Fond memories of family holidays at Tawharanui meant Warkworth was an obvious destination when James Isaacs decided to move out of Auckland and set-up his stump grinding business, Stumpmaster.
“I was sick of battling the Auckland traffic and I could see there was an opportunity in the Mahurangi area for a business like mine,” he says.
“The advantage of the equipment I use is that it is small yet powerful, so it is suitable for any job, large or small. Plus, the mulched material produced, which is a mixture of wood and soil, is used to fill the hole, giving a nice finish to the site.
“A lot of people don’t like the idea of a big digger in their yard and think that their only other option is to let the stump rot away. But depending on the tree, this can take over 10 years. I can get rid of a small stump in less than half-an-hour and you would never know I’d been on the property.”
James is a qualified arborist and ran the business Tree King in Auckland for many years.
He says he loves the community aspect of Warkworth. He has joined the One Warkworth Business Association and has used local businesses for all his set up costs.
“I’ve met some great people in the process and most of my work so far has come through networking. There seems to be a local guy for everything in Warkworth and I want to be that guy for stump grinding”
As well as stump grinding, Stumpmaster also offers a gorse mulching service and can grind the roots of pest plants such as ginger and agapanthus.
“Grinding is one of the best ways to get rid of thick root mats or bulbs, and it can make spraying a lot more effective.”