Here at Hurunui Jacks our favourite word is ‘real’ – whether it be real people, real food or a real experience. People often ask “Where did the name Hurunui Jacks come from?” From…John’s favourite hunting/fishing ground, The Hurunui in North Canterbury, and it’s just sort of stuck with him through the years. However, we feel that we have finally found ‘our place’, here – on the stunningly rugged West Coast.
We try to live off the land as much as we can, John is a mad keen hunter/fisherman from way back and Maureen is pretty proud of her blossoming vege growing skills – we’ve got it sorted now, John catches it and Maureen cooks it. ‘It’ might be venison and blue cheese pies, goat curry, whitebait fritters or wild salmon sashimi. We love nothing better than to catch up at the end of the day with a lovely glass of Pinot in hand, go for a little wander, talk about all the work we have ahead of us and gently remind ourselves of what we have achieved so far (that’s the important bit!)
We both have an extensive background in clothing and hospitality. John, after leaving school at 15, was the first screen printing apprentice to qualify in New Zealand, his very first printing job was the original 4 Square man poster – now that’s going back a few years! From there he went on to form his own screen printing and clothing company, never being afraid to push the creative boundaries. And along the way there was a West Coast hunting/fishing lodge, cattle station and timber mill.
Maureen is a Yorkshire ‘lass’ originally, working in Yorkshire Cricket admin, PR and hospitality…and of course clothing and screen printing. It took a little while to lure her over to the West Coast from the big smoke of Christchurch (John’s promise to build her the finest hot house and chook house in the land may have helped though).
Between us we have developed our Hurunui Jacks range of real West Coast inspired t-shirts, tea towels, aprons and canvases. We are a bit excited about some new ideas and projects we have in the pipeline too.
Our story wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Dennis…yes, ok he’s the dog. He’s sort of our unofficial receptionist; he doesn’t do or say much really and is probably overpaid, but he’s pretty loyal and a great listener!
The Beginning The Office Boy Our Secret Pinot Spot