Jane Mather – “Life is for living”.
I recently caught up with Jane at Kafe Orange in Plimmerton. She describes herself as “I am a high achiever and give 100% in everything I do. I do not accept failure and I have a can do attitude”.
Jane Mather is a top selling real estate agent based in our region. A mum with four adult children Shelley (32), Kristy (31), Shane (29) and Michaela (27) she is also a grandmother to Aurora (8), Ryder (6), Nixon (3), Aston (2), Mia (9 months) and has a new granddaughter due in early December of this year (2018).
I am still trying to believe Jane has grandchildren, when you meet Jane you will understand what I mean.
Born in Auckland
Jane was born in Auckland - her mum Honora (nee Reedy) and dad Harry Morrison (both have passed on). Harry was an Airforce Warrant Officer, Tailor by trade, and worked as a government consultant to the clothing industry being responsible for all uniforms, i.e. Police, Armed Forces, Prison Officers etc. They both originated from the West Coast with her mum born in Westport and her Dad in Denniston.
Jane has two brothers Gerard Morrison (CEO, Atlantis Group Investment Bank UK) and David Morrison (Property Management Consultant).
Her most famous relative is Eddie Morrison (New Zealand Boxing Champ at the Empire Games). Eddie is listed as the New Zealand Heavy Weight Champion for 1960 on the Boxing NZ website.
Jane first attended St Peter Chanel in Hamilton, Waikato. Her family moved to Titahi Bay and she attended St Piux X School in Titahi Bay in her last year of primary school.
She was involved in Ballet as a youngster and represented New Zealand in swimming.
“The youngest of two elder brothers who were very focused on school and being the only girl, I had to break ground with very strict parents.
We spent our early days catching Eels, building Go-karts and riding down the steep hill by St Andrews Golf Course in Hamilton.”
Jane admits that for her, school was about socialising with friends. At Viard college she made life-long friends.
She points out that “In those days we did not have the same choices as our children do now, secretarial or nursing were the only career choices we were offered.”
“I loved sports and achieved in those I turned my mind to. Athletics, swimming, tennis and netball, were probably my strongest sports but I tried my hand at everything.”
“Life was about socialising and I loved to go out with friends”.
Jane attended the Polytechnic when she finished her secondary school education. The Polytech was located behind Mana College in those days. She trained in Shorthand Typing there.
Jane started working as a youngster in school holidays (1970s) for Hills Hats where she ran the embroidery machine. On leaving school (1978) and after polytechnic (1979) she worked for BNZ Head Office in the marketing department as PA to the Marketing manager.
Circa 1983 she worked for Noel Macken a chartered accountant. “Small business, where I ran the administration side of his practice”.
In 1986 Jane married Danny Mather and they started their family. She spent the next nine years at home raising her four children. The Mather Family were one of the first families to settle in Tawa and have been there for over 100 years (5 generations).
She started back working part-time, after hours (circa 1995) for Maude & Miller solicitors as a legal secretary. “Worked my hours up over the next couple of years until I was working full time as a para legal. Worked in both the family court and conveyancing areas of law for the partners of the firm.”
“From there I went to Harkness & Peterson and worked as PA to Nicola Mathers until she was made a Judge. I then started with a Barrister at Central Chambers named Bruce Corkill, who is now also a Judge. I worked with Bruce for several years and ran his practice. He was the lawyer for the Gisborne Cervical Cancer Enquiry and while he worked out of Gisborne for quite some time while I looked after his practice from Wellington. We also took a huge case against British American Tobacco (BAT) and the evidence we had on that case filled two whole rooms.”
Tourism New Zealand/RWC 2011
Jane next job was with Tourism NZ where she started as office Manager, within a very short time she had moved into ‘Major Events’ within the Corporate Communications Team and became a project co-ordinator for the ‘Giant Rugby Ball’ that toured the world.
“It was really cool I went to France in 2007 for RWC where we had the ball under the Eiffel Tower. I was responsible for all logistics in getting the ball to France (3 containers), all entertainment and accommodation, and running the full budget for the ball along with heaps of other tasks. I looked after NZ entertainers Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Elizabeth Marvelly, Hinewehi Mohi and the Maori cultural groups, to name but a few. Photos of the Giant Rugby Ball are on the inside Out Productions website.” “I also worked alongside some top chefs including Peter Gordon, we were employed as function hostesses. We hosted Heads of State, and I was personally introduced to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh alongside the All Blacks – this was very exciting”.
“During my time with Tourism NZ I did a bungy jump and was lucky enough to experience NZ’s premier tourism activities and locations. I also hosted overseas tourists on a six-month tour through New Zealand in a roadshow where we filmed overseas tourists for their Facebook pages.”
In 2010 Martin Snedden the then CEO of RNZ2011 the organisation responsible for hosting RWC2011 approached Jane to work for the VIP Team. She was one of seven project managers who looked after all aspects of the VIP programme.
“This was a huge job and we hosted 312 VIPs. Some of my responsibilities ran to the VIP catering at all the stadia in NZ, all theming, furnishings, flowers etc, budget, the opening and closing functions, the Chairman’s Dinner and the huge After Party for over 1000 guests. I was lucky enough to host the likes of Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Peter Jackson, James Cameron, and Prince Albert of Monaco in the lounges at the stadium.”
Jane was also responsible for training the volunteers who assisted at the RWC in the VIP lounges.
After RWC Jane studied to become a real estate agent.
“I was headhunted by Della Randall and learned valuable lessons from her but found the travel to the Kapiti Coast each day a bit daunting so joined the Tommy’s team at Mana. While there I joined forces with Mike Bain and we worked together in a business partnership. Mike has taken a backward step from real estate but is still on hand to help me with open homes and to provide a male perspective. I get huge satisfaction in helping first home buyers into their first home.”
Jane is now working the Clark & Co team and she loves the boutique feel of this company and being a part of the growing AndCo Realty Group.
What Jane loves to do with her time
“When my children were younger I loved to play golf. I love fishing, kayaking (and are looking at starting the Plimmerton Kayak Fishing Club this year), I am treasurer at the Plimmerton Tennis Club and play tennis there. I also love cycling and tramping.”
“I also try to balance my life and enjoy as much time as I can with my grandchildren”.
Into the future…
“I want to be able to help my family when I can, and my children and grandchildren are very important to me. I am very proud of my children and all they have achieved to date.
I think a life/work balance is very important and to see some of the world is on my bucket list.
Jane has achieved so much in her life and you get the sense there is much more to come.
Thankyou so much for letting me tell your story Jane. I wish you all the best and look forward to catching up when you Kayak past Hongoeka Bay.
Jane Mather Real Estate
If you are buying or selling Real Estate from Tawa to Pukerua Bay, you can reach Jane on her mobile 021 339 623 or email email@example.com