How it began

My name is Debbie Came and along with my husband Richard we have been living and dairy farming in Whangaripo for nearly 30 years. During that time we've raised 3 children, Jared, Bonnie and Ashley and successfully run a small dairy farm. We've seen a few changes from the tar sealing of the roads between here (Whangaripo) and Matakana, Wellsford, Mangawhai and Pakiri. The decrease of Dairy Farms in the valley has led to the increase in small blocks and subdivisions, bringing in new people to the Valley. Along with that there has been a continual flow of people from Auckland flocking north to our piece of paradise, to visit the Matakana markets, Mangawhai and the beautiful Pakiri Beach. A couple of years ago I pondered a crazy idea that a small cafe might work here in the Whangaripo on the edge of our dairy farm. My poor husband! We started this project with a couple of 40ft containers in early 2017. It took 2 years to build it and make it into what it is today. My clever husband cut the containers, welded and did numerous other jobs...giving him a couple years of container headaches. It's nice to see what we have achieved together and that we are finally open. We've had a few pitfalls along the way, a major one when my niece Lucy Aroha Brown passed away in August 2018. I had intended to work alongside her in this small venture, but some things aren't meant to be and that delayed the opening by 6 months. We eventually opened in May 2019 providing home baked food and amazing Havana Coffee. We have been operating for nearly a year in total, not quite completing a full year due to Covid-19 and re-opening in October 2020. The Cafe is pretty cool, bringing together our local community, definitely a work in progress and I'm not sure where it will eventually end up? So if you're looking for a different place to sit, relax, eat good homestyle food then come on over and visit us, we'd love to see you.

Cafe foundations
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Container lifted with crane
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Exterior container progress
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Container window placement
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Container deck and roof
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Interior cafe progress
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Cafe painted
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Whanga Eats cafe today
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The owners of Whanga Eats
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