Our People

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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.   

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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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Simon Burrowes - Agronomy Superintendent

Simon is another recent addition to the team who has joined us with over 20 years experience in golf course maintence. Originally from the UK, Simon has worked all over New Zealand from Terrace Downs to Gulf Harbour.

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Miroslava Tull - Front of House Manager

Mira is a recent addition to the team with extensive experience in restaurants and hotels around the world in Slovakia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, France and now New Zealand. Originally from Slovakia, she is a local mum with 2 very sporty children who keep her busy with soccer and gymnastics.


Linda Holmes - Sales Manager

Linda has a wealth of experience in function sales and has worked at Dawsons Catering, Villa Maria Estate and Auckland Conventions. Previous to that she worked for many years in the wine industry.  She has enjoyed working in all aspects from sales, business development, account management and events and loves meeting clients and creating memorable events with a high standard of service.

She is very excited to be working at Wainui and loves the rural backdrop, beautiful functions spaces and great food.


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Julie Miners - Financial Controller

Julie has spent most of her career in the telecommunications industry, both in the UK and here in NZ. She has a wealth of experience with performance management and strategic planning.
Now living locally, she loves the beautiful Wainui countryside and being a part of the Wainui team

Club Officers

Patron - Shirley Bawden

President - John Small

Men’s Captain - Ken Dixon

Men’s Vice Captain - Andrew Gibb

Ladies Captain - Gill Watt

Ladies Vice Captain - Diane Wright

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

Members of Board 2017 – 2018

  • Gary Colhoun
  • Sarah Dunning
  • Hamish Mitchell
  • John Swann
  • Jim Hare - Chair
  • John Small - Vice-Chair

Members of Golf Committee 2017 – 2018

  • North Harbour Delegate and Mens Captain - Ken Dixon
  • North Harbour Delegate and Ladies Captain - Gill Watt              
  • Ladies Vice-Captain - Diane Wright           
  • Mens Vice-Captain - Andrew Gibb      
  • Colleen O’Brien
  • Wayne Crawford
  • Jan Knight
  • Vicky Lambert
  • Ross Wright

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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