THE TEAM THAT MAKES IT HAPPEN
The man behind the name, owner and founder of Matt Hobbs Plumbing & Drainlaying Ltd. Matt entered the plumbing industry after serving 10 years as a British Army Officer. A Captain of the UK Parachute Regiment, Matt has served in military operations around the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Macedonia.
Matt and his family moved to NZ from the UK in 2007 initially working within the NZ Army. In 2009 he decided to have a change in career and ventured into the world of plumbing. Matt aced his plumbing apprenticeship, winning the RJ Bell Cup for the top achieving apprentice in the Region. He then went on to win the top apprentice in NZ, winning the Merit Award of Excellence in Plumbing presented by the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board after achieving the highest mark in New Zealand that year in the certifying examination (the highest qualification available in plumbing). It was a natural progression for Matt to venture out and establish his own plumbing business.
Matt's passions other than plumbing, are his 1960 Series 2 Landrover, mountain biking, and the best days are those on the boat.
Co-owner Jo is the admin expert ready to take your call and ensure everything runs smoothly with your project, from initial contact to final invoice. Originally from the UK, Jo completed a business honors degree at Nottingham Trent University before joining the British Army. Serving as an Administration Officer Jo performed many roles including Gun Safety Officer of a Multiple Rocket Launcher Regiment, Platoon Commander of an Army Training Regiment, and Regimental Administration Officer of the British Parachute Regiment, to name just a few.
After successful military careers both Matt and Jo decided to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, motorcycling around the World on 2 beaten up old Suzuki DR650s. Travelling from the UK into Eastern Europe, through Central Asia into Pakistan, India and Nepal, then onto South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, then onto the USA and Central America, before returning home 6 months pregnant with their first child. The journey took the couple through 32 countries and a total of 21000km over 2 years. The memories and stories will last a lifetime.
Outside of work you'll find Jo lakeside supporting their two daughters Poppy and Lucy at a rowing regatta, or walking Oscar the cocker spaniel (also known as the favourite child).
We really appreciate you taking the time to get to know us. To talk further about how we can work together, get in touch on 021 0263 4206. We look forward to hearing from you!