The little business that lockdown built

Pictured above is Mike Richmond

When Mike Richmond decided to leave Auckland to spend the first lockdown at his whaanau home in Whatawhata he wasn’t expecting to build a business out of it.

But build one he did. Mike Richmond Builders. And so far, so good.

Mike who is an uri of Oomaero Marae, said: 

Back at the start of last year my partner and I were watching this virus and what it was doing. We decided that if New Zealand was going to go into lockdown then we didn’t want to be stuck in Auckland. So, we moved home.

We decided to stay here after lockdown and that’s when I started this business.

Mike was recommended to TGH by his uncle Morris Rua, who owns Whatawhata Earthworks and is a long-time digger contractor for our farms. Mike’s first job for TGH was to replace a sheep ramp for the woolshed at Whatawhata farm. He decided to document his mahi, watch below or on YouTube.

Whatawhata farm is partway through an ongoing upgrade and Mike is now busy doing other building mahi on the farm, including another ramp and a set of stairs for the shearing shed.

Tino pai taau mahi Mike. We love a good lockdown story.

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