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Matt Hobbs

The Boss

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 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.  



Jo Hobbs

Office Manager

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. 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, or out for a run or on her bike tackling the Taihape hills.

Bryan Hall

Certified Tradesman

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 time with his 7 grandchildren or tinkering in the garden.  Married to Anne, the couple enjoy escaping to their lake house in Taupo and following New Zealand sports.


Ange Conlon


After many years working as a qualified joiner, followed by working for a local builders merchant, Ange decided to have a change of career and joined the team in 2016.

Mother of 5 grown up children, Ange is a local girl who plays a large part in Taihape Community life. A member of the Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade, Ange is in her element helping others and doing good deeds. 

When not at work or on a fire call out, Ange enjoys the great outdoors, hiking in our beautiful local area and fishing for trout or surf casting. She enjoys maintaining a good level of fitness through running and circuit training. Her true passion however is her chainsaw, never happier than after a good day cutting firewood. Ange just needs to learn how to fill her own wood sheds rather than everyone else's.  


James Morrison

The Apprentice

The newest member on the team, James joined Matt Hobbs Plumbing and Drainlaying in 2017 to embark on an apprenticeship in plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting. 

Originally from South Africa, James moved to New Zealand at the age of 10.  A lover of the great outdoors, James is a volunteer of the local Land Search and Rescue Team.  He enjoys hiking and hunting and is an amateur gunsmith.   


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