The ColorCote Tradie Profile: Beth & Aaron

I met Beth on a still Friday afternoon at her home in Whangaparaoa, and she wasted no time walking me down to their poolside seats. Her husband Aaron was joining us soon, but there was still plenty to talk about while we waited. As one of the few female plumbers in...

Foundations to Photography

My earliest memories of filmmaking were running around with my grandad’s camcorder during a family holiday in Wanaka. We used to record ourselves skateboarding then huddle around the wee flip outside screen to watch the action. I was hooked. Despite this early passion however, I never dreamed that making films...

How to Win The Great Tradie Fish Off

Tis the season of fishing competitions, and now you tradies have your very own one to get excited about. The inaugural Great Tradie Fish Off will be held in March – it’s a measure-based online comp with three leaderboards: individual, company and trade. The eligible species are kahawai, snapper, and kingfish,...

Hammering on Heaven’s Door

This is admittedly an unhealthy mindset but a reality for many tradesmen with young families to support. Now throw this in the mix: a morning commute which involves watching the sun rise over the water, revealing that yet again it’s another perfectly glass day out on the Hauraki Gulf. You...

The ColorCote Tradie Profile – Rowan Crowe

Last year, Rowan Crowe lost his job in finance during the chaos of lockdown number one. At something of a crossroads, he decided to put his family first and leave the Big Smoke for a quieter life in Whangamata. With there being about “three jobs” – to quote Rowan – in...

Tradie profile: Wes Braddock – Taking on the tackle trade

It all started for Wes Braddock when he saw one of his daughter’s toys start flashing. As he watched her play, he wondered whether a similar embedded LED light might make lures more attractive to fish. Then Acting Principal of a small school in Kaitaia, he had spent plenty of...

Tradie Profile: Chums

Off-Site Editor Ethan Neville had heard rumours about the Chums. Their merch was popping up in strange places, and some of their catches were getting a bit of attention online. After investigating further, he saw that they have been landing 20lb+ snapper most weekends, and even more fittingly, are a...

Tradie Profile: Marion Thomas

Marion was 28 when she arrived in New Zealand on a yacht. She had sailed from San Diego with friends of her family on their second attempt to reach NZ by boat; the first was a few years prior. Marion had been invited on that trip too but turned down...
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