PM opens new Tuatara brewery for business

PM John Key open TuataraOn Wednesday 10 October 2012 it was a great honour to have Prime Minister John Key officially open the grand new Tuatara premises at 7 Sheffield Street in Paraparaumu. The new site houses an expanded and improved brewery which is now open for public tours, plus we can also offer off-license sales from the brewery door as well as facilities to eat and drink on-site. 

More than 100 people attended the 10:00am opening ceremony including staff, stockists, tradespeople, family, friends, the local Mayor (Jenny Rowan), the local MP (Hon Nathan Guy), members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad and a gratifying number of media. There were speeches from brewer Carl Vasta, general manager Sean Murrie, Her Worship the Mayor and the Prime Minister.

Carl outlined the growth of Tuatara from a small back yard operation twelve years ago to a thriving company now employing 25 people. In his typically pragmatic way, he said "we got to the point where the farm was a little too small and logistically wasn't working - so here we are." As usual, that was typical Kiwi male understatement. Shifting the brewery took nearly a year of preparation and hard work but the final results are spectacular.

Next to speak was general manager Sean Murrie who acknowledged even he would never have envisaged having the new facility two years ago. The new digs are more than just a brewery though. Sean announced that "Tuatara, for the first time ever, is going to welcome the public into its midst. We will be running, from today onwards, brewery tours. We have an off-licence and very soon we will be doing an on-licence. People can come here for a few drinks after work." It is expected that there will be a lot of barbeques at the brewery this summer.

The star attraction was naturally the Prime Minister who assured the watching media that he was going to be having a beer at 10:30am but he would not be doing a yard glass or anything like that. He did have a pint of (we believe) Tuatara APA which he declared to be "very nice." Mr Key congratulated Tuatara on the new facility and wished the company well for the future. He was clearly optimistic about what might lie ahead saying "it's testimony to the fact that you've got a lot of companies in New Zealand that start from humble beginnings and the back of the cowshed turns into what we've got this morning - 25 employees will turn into 250 employees in the future."

We will raise a glass to that.

To arrange a tour or to find out more – call us on 0508 TUATARA (toll free), 04 2933351 or email: 

Selected media articles:

Herald: Key drinks in success of beer firm
Stuff: Brewery opens in Kapiti
Stuff Video: PM drinks Tuatara beer
Scoop: PM opens Tuatara Brewery in Paraparaumu
Beer and Brewer: Prime Minister opens "future proofed" Tuatara Brewery


Cheers from the team at Tuatara


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