I'm this far over the other side of the world. My plan was to come here for three months and then work for two months, save a bit of money, do a month's traveling and then go home.
Well - it didn't quite work out that way at all. Instead, I flew into New Zealand and came all the way up here to Paihia and I fell in love with the place straight away. That was two and a half years ago.
What I love the most about being here in Paihia is the people and the views. I'm originally from the midlands of England, and the closest beach is two and a half hours away, so to have the beach on my doorstep here in Paihia is such a luxury! I count myself lucky to be here. The summer's here are amazing. I'm quite the sun worshipper - so I lap up as much of the summer weather as I possibly can.
In my downtime I can be found at the beach, at home or socialising down Kings Road in Paihia. As I had mentioned before I love the people here in this community and I have formed some lifelong friendships with a range of awesome people.
Being a Mum, I'd have to say any meal that I haven't cooked would have to be my favourite meal. When you're a Mum, it feels like you're the catering department a lot of the time. If I'm cooking I'd have to say a good family roast would be my absolute favourite. There's nothing better than watching your kids sit down and eat a whole heap of veggies and meat and all of that good stuff.
In our house it's a really quick process of getting the roast meal together; roasted carrots are considered a treat. The kids seem to fight over those too. Roasting is a real tradition in our home. When it comes to Christmas lunch, we still have a full on roast turkey and all the trimmings. It can be blistering heat outside (being a Kiwi summer and all), but I will still be in the kitchen cooking a roast. I really like to keep some of those English traditions alive for my family. My husband thinks I'm bit mad, but he really enjoys it as well. Things like that are really important. I know it sounds a bit cliched, but just sitting down as a family together over a lovingly made roast meal is really important for us.
The pressures of dating!
One half of our personal administration team, Sophie Adams, talks about the pressures of dating and trying to impress her trained chef date with her home cooked meals.
My husband Johnny is actually a trained chef, as well as being a boat skipper, so when we first started dating, I felt really pressured when I was cooking meals, thinking this guy is going to have a really refined palate and I was always really nervous at the idea of cooking a meal for him. I had this structure in place that when he used to come over for dinner at my place, I'd start cooking and then I'd find some kind of an excuse, going out for some wine or I'd ask him to finish up the meal while I was busy with "other" things. In my mind, if he contributed to the cooking, then it was like a shared kind of meal, so he wouldn't complain too much if it went pear-shaped. That seemed to be working out okay for me and his plate was always clean when dinner was finished so I wondered if he was just being polite or genuinely enjoyed his meal? I was never sure, but I seemed to be getting away with my little plan.
One day we got home back from the beach and Johnny said, "Oh, I'm really hungry. I'm just going to go make something to eat," and then I find him in the kitchen and he's got this horrible processed white bread and those cheese single slices and he's putting it in the microwave for like a minute! I think to myself "Gosh, this guy is actually eating that?" From that moment on, I was like, "Well, crikey - if he's going to eat that, then I've got no pressure for the meals I create for him anymore!" Seriously, I was worried that Gordon Ramsay was coming over to my house for dinner - that's how intense the pressure was for me! After that, meals were a lot less stressful and needless to say, there is no processed white bread or cheese singles in my home. Maybe he has a secret stash somewhere on the boat, I don't know, but we don't have that at home. Yeah, no worries, with me cooking anymore at home for my husband and kids anymore!