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Jack Poutsma and Di Maxwell were both bought up in the area, Jack in Kaikohe, and Di in Ohaeawai – both went to Northland College and are proud of the school as it was then.

We are looking forward to putting some effort into our town and do our bit to help make it the town it used to be.

Right now (October 2016) we are in the process of gathering all our information so that we can apply for consent to renovate and turn this beautiful old building into something we will all love.
We need to do a considerable amount of work on earthquake strengthening, on fire protection, and of course general renovation to bring it up to a high standard.  This is going to take some time so we don’t envisage being open until at least April/May 2017, it could be later.

We are looking forward to providing employment for local people; we will need a staff of around 17.  And we are looking forward to using as much local produce as we possibly can in The Mint, our Cafe/Restaurant.  I am sure you are going to love this space, it has some very quirky areas befitting of a bank, that we plan to retain.

We will also have accommodation; a small 12 bed backpacker area and five boutique ensuite hotel rooms of very high standard upstairs.  So when we have visitors to stay, we want to show them how great Kaikohe and the surrounds are.  If you provide tourism experiences in the local area, we would like to talk to you.

You can call Di on 0274 973 757 to chat.  Or you might catch us there working from time to time.