20 Questions with Mark Hill-Rennie – Regional Manager, Auckland East Business Banking, ANZ
Why do you love working in Newmarket?
I love the huge range of businesses in Newmarket – it gives the area a special vibe and energy. I can walk around and get anything I want within a short distance while dealing with people who have a real passion and energy.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to someone who was looking at starting out in your industry?
You need to be a people person who loves helping a huge range of people succeed in business. The business environment is constantly changing so you need to keep up to date with technology and trends so you can continue to help customers.
What would you do if you weren’t in your current role?
Growing grapes in Central Otago and being in charge of the tasting department when the wine is ready.
Name 3 people that you would invite to a dinner party (living or dead).
David Bowie, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Colin Meads.
What was your first job?
A paperboy delivering the New Zealand Herald. It was in Waiouru so in the winter it was often in snow and freezing conditions.
What motivates you?
My family, friends and staff. I love interacting with people and feel like my job has a real purpose.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Here in New Zealand. I have travelled a lot of the world and still think this is the place for me.
Where is your favourite place to get coffee or a drink in Newmarket?
Describe Newmarket in 3 words:
My favourite place.
What do you wish you’d known before you started your career?
Not to wear white socks with a dark suit. I once missed a job in Hong Kong as a young banker because my dress sense was all wrong.
How do you start each morning?
I jump on my exercycle and do a quick 30 minute cycle then jump in the car and head to work with a stop for an early morning coffee.
What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve received?
Prepare, prepare, prepare.
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
Rarotonga. I was brought up in the islands and just love relaxing, swimming and the laid back locals.
What is Newmarket’s best kept secret?
Maison Vauron – well maybe it’s not that much of a secret but it is tucked away in a backstreet.
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Having three great kids. I think Sue and I must have done something right as I am extremely proud of them all.
Name one item that you can’t live without.
Pinot Noir – life would be dull without it.
It’s 10am on a Sunday morning. Where would we find you and what are you doing?
On the North Shore doing driving lessons with my youngest son.
Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why?
My wife – she is likely to read this and would kill me if I said anyone else.
What is your greatest fear?
That climate warming will mean that Central Otago will no longer be a great Pinot Noir growing region.
What do you love most about your job?
The variety of people I work with and meet every day. I also love that I get the chance to be involved in lots of community activities as a result of my job l. Last month was a big one with a Daffodil Day Auction and it was really rewarding.