Steve Schmetz

Steve Schmetz - Westland Branch President

Phone: 03 753 3192
Mobile: 027 422 9336
Postal: Pukeko Store and Cafe, 37 Main Road, Hari Hari 7805
Email: pukekostore@xtra.co.nz

Steve became involved in hospitality when he purchased the Hari Hari Motor Inn in 1993, and became a member of the Westland Branch in 1998. Operating a hotel in a small rural village saw Steve having a hands on role in the business which offered a local public bar, accommodated coach and cycle tour groups and local community functions.

Steve enjoyed the contact with the other branch members and saw it as an opportunity to meet and discuss similar issues which were affecting other operators in a variety of outlets - staffing, training, changes to employment law, and changing sale of alcohol policies.

He took on the role as Branch President in 2012 following 3 years as Branch Deputy and has focused on maintaining contact with existing members and meeting new operators in an area which covers Greymouth to Haast.

Looking for a change after 18 years with the hotel, Steve and Heather purchased the Pukeko Store and Cafe in Hari Hari in 2012. They have 3 children who have all been involved in the family businesses over the years - for better or for worse!

Steve is actively involved in the Board of Trustees and the local Community Association.

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