After successfully setting up and running their Tanksalot business based in Silverdale, husband and wife team Clint Wurm and Vicki Niethe are looking to head north to Matakana to develop a new plumbing and gas fitting business and enjoy a change of scene.
Tanksalot specialised in the construction of custom, corrugated iron water tanks, but master plumber Clint continued plumbing as a strong sideline, especially in relation to the installation of new tanks.
But after eight years of incredibly hard work, the couple feel it may be time to sell that business and move on.
They see a niche market in the Warkworth, Matakana, Omaha and Leigh area for their new business – Clints Plumbing and Gas Fittings.
The plan is to fulfil the need for smaller plumbing jobs, such as servicing gas appliances, upgrading bathroom and kitchen plumbing, and installing hot water heating. Clint will do the actual plumbing while Vicki will concentrate on keeping the accounts and administration.
Although Clint is considering taking on an apprentice and is not averse to taking on major work, he wants to ensure that customers’ needs in terms of more minor work is still catered for.
The couple left Auckland 10 years ago, disliking the crowded North Shore lifestyle.
They currently live in Warkworth but recently bought a 5000 square metre plot of land in Matakana where they plan to build a house.
They say the secluded nature of their property, and the extensive walks and cycleways in the area, were major attractions for them.
Keen dog lovers, they see plenty of space for pugs, Madge and Stanley, and boxer Kahn, to run around.
Vicki was also drawn to Matakana’s vibrant art scene and has acquired a good collection of ceramic pieces.
Clint admits he is not big on art but does maintain a strong interest in quality plumbing, saying it’s important that it is carried out by a reliable, qualified professional. Apart from that, maintaining good rapport and communication with the customer is essential.