Our Team

Garry Bates – Association Manager

Trained as a chef in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, while serving for 10 years and representing both NZ and The RNZAF in the trade, winning awards at both.

Seconded to the residence of the Prime Minister and cooking for the Cabinet and State Leaders, including HM the Queen. The role included the residences of Defence Chiefs and Ministerial officials.

Restaurant ownership was a natural progression, owning Michaels Restaurant for 27 years, also The Falls in Henderson housed in an iconic historic building (11 years). Both winning many awards for food, service and popular choice.

Worked in all departments of the operations in the various roles –

General Manager, Chef, FOH, Compliancing and Licensing also of administration, HR, accounts, marketing and maintenance. Responsible for Building Compliances and WOF – Fire Alarm, monitoring and sprinkler systems – Emergency, Health and Safety and Dangerous Goods.

Apprenticed, trained and mentored many very successfully into the trade and into business.

With a long-term interest in thoroughbred racing, as an owner, breeder and administrator. Garry served two terms on the Board of the Avondale Jockey Club, and continues with membership.

“I have a deep affection for the West, the people and business and see the CPHB as an organisation that can really add value to this rapidly progressing area”.