Family, lifestyle and business – life in the sunny far north strikes the perfect balance for Steve Greer and Rebecca Paraha of David Reid Homes Whangarei.
The pair met when Rebecca joined the David Reid Homes team in 2009, and six years later they’re engaged and loving life in Whangarei.
“It’s the most awesome lifestyle here,” says Rebecca, DRH Whangarei building manager.
“I’ve grown up here and my entire family is here, Steve’s family is here too, so between family, lifestyle and business it’s the place to be for us.”
A keen outdoorsman, DRH Whangarei director Steve, grew up on a farm in Kai Iwi Lakes and says their proximity to the sea offers fantastic fun for the family.
“We’ve got 50 or so beaches within 30 minutes of us, some of the best in the world, meaning we can head out for a fish or a dive after work.”
Steve who studied pre-trade carpentry at the polytech in Whangarei followed by a two year apprenticeship with a local builder, has lived and worked in several places including Queenstown and the Gold Coast.
He bought DRH Whangarei in 2008, after returning home to spend more time with his family on the farm.
They’ve completed dozens of commercial and residential builds in the past few years and won a string of awards in the Registered Master Builder House of the Year Awards.
Currently they’re halfway through building a modern Wharekai (eating house) next door to the Whakapara Marae about 20 minutes north of Whangarei.
Steve says apart from the six huge portals (which make up the main structure of the building) which were built in Wellington, trucked to Whangarei and erected by crane, the build is not overly complicated.
The marae belongs to Rebecca’s brother-in-law’s family, and the six portals (exposed timber beams) represent the ribcage within the wharekai.
“The wharekai is not built in the traditional Maori style – it’s modern with fibre ready data cabling and big screens for all their multi media requirements.”
Te Tawaka Wharekai is to be officially opened in May, and whanau from around the world are travelling to Whangarei for the occasion.
It’s a big honour for David Reid Homes Whangarei to be involved in the project, and they’re looking forward to gauging everyone’s first impressions, Steve says.
Need your whare, wharekai or Marae built? Steve at David Reid Homes Whangarei is your man – pop in and see Rebecca or Steve, or give them a call.