EP 53: Kim Rae of Stay Waiheke

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By June Ramli

From NYC To Waiheke


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Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes of DailyStraits.com. Our guest today, is New Zeland-based entrepreneur Kim Rae. Kim is a former New Yorker who worked in the fashion industry, at the likes of Ralph Lauren, before starting her wholesale clothing design and manufacturing business at the age of 23. Her business worked for large American retailers, Saks, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers etc to design and produce items or collections specific to their markets under their own ‘private labels. 
From there, Kim bought a round-the-world plane ticket with her husband, got married in Las Vegas, and decided to move to Waiheke Island to raise a family. 
She bought a vineyard and olive grow, Cypress Ridge, on Waiheke and was meant to slow down but once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur, and so in 2011 she set up Stay Waiheke. 
Stay Waiheke is ‘the’ accommodation booking agency team with a portfolio featuring some of the island’s most luxurious lodges, romantic hideaways, and boutique beachside baches to cover all price points.  Our chat with Kim today would revolve around her business and much more.
In this podcast, we discuss: 

  • Why she left NYC for Waiheke Island.
  • The challenges she faced as starting a business as a foreigner in New Zealand and 
  • Her advice for Americans wanting to follow in her footsteps. 

Without further ado, let’s watch and listen to the interview here: 

Watch our exclusive interview with Kim Rae of Stay of Waiheke.
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