Welcome to Ringawera
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Nau mai haere mai.
Welcome to the website of Ringawera Waiheke Island
Five years ago I decided it was time for a career change. Working as a chef has it's restrictions on whanau life. I was tired of spending time away from my whanau and spending more time with work colleagues than I really desired.
I have to admit it was my fabulous wife, taku kaingākau, who suggested a new focus for my energies in the form of Lavash. Lavash had always been a part of menus at all the restaurants I had worked in, but I knew there was a gap in the market for a really good quality locally made product.
Of course looking back on the journey that has been the creation of Ringawera Waiheke Island, had I known then what I know now, I would probably have opted for something simple like Brain Surgery or Rocket Science.
It has been a really challenging few years but now I am very proud of what we, Whanau Ringawera have established, and of what we produce every day, quality Artisanal Breads. I have a truly awesome team of whom I am so proud.
Ringawera is a whanau business. Our focus is creating employment for whanau, and encouraging personal development and education for māori. At the heart of what we do is the belief that Te Reo Rangatira is a taonga and a key element in our health.
A loaf of bread may superficially appear to be a very simple thing, but it is for me a metaphor for nurturing and growing our pride in who we are, and from whence we came. It never ceases to amaze me how a small amount of flour and a little water and salt can become such a tasty, fulfilling sustaining thing.
Ringawera is a small business in size but we hope that we are able to connect with and impact on many, even in some small way through what we make every day.
It takes a certain type of person to be able to get up in the wee small hours of the morning to begin the slow and sometimes monotonous work of hand crafting quality bread. Obsessive, persistent, stubborn, and perhaps a little strange, thats us, but we are proud to be those things if we can make a few people smile as they bite into a fresh croissant, or break open their fresh loaf of ciabatta, or dip into their packet of Ringawera Lavash.
“He mahi kai parāoa noa iho”.
We take the time to make the best possible food so you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy it.
“Kua āta haere, muri tata kino”. To start early is leisurely, but to race against time is desperate.
Above all we practice patience. Good food cannot / must not be rushed.
“He whā tawhara ki uta, he kiko tāmure ki tae”.
To those who take time and care come the fruits of the earth. Abundance is ours if we are prepared to put the time and effort into its creation.