Changing Places - Citywide Kitchens
Posted at 2:52pm Tuesday 30 Mar, 2021
Rachael and Peter Hill
Citywide Kitchens may be a new name, but the company principals are far from new to the area or the job of designing and installing bespoke kitchens and household cabinetry.
Peter and Rachael Hill have decades of experience in kitchen cabinetry in the Mahurangi district, as well as the wider Auckland area, and are about to open a showroom and factory in Morrison Drive.
“And even after all this time, we still love what we do,” Rachael says.
“We can put our hands to anything, we love a challenge, and we know how to listen and deliver what customers want, so they get their dream kitchen at a price that they can comfortably afford.”
Both Peter and Rachael grew up in Mangawhai – the oldest existing house in Mangawhai, The Tara, was built by Peter's great grandfather Edward Hill. Although they both attended Rodney College, they didn't meet until they were working in Auckland. At the time, Peter was pursuing a furniture making and machinery apprenticeship, while Rachael was following her passion for food preparation and interior design.
They moved to Mahurangi in the late 1990s when Peter started working for Franich Joinery and Rachael was the bakery manager at Warkworth New World. In 2002 they opened their own kitchen design business.
“The business was very successful, but after 10 years we were at capacity and realised the business needed a big investment to take it to the next stage. We decided to sell instead, took a trip to Europe and then moved to Mackay in north Queensland.”
But the Aussie lifestyle wasn't for them and they moved back to NZ and have, for many years now, worked together in kitchen design and installation from their home in Whangateau, trading as Citywide Installations.
“Everything we do is custom built, but not at a custom price,” Peter says. “We design and renovate kitchens and other cabinetry that is individual, that utilises the space and suits the home owner's needs. We use only the best products and materials available, ranging from lacquer, veneers and Melteca to solid timbers and everything in between.
“We are currently operating in our temporary premises in Gumfield Drive, but on May 1 we will open our new showroom, offices and factory in Morrison Drive (in premises formerly occupied by McMahon Builders) to showcase our work.”