Meet Don & Wok
Meet the brothers behind our name. Wok and Don have been working as a dynamic duo for 29 years. They are the heart of the operation, that prides itself on solid family values, old school work ethics, and kiwi ingenuity at its best… and they both play a mean game of golf.
Wok grew up in Auckland, the youngest of 4 siblings. He was passionate about rugby, playing the guitar and driving his Austin A40. After leaving Auckland Grammar School at 16, he got a position with Alex Harvey Industries, a packaging solutions company. He was quick to rise through the ranks and quickly became a valued Sales Manager for the company. But his itchy feet prevailed, and with an offer from brother Don to get on the tools and join his building team, Wok found a new challenge.
Their main specialty at this time was low cost blocks of units. A few years later, with the arrival of his 2 daughters Monique & Natalie & son Anthony, the decision was made to relocate to Norfolk Island to be closer to family. A memorable time spent with extended family and an amazing small knit community, fishing, beaching, golfing and living on “island time” was a blast. While on Norfolk, Wok supervised the government construction team for 4 Years, before starting his own successful Building & Joinery business. After the birth of his second son Gareth, and with his kids schooling needs in mind, Wok returned to Auckland in 1985 and began his partnership with brother Don.
Music has always been a true passion for Wok, having played in a number of bands since his early teens. Family events are always relished with Wok strumming his guitar, banjo or ukulele and having kids and grandkids joining him in jam sessions. Woks other joys in life, other than his treasured family are his 1975 Chevrolet Corvette and travelling the globe with his wife Ellen.
Wok heads up the Project Management side of the business, liasing with clients, architects, engineers and consultants to ensure your project is constructed in a timely manner while meeting the quality standards set by our company.
Don spent his secondary schooling at Auckland Grammar, where he was an extremely capable sports person, representing the school at senior level in Cricket and Athletics. And would have done so in Rugby had he had a few more inches in height.
Dons initial work experience was in banking and then in Time and Motion study with Alex Harvey & Sons. This gave him great experience in the commercial world from both a financial and production orientated point of view. After a time in Real Estate, Don decided to start his own property development company and completed many projects throughout Auckland in the townhouse unit development field. This proved extremely successful and Don was able to put work to one side and take his wife and 2 daughters, Jane and Melanie, throughout the Pacific on a sailing voyage of adventure. On returning to New Zealand after 2 years away, Don and Wok began their business relationship in the building field.
Dons’ passion for boating has also led him to invest in a canal boat in Europe and he does his best to get to Amsterdam to explore on a yearly basis. He is a keen and accomplished golfer, playing weekly, with a handicap of 9. The family music tradition continues with Don and he can be heard strumming the ukulele at any social event.
Don is always looking for his next entrepreneurial challenge and has recently embarked on a special fruit development operation in Turangi.
Don takes on all financial aspects of the operation and is keenly involved with the process of administration systems and staff wellbeing.