Profile: Thomas Thomas- Qualified Baker and owner of award winning Paraparaumu-based bakery Kapiti Cakes.
THOMAS THOMAS is a man with a great passion, one that he has been able to work into his business so he can enjoy what he is doing every day.
Thomas, along with his wife Mary, own the award-winning successful business Kapiti Cakes, based in Paraparaumu.
Thomas is originally from a little town called Tawa situated just out of Wellington. He attended Porirua School during his time there. He was influenced by his parents who were both bakers and they passed the skills down to both himself and his two brothers.
“I have been a baker all my life. I am a second generation baker and would have been doing it earlier if my father hadn’t made me stay in school,” jokes Thomas.
The Kapiti Cakes business was launched in 1970 in Porirua City by Thomas’s parents ,Thomas and Julie. The Paraparaumu shop opened in September 2001 and in 2007 Thomas and Mary purchased the Paraparaumu shop from Thomas's parents and have been working hard ever since.
Thomas is a hands-on business owner and likes to be involved right throughout his business: “I lead from the front, I have a passion for decorating cakes, I love the challenge and it’s a really rewarding feeling when the customer is happy with the final product,” says Thomas.
“The business is 90% managed by the team which means we can all be involved in the success of the business and the creation of the cakes, we all take pride in our final products,” adds Thomas.
Thomas doesn’t have a lot of down time at this time of year with the busy Christmas period but looks forward to a break and relaxing with his family: “You’ve got to work hard to play hard,” says Thomas.
When he does get some time off Thomas enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as skiing, golf and mountain biking.
To any other New Zealand men out there who have their own business or who are thinking about starting one up Thomas offers some helpful advice: “The key is to make sure you keep a balance between work and life otherwise the business can consume you and if you can create something you are passionate about, even better.”
Kapiti Cakes are able to send their quality cakes all over New Zealand and can make cakes for corporate or personal requests. You know with Kapiti Cakes that you are not only paying for a quality product but for a cake made with passion.
Contact Kapiti Cakes and Bakery
Phone: 04 296 1244
Phone: 0274 587 724