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Brie Edwards-Adams

Richard Worker

Eric Blake

Kim Lyons

Ramona Stratful (Vanderlee)

Petra Hewitt

Barbara Everiss

Nik Sams

Paul Murphy

Jonathan Rigg

Nigel Rigg

Clinton Sanford

Hellen Wilkins





Brie Edwards-Adams, Orewa Beachcomber (CHAIR)


BrieMoving to Orewa in 2014, having lived abroad for four years, I fell in love with the quintessential kiwi town. Friendly people, family run businesses & beautiful scenery on our back doorstep. Managing the Orewa Beachcomber, I have seen first-hand the growth of both national and international tourism and the potential that it brings to the economy of Orewa. 

My vision is to bring a sense of community where we support, challenge and inspire one another to continue creating a fresh and vibrant destination where visitors want to stay and locals are proud to call their home. 

Brie has been on the Destination Orewa Beach Board since 2015.





Richard Worker, North Harbour Law (DEPUTY CHAIR)



Richard specialises in business and property transactions, subdivisions, construction law, asset protection, trusts and commercial law. He was educated at Winchester College, England, Auckland Grammar School and Otago University.

Richard has been in legal practice for 25+ years and was a partner of a law firm in Palmerston North for 20 years until he moved to Orewa in 2003 and joined Laird Worker.


His interests include theatre, golf, cricket and skeet shooting.

Richard has been on the Destination Orewa Board since 2012.




Eric Blake, The Nautilus Apartments


EricEric and his wife Freda are Building Managers at The Nautilus (building, rentals and the Ramada hotel operation) and have resided there for eight years now and they love the Orewa vibe and healthy living atmosphere!

Eric hopes that his past experiences in various sectors such as finance, security and CCTV, will assist with the progress of the area and it's quickly developing commercial life and is looking forward to working alongside local business folk and assisting you all wherever he can.

This is Eric’s first year on the Destination Orewa Beach Board.





Kim Lyons, First Rate Mortgages


KimKim and his wife operate a Mortgage Broking business in Orewa, supported by a team of 5. Many of his clients are building in the new Millwater and Orewa subdivisions.

Having moved to Orewa from the North Shore

4 ½ years ago he is really excited about the growth in the area and the changing demographics.

Being keen on boating, fishing, paddle boarding and biking, he thinks Orewa is just the best place to live. Easy access to the motorway also allows him to continue working with all his Auckland clients.

This is Kim’s first year on the Destination Orewa Beach Board.





Ramona Stratful (Vanderlee), Charlie Coco's


RamonaRamona is the ‘new kid on the block’ having moved to Orewa just two years ago; a decision that Ramona and her husband, Judd, feel was one of the best decision they’ve made yet.

Seeing the changes on the coast, and the opportunities ahead, it was the perfect time to open a funky, healthy café/take-away in Orewa to cater to (and further attract) the younger families moving to the area.

Ramona has a background in tourism, marketing and hospitality.  She is excited to be involved in helping to shape Orewa. “We have to think about the bigger picture to ensure Orewa Township becomes the most family friendly, social, ‘happening’ beachside town possible”.

This is Ramona’s first year on the Destination Orewa Beach Board. 





Petra Hewitt, Orewa Optics



Petra moved with her family from Austria to Orewa at the beginning of 1987. Her father was a Dispensing Optician who opened Orewa Optics in Bakehouse Lane in 1987 – where it is still located today. Petra purchased the Optician from her father 8 years ago and the business now employs five full-time staff and three part-timers.

Petra says that living and working on the Hibiscus Coast is a rewarding lifestyle choice that local residents cherish across the generations.


Petra’s hope for Orewa’s future is that the community will build on the successes of the local attractions and build resort styled holiday accommodation for people who want to get away from the big city and relax.

Petra joined the Destination Orewa Beach Board in 2013.





Barbara Everiss, Flowers by Joanne


BarbaraA long time St John Volunteer and professionally trained Florist, Barbara has been in business in Orewa for 16 years and has lived in the town her whole life.

Flowers by Joanne moved to 5 Riverside Road, Orewa in mid 2013 – to a property which has been in the Christie Family since 1948.

Barbara’s Father was the first Electrician in Orewa and used the shop as the Appliance showroom and contracting division.  As an ode to her late Father, many original fixtures and fittings remain in the very appealing and boutique styled shop.

Barbara’s passion for Orewa is to see this wonderful seaside town thrive, while still keeping it’s “small town” Charm.

Barbara joined the Destination Orewa Beach Board in 2013.





Nik Sams, The SUP Shed


NikNik is the Owner / Operator of SUPSHED local Paddle Board Specialist store located at 196 Centreway Road, Orewa

We have been in business now in the Orewa area for just over 3 years.

I sit on the Orewa DOB as a committee member and hope to bring to the table a younger dynamic of thinking outside the box along with learning from those more experienced members who have been around Orewa a lot longer. I think a view both ends of the scale is important and offers us the diversity when decision making.

I would also like to see Orewa grow even livelier with less empty shops, and a place people come and experience something they enjoy that makes them want to return.

Nik joined the Destination Orewa Beach Board in 2015. 




Paul Murphy, Shafer Design


PaulPaul has lived in the Hibiscus Coast area since 1995, firstly in Stillwater and currently Millwater. He loves living and working locally – his family like to think of themselves as locals and Orewa has been their local for that time.  Paul has always had an interest in what goes on in the town centre and may even have an archive file of proposals which have been outlined in that time. 

Being a Landscape Architect April 2015, Paul has a particular interest in the exterior spaces of the town centre.  He would like to look at how to strengthen or improve some of the spaces within the town centre. “We have great businesses but if the exterior spaces aren’t complimentary we are missing an opportunity and Orewa has bags of opportunity. Orewa is changing and I look forward to being part of the change”.


This is Paul’s first year on the Destination Orewa Beach Board.




Jonathan Rigg, Rigg Properties


Jonathan was a key player in the creation of the first Orewa Beach Business Association in 1997, and the subsequent transition into being a BID town Centre in 2011.

With a long family history in the area Jonathan brings to the Board extensive historical knowledge of the town centre, and an in depth understanding of development and futurization needs of town centres.  Jonathan is a prominent and visionary landlord of various Orewa commercial properties.

Jonathan has a passion for Orewa and the vibrant coastal town it is and is passionate to see the town grow to meet the demands of the increasingly diverse population.  This will be achieved by ensuring their premises are developed to their maximum ability.

Jonathan has been on the Destination Orewa Beach Board since its inception in 1997.




Nigel Rigg, Rigg Properties


As well as the long family history of the area Nigel, formally a Pharmaceutical Sales Manager, has a passion for Orewa and the Coast overall.

His marketing experience, especially in regards to his  knowledge of Orewa properties, development and developers, makes Nigel the first point of contact when the business association are researching any who, why and whats of Orewa.

Being a commercial property owner with a vision of what Orewa ‘can be’ Nigels passion for development and futurization of the town is very evident. Working with Jonathan, there are significant plans in place for their numerous Orewa commercial premises, which will certainly add to the aesthetic and desirability of Orewa for quality business owners.

Nigel has been on the Destination Orewa Beach Board since 2013.




Clinton Sanford, baldry + sanford (Treasurer)


ClintonAs a Partner at baldry + sanford based in Hillary Square, Clinton enjoys helping clients achieve their desired business and personal goals.  Outside of work Clinton enjoys cycling with a group of guys who can keep him challenged and motivated.

He and wife of over 30 years, Kerryn, have 4 grown children and 1 beautiful grandchild. They enjoy family time at the beach which is usually followed by a very competitive game of cards.

Clinton has been Treasurer on the Destination Orewa Beach Board for 2 years.




Hellen Wilkins, Business Association Manager & Board Secretary


HellenLiving locally Hellen gets to see Orewa from two perspectives – that of a consumer and that of the business association Manager so she gets the best of both worlds.  Since being in her role she have seen Orewa’s vibrancy and visitor numbers grow, and although there is a long way to go – the progress and increased positive perception is great to see.

Hellen looks forward to the year head and the new changes (and challenges) this will bring.

Hellen has been on the Destination Orewa Beach Board for 4 years.




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