Maina in the heart of Havelock North

Salmon Roll at Maina Cafe Havelock North Hawkes Bay

Wow, it’s been a hectic few weeks for Stu and I as we reflect on Maina’s first year and taking Stu back to his culinary roots as part of a trip to Melbourne for the annual stunning food show.


The Festival of Hockey is Coming

MainaMaking Coffee at Cafe Havelock North Hawkes Bay

The Festival of Hockey is coming to Hawke’s Bay next month and we’re pretty excited about it. Big sporting events really bring a buzz to the Bay and provide exhilarating, live entertainment. We seem to like watching sports here, though we don’t often get the top level stuff. There is an extraordinary number of youngsters engaged… Read more »


Village People of Havelock North

Counter service at Maina Cafe Havelock North

To get a feel for the Village People of Havelock North, take a table in a quiet corner of Maina café for a day.  Sometimes it feels like the whole Village stops by. Come early – that’s 7 on weekdays – when the gym bunnies bounce through, toned and glowing with good health, picking up… Read more »


And We’re Open!

Maina Cafe Havelock North Hawkes Bay

It’s official, Maina is open for business! It’s been nearly a month since we signed the lease on our little slice of paradise, and in that time we’ve done everything from painting fences to printing cushions, potting plants and pouring over paperwork. We were lucky enough to start with a great space, but one which… Read more »