[As published in Jan/Feb BayBuzz magazine.]

Everybody has their Hawke’s Bay favourites. We asked some folks you might know for theirs. Send yours along to [email protected] and we’ll publish online!

Tom Mackintosh
Tom Mackintosh

TOM MACKINTOSH

What other HB person would you like to be? That’s easy, Jock Mackintosh!

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? Sushi Plus on Joll Road. I’ve been going there since high school. Love the free spring rolls.

What HB company would you like to own? I really like Rockit Apples. I love the growing aspect and think they have a great business model. It’s inspiring seeing HB companies competing worldwide!

What HB product do you most admire? Furnware products. Again, it’s awesome to see a HB company become a global success story. 

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? The Hawke’s Bay Foundation.

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Surely Tom Mackintosh and Emma Twigg’s sporting success at the world rowing champs!

louise stobhart
Louise Stobart

LOUISE STOBART 

What other HB person-ality would you like to be? Sola Dog Stobart – she is living the Vanuatu rescue island-dog dream! 

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? Thai Green Curry – made at home with ingredients from New World. 

What HB company would you like to own? Birdwoods … Hang on … We do! 

What HB product do you most admire? The wide range of fig products from The Figgery – they work so hard at it and do it so well! 

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? The Hawke’s Bay Foundation. 

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Putting on the best weather for the Robbie Williams Concert – that weekend was stellar! 

Sam Howard
Sam Howard

SAM HOWARD 

What other HB person would you like to be? It’s a difficult year to answer this question. I’m grateful and happy to be walking in my own shoes. 

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? We love going to see Alam at Namaskar in Havelock North. He loves his cricket and serves beautiful Indian cuisine. 

What HB company would you like to own? Parkhill Studios. Derek and Tony are trying to bring a whole new film industry to Hawke’s Bay with their planned Parkhill Studio development in Te Awanga. 

What HB product do you most admire? Hawke’s Bay grown food. Our growers remain agile, innovative, committed, resilient and so important to the well being of our region. 

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? Got to be the Hawke’s Bay Foundation. An ultra long-term project but so positive for our region. 

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Those quiet heroes in helicopters and boats who saved lives in the hours after the cyclone passed through. And all the other heroes who showed up since. 

Mayor Alex Walker
Mayor Alex Walker

ALEX WALKER

What other HB person would you like to be? Sir Ian Taylor has really stamped his mark as a business leader, innovator and Kiwi icon. I love how he has earned and owns a strong philosophical view in NZ. 

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? Indian! Saffron in Waipukurau.

What HB company would you like to own? First Light Foods. I love their high-end paddock-to-plate success internationally with wagyu beef.

What HB product do you most admire? Kanapu Hemp – seeds, oil and now milk – with such a cool story of culture, partnership and whenua from Otane and Waimārama.

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? Has to be the HB Rescue Helicopter! These guys save lives on a weekly basis across rural Central Hawke’s Bay and we couldn’t survive without them. 

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Undoubtedly teamwork. No matter the location, the culture, the business, or the identity, Hawke’s Bay has come together more strongly than we have ever seen before.

Ngahiwi Tomoana
Ngahiwi Tomoana

NGAHIWI TOMOANA

What other HB person would you like to be? My 2 year old mokopuna Kaitiaki… Fearless. 

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? Sashimi fish … Japanese … don’t have to cook it

What HB company would you like to own? Unison … It’s a monopoly.

What HB product do you most admire? Arataki Honey … All round the world.

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? WIT… Whatever It Takes.

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Fixing the Shield without anyone getting sued. 

Katie Nimon
MP Katie Nimon

KATIE NIMON

What other HB person would you like to be? My great grandfather Trevor Geddis, to see what life was like in Napier before, during, and after the earthquake.

What’s your favorite ethnic food and where do you get it? Paneer Tika Masala, from Rasoi or Sangam, but I love Mexican too!

What HB company would you like to own? Little Island Creamery. I’d love to work in product development, and I’d love to work with James Crow!

What HB product do you most admire? Anything from Hohepa, but especially the cheese. All their products are sustainably made by the people they support, giving them purpose and telling us a story.

What is your favourite HB charity/NGO? It’s very hard to choose but I love what Nourished for Nil are doing, especially with their new Social Supermarket in Onekawa.

What was HB’s best achievement in 2023? Responding to a cyclone as a community and being stronger for it!

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