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, one of Britain's elite forces, 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 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 passion, other than plumbing, is his 1960 Series 2 Landrover and when he feels the need for speed heading to Manfield track to have a blast on his track bike.
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 with their two daughters Poppy and Lucy, following their sports and out of school activities, out for a run or on her bike tackling the Taihape hills.
After 50 years in the industry, Bryan is the head of experience at Matt Hobbs Plumbing and Drainlaying Ltd. Born and bred in Taihape, Bryan has witnessed many changes within both the town and the industry over the years. Bryan started his career as an apprentice with Buckman Turner, and later became a partner of Meadows and Hall. There are few properties in Taihape which Bryan hasn't worked on at some point in his career. When it comes to plumbing in Taihape, Bryan has seen and done it all. It is Bryan's experience in the trade combined with Matt's new knowledge, which makes Matt Hobbs Plumbing and Drainlaying an unstoppable team.
A family man at heart, Bryan loves nothing more than spending time with his 8 grandchildren or tinkering in the garden. He's known to enjoy a spot of fishing and also following New Zealand sports. Married to Anne, the couple enjoy escaping to their lake house in Taupo for some well earned R&R.
After working in the building industry, James joined Matt Hobbs Plumbing and Drainlaying in 2017 to embark on an apprenticeship in plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting.
His apprenticeship includes on the job training in addition to block training courses completed at the Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec). Practical and well-informed, James has taken to plumbing like a duck to water.
Originally from South Africa, James moved to New Zealand at the age of 10. Having been home schooled for his early years, James completed his education at Taihape Area School. A lover of the great outdoors, he enjoys hiking and hunting.
A member of the Manawatu Armoured Combat Club his favourite pastime is competing in historical medieval battle events. Wearing protective body armour, James participates in full combat competition designed to resemble medieval combat dueling or melees. During these events combatants use historically accurate reproduction medieval and early modern armour and blunted weapons to engage in competitive fights according to authentic historical tournament rules.
The Apprentice #2
Understanding the importance of investing within our local community, Matt Hobbs Plumbing and Drainlaying took on their second apprentice in 2018. A welcome addition to the Team, Zarn has an infectious personality and sees the silver lining to any problem encountered. Completing on the job training as well as block courses at Weltec, Zarn is smashing through his first year apprentice programme.
The eldest child of 5, Zarn was born in Matamata and moved to the Taihape area aged 9 years old. He completed his schooling at Mangaweka Primary School followed by Taihape Area School. A lover of all outdoor activities, he's trekked many of the local trails, enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and skateboarding. Zarn's number one passion is cars - in particular European turbo's. He's keen to travel to Japan one day, mainly for the cars and the snow.
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 027 427 5862. We look forward to hearing from you!