Business: The Pie Piper
The biggest benefit of working with Suzanne is… I get to see her so often. Most of my friends with kids of a similar age only see them every couple of weeks, so I feel very blessed.
I was inspired to work with Mum when… I realised how good she was at making pie. Mum has always experimented with food and baking, she’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea and make it. She takes what she learned from her mum and sees what more she can do with it.
Business: The Herb Farm**
We complement each other in business because… I am a peacemaker and Sarah has a much more powerful personality. Communication has never been my forte so she handles the human resources and the strategic growth of the business and I do the research and development.
I admire Mum’s ability to… Be a pioneer at a time when natural was not the norm. She was passionate about it, believed in it and pursued it, and I think that took a lot of courage and guts.
Business: Bayleys Real Estate
The benefit of working with my sons is… We have something else in common. Dinnertimes are really interesting – there is always some aspect of property being discussed. You spend so much time being their mother and mentor and then all of a sudden you have this wonderful friendship. We’re equals now.
I admire Mum’s ability to… Give time to everyone. I think that is a big part of her and Dad’s success. People love dealing with them and gravitate towards them.
I was inspired to work in real estate when I saw… The freedom my parents had. You can choose your own hours, work as hard as you want and determine what you make. It’s commission-based, which can be pretty scary, but I have watched my parents do it most of my life.
Business: French Country
My daughters inspire me… Because they are very focused, visual and both are exceptionally capable.
The benefit of working with Mum is… We can bounce ideas off each other in an open forum that is non-judgemental. There is less fear of failure when you are amongst family.
I’m impressed by Mum’s ability to… Sell. She is a very clever sales person. She is passionate about what we do and she conveys that passion.
Business: Moa Clothing
The benefit of working with my daughter is… We communicate easily, effectively and efficiently. Nikau has a real capacity to translate the right elements into a photo because she inherently knows what we want to create. I knew Nikau was creative and focused… From a very early age. She spent hours creating and playing by herself and that was good for us because we were always working! She was an amazing artist at school and put hours into her paintings.
My career has been influenced by my mother because… I grew up with her being self-employed. She was constantly producing and having a creative output and that showed me I could do anything I wanted if I worked really hard. It feels very normal to me to be a self-employed artist. I went to art school to get an education, not to get a degree so I could get a job – I am not fearful of the future.I admire Mum’s ability to... Communicate with people nicely, even in a stressful situation. I have learned from her that getting over things quickly allows you to have a good working relationship with people, even if you have a disagreement. That’s really advanced to me. She also works very hard, is scrupulous about every single little detail and treats her staff really well.