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Smoko: J Gerhard Husheer, founder of the
New Zealand Tobacco Company.
Chin chin: The ''father'' of red wine in New
Zealand, Thomas Bayne McDonald, whose
original winery became Church Road in
Mr Van Asch had a long-standing inter-
est in photography. He founded
Hastings-based New Zealand Aerial
Mapping in May 1936, and foundation
shareholders included East Coast
farmers who had seen his livestock pho-
tography. His first aircraft was a General
Aircraft Monospar, which he travelled to
Britain to buy, where he also gained
experience as an aerial surveyor.
Early work took Mr van Asch and his
team from Northland to Bluff. More work
came with WWII and in 1943 the com-
pany took delivery of a Beechcraft, which
allowed servicing of the Pacific Islands.
After the war Mr van Asch continued to
lead the company from the strength to
strength, even tackling city surveys.
He retired in 1980, after having logged
some 6700 commercial flying hours.
Mr van Asch remains one of the prime
figures responsible for transforming New
Zealand's cadastral maps into accurate
He was made an honorary member of
the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.
He also became a fellow of the Royal
Aeronautical Society and received a CBE.
Thomas Bayne McDonald
Mr McDonald was 14 when he began
winemaking in a Taradale vineyard and
winery under the tutelage of Batholomew
Mr McDonald took over the winery in
1927 aged 19, and later bought the
facility and associated vineyard. Times
were initially difficult, and Mr McDonald
was forced to plant fruit and vegetables
and run sheep to keep operating.
In 1949 he made New Zealand's first
commercial cabernet sauvignon, which
he always referred to as the best. The
quality of wine he was making by the
1960s was such that he became known as
the father'' of red wine in New Zealand.
Mr McDonald's achievement is given
perspective by the fact that for much of
the 20th century, New Zealand was not a
nation of wine-drinkers. Restrictive
alcohol laws and a focus on sherry and
beer made wine a niche market. He was
also very active politically, and was
became president of the Hawke's Bay
Grape Winegrowers' Association.
His winery went through a number of
hands, merging in 1962 with McWill-
liams wines. Mr McDonald retired in
1976, but continued to make wine for the
next five years. His winery was reopened
by Montana Wines in 1989 as Church
J Gerhard Husheer (1864-1954)
Mr Husheer was a German-born busi-
nessman and philanthropist. He was a
leading figure in New Zealand's tobacco
industry in the early to mid 20th century.
His sound business thinking helped
shape the industry nationally and made
him a significant figure in Napier's busi-
Mr Husheer arrived in New Zealand in
1911 with his Norwegian wife and three
sons, and an ambition to found a tobacco
production industry. He selected Hawke's
Bay as his base and leased farms at
Pakipaki, then Haumoana. In 1913 he
formed the New Zealand Tobacco Com-
pany. World War I provoked trouble.
Because Husheer was German, in 1919
his directors voted to get rid of him.
Mr Husheer moved to Auckland, where
he raised more capital and grew tobacco
at Riverhead. He returned to Napier
after the collapse of his former company
and bought the building and equipment,
forming the National Tobacco Company
After the 1931 Hawke's Bay quake Mr
Husheer had the damaged office frontage
replaced with an architect-designed art
deco structure that has became iconic.
Business success brought personal
wealth. Although reclusive, Mr Husheer
sought to help those less fortunate than
himself and became well known as a phil-
anthropist, supporting local businesses,
people and causes.
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