Business success channelled back
Inspiring young gives satisfaction
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.