It was a quiet Saturday morning, the water had just barely begun to boil in Auckland, and we were in the water.
I had just finished my breakfast in the city centre and was in the process of getting ready for my first day on the job, when I saw a boat at the dock.
“Hello, I’m just here to check your water, I have a couple of beers in my tank and it’s ready for you,” said the owner of the boat yard.
“We’re going to pick up a few beers, but don’t worry, we’re coming back and getting you another set of wheels and tyres.”
I had only ever been on the boatyard once before, so I was expecting to be greeted by a huge line of people with lots of beer.
But when I approached the owner I was greeted with a much more relaxed and friendly attitude.
He explained that he’d been a professional dockmaster for decades and had worked in the area for the last ten years.
“I think you’ll be amazed by how good it feels to be here,” he said.
The owner had just returned from a day on duty and was looking forward to being back in the position that he had been for almost 20 years.
The man behind the counter was very friendly and enthusiastic about the experience.
He took me around the boatyards inner workings and showed me around, including the workshop where the boats are built.
It’s a lot of fun, and he told me that he was happy to see me on my first job and was excited to see what I was made of.
While we were discussing the experience, I got a bit tipsy and began to drink.
It was then that the owner realised that he needed to get me home.
He explained that they were having trouble finding a new owner for the shop, and I could see the sadness in his eyes.
“I can tell you that we’re all trying to do our best to find someone who will come and work here, and that is what we need right now,” he explained.
“We need to get someone who can do what we do here and bring us more people in.”
The owner went on to tell me that the team at Ashby have always been dedicated to the quality of the beer.
We had a great conversation and the owner said that he could see how a beer can have a very positive impact on someone’s day.
“It’s something that has been there for many, many years and it will be something that will be important to us and to our customers,” he added.
After our talk, we decided to go back to the garage.
I had a good experience, and the manager was happy that I got my first beer in the morning.
A week on, I was back at work and ready to take on the next challenge.
But I knew that this job was going to take me a while to get used to, so my first few weeks were going to be pretty rough.
So, what was the next job?
I started a few weeks later than planned, and this time I was looking for work in the inner workings.
There was an advert for a new manager, and after a few days of searching, I decided to apply.
Once again, I had a very enjoyable experience.
As I was driving home, I felt a bit of nostalgia for the day I first met the owner.
I realised that I had spent a lot more time in the yard with him than I thought I did.
Although it had been a long time since I had seen him, I realised now that I was still in touch with him.
My new boss had been in the office for more than a week, and while he was very kind and friendly, he was still new to the business and had a lot to learn.
With no experience, he took a little bit of time to get to know the workers.
They were all very friendly, and most of them seemed to be very good at their jobs.
When he told them that I needed to start my job, they all seemed very excited to get started.
In the beginning, I thought that the only way I could start working was with the new manager.
At first, I did not want to take up the new job.
But once I got in, I really enjoyed it.
When I first started, I never had the opportunity to go to the factory, so having this experience made me want to give it a go.
Over the next few weeks, I became more and more excited to work in a brewery.
And so, I joined the Ashby team.
Ashby is an award-winning beer and cider brewery in the City of Auckland.
From the start, I knew I wanted to work at Ashly,