Interview - Schnappa Rock, Tutukaka

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Nick Keene & Esther Eves own Schnappa Rock in Tutukaka, Northland. They switched to paper straws in 2016.

Placed on the shoreline of the picturesque Tutukaka Harbour, Schnappa Rock uses locally sourced ingredients to produce high quality Pacific style food in a great atmosphere.

Sum up your café in a few words….

Pacific theme, thatch, rustic, friendly.

What did you want to be as a kid?

A restaurant owner!

What living person do you most admire, and why?

My wife; the wonder of childbirth.

What is your favorite quote?

“We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.” (George Carlin)

What people say about our straws?

They say it’s a great thing - it makes them feel good.

What is your proudest moment?

There is a lot to be proud of; I have a great family, I like what I do, we live and work in an awesome place.

When are you happiest?

Family trips.

Why should other cafes / people make the swap to paper straws?

It just makes sense; our industry is based on the quality of our product and the experience we provide. Something as simple as a paper straw makes a huge statement and often starts a great conversation.

How do you relax?

Get warm, go to the beach and fish.

What impact has swapping the straws made on your business?

At this point, making the swap is having a nice social impact and has led to other ideas around waste reduction and systems improvement for our cafes. On the A trip to the winterless north is not complete without the Schnappa Rock experience. A trip to the winterless north is not complete without the Schnappa Rock experience.1st August we launch Wahi restaurant at The Oceans resort where we will not serve coffee in single use coffee cups.




Facebook: Schnappa Rock

Twitter: @schnapparock

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