Busi­ness suc­cess chan­nelled back

In­spir­ing young gives sat­is­fac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Karen Hat­t­away took risks and over­came per­sonal fears to be­come a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman, and now she plans to give back to the com­mu­nity.

Hat­t­away, along with busi­ness part­ner Grant Hat­t­away, owns three Queen­stown restau­rants, Cap­tains, Pier 19 and Blue Kanu, and also runs a con­sul­ta­tion busi­ness to give ad­vice to those in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Orig­i­nally from Gore, she has resided in Queen­stown for 19 years, buy­ing her first res­tau­rant, Cap­tain’s, in 2001.

De­spite be­ing the di­rec­tor she still takes part in the clean­ing and be­tween De­cem­ber and Jan­uary dons her chef jacket and works in the kitchen.

Hat­t­away said she needed to over­come self-doubt and shy­ness and ‘‘grow some balls’’ to be able to fol­low her pas­sion and open restau­rants.

Start­ing Blue Kanu, dubbed a ‘‘Poly­na­sia" res­tau­rant be­cause it mixed both Pacifica and Asian styles, ‘‘was a to­tal risk’’ be­cause it was a new con­cept to Queen­stown.

Some peo­ple told her it wouldn’t work. It does.

Be­tween the four com­pa­nies they hire 60 staff.

This year Cap­tain’s earned a spot on the Top 10 New Zealand Trip Ad­viser restau­rants to visit and Blue Kanu would celebrate a year in busi­ness this week.

With some set­backs in her ear­lier life, Hat­t­away said ‘‘I made a de­ci­sion to be happy and all I could be’’. ‘‘I have learnt – work hard, work smart. ‘‘It’s the old say­ing, if you don’t put the work in, you don’t get the re­ward . . . There is no quick buck.’’

Her ad­vice to oth­ers was to steer clear of neg­a­tive peo­ple – ‘‘they have a prob­lem for ev­ery so­lu­tion’’.

Hat­t­away said she be­lieved in shar­ing the skills to suc­cess with other peo­ple and help­ing other peo­ple.

She found plea­sure work­ing with Work and In­come to in­spire young peo­ple who needed di­rec­tion in their life.

Last week Hat­t­away was the guest speaker at a Queen­stown Cham­ber of Com­merce morn­ing tea where she dis­cussed the jour­ney which got her to where she was to­day.

Queen­stown busi­ness­woman Karen Hat­t­away.

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