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John Smith

John Smith

After 45 years of living in Auckland, I shifted to Taranaki and have made my home in Opunake on the coast of Surf Highway 45, for the last 14 years.

My background is expansive. I have owned and operated businesses in Opunake like Forty-Five Degrees Café, and Real Estate. I have worked in the Oil & Gas industry with the construction of Kupe and Westside, Industrial Landscaping at Global Stainless Steel and Fonterra.

I have recently been appointed an Executive Member of The New Zealand Industrial Hemp Association, and hold a license to grow industrial hemp.

It was a thrill to be featured on Grand Designs with the construction of three houses in New Plymouth made of Hemp.

I have two awesome sons who attend primary and high school in Opunake.

I love the lifestyle and freedom of living in Taranaki, and enjoy representing the area as an Ambassador for Opunake & Surf Highway 45.