Our People


Terry Yacyshen - General Manager

Having worked for over 30 years opening and operating facilities in the golf, hotel, and hospitality industry throughout North America and now in New Zealand.  Terry is a seasoned industry professional who’s focused on building and supporting a team of professionals in the delivery of a superior product and associated services.  His calm and measured approach fits in well with the casual Kiwi mentality.  Terry’s love for the game of golf and influence on operations continue to make a positive impact on his team and their commitment to Wainui.   


Karen Osborne - Business Manager

Karen has been at Peninsula Golf Club as a member for 25 years and in the office since December 2011. Originally from an Office Management and Accounting background Karen is finding the smooth running of a golf club is an interesting and rewarding job with no two days the same. Next time you are in the area pop in and say Hello. The office is manned Monday to Friday.

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Mike Duncumb - Golf Pro

A local Kiwi, Mike has spent all his working life in the golf industry with the last 16 of them as Head Professional/Director of Golf at some of the best clubs in New Zealand.  Mike has worked hard to develop great teams of people overseeing all professional services, Member events, and hosting international guests and corporate clients.  Mike has a very good understanding of the game of golf, as a player, a coach, as well as knowledge of golf course maintenance.  Being the first point of contact for members, visitors, international tourists, corporate clients Mike prides himself on offering excellent customer service.  In his own words “I am excited by the opportunity to develop my career at another world class venue through the introduction of Wainui to the Members, their guests, and the public.

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Darby Brooks - Executive Chef

Having a vast and varied experience in fine dining working at Michelin starred restaurants in both London and New York and in 2013 achieving a Michelin Bib Gourmand at the Berceau des Sens restaurant in the world renowned Les Ecole de Hoteliere de Lausanne in Lausanne Switzerland.  Darby, his wife, and two daughters moved to New Zealand and before joining the team at Wainui was the Executive sous chef at the Langham Auckland running the banqueting division in this very busy and respected downtown property preparing him well for the diverse role that Wainui requires.

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Derek Ross - Agronomy Superintendent

Having worked at Pinehurst # 4 and the new course at St. Andrew’s and being involved in both preparation for a U.S. Open and The Open Championship at St. Andrew’s, Derek ventured across the world to accept the role of course superintendent at Hauraki Golf Club in Waikato in November 2009.  Moving from Waikato to the Peninsula Golf Club Derek has patiently waited, watched, and participated in the roll out of the new facilities at Wainui.  Adept at the cultural practices required from maintaining the turf strains planted at Wainui Derek is excited to be part of the team who will bring Wainui to the world.

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Lee-Anne Durling

Lee-Anne, brings her 7+ years of Human Resources and Health & Safety experience in Forestry, Hospitality and the Education sector. Golf is new to Lee-Anne and she’s enjoying the different set of challenges the club provides and is committed to helping create a great team work and culture is our Wainui environment. 

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Nick Mobberley

Nick, another recent addition comes to us with a well-rounded hospitality background having worked in hotels, bars, and restaurants around the world. Most recently he was the restaurant and bar manager at Heartland Hotel in Fox Glacier, South Island.

Club Officers

Patron - Shirley Bawden

President - John Small

Men’s Captain - Ken Dixon

Men’s Vice Captain - Jason Pryde

Ladies Captain - Gill Watt

Ladies Vice Captain - Jan Knight

Life Members - Ann Cambie, Mike Cambie, Ivy Priestley, Peter Thomas

Members of Board 2016 – 2017

  • Gary Colhoun
  • Barry Davison
  • Sarah Dunning
  • Jim Hare
  • Matthew Laird
  • Russell Maloney – Chair
  • John Small – Vice Chair

Members of Golf Committee 2016 – 2017

  • Chair & North Harbour Delegate - Ken Dixon
  • Vice-Chair & North Harbour Delegate - Gill Watt              
  • Ladies Vice-Captain - Jan Knight           
  • Vice-Captain - Jason Pryde        
  • Colleen O’Brien
  • Jo Matheson
  • Ian Carroll
  • Sandy MacInnes
  • Wayne Crawford

Wainui Careers

Main types of employment include:

  • Course – Turf care and maintenance
  • Sport  - Club Professional, retail and driving range
  • Hospitality – Chef, Food & Beverage servers, Front of House, Kitchen and Events
  • Administration – General Manager, Finance, Human Resources, Property services, IT and Membership services

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