For most of us a haircut is something we only need to worry about once a month, but for Shane Manuela of Green Bay Barbers it’s been an everyday affair for 22 years.
When set up in 2013 Green Bay Barbers initially catered just for men, but Shane saw the need to provide haircuts for the whole family, and now talented hairdressers Naho and Bobby are part of the team.
Shane has a strong belief in community involvement, and since coming to Green Bay ten years ago he has found plenty of opportunities to help out. From reading to kids at Green Bay Primary for an hour each week, to providing water bottles to junior rugby league clubs in West Auckland (Shane plays for the New Lynn Rugby League Club in the masters division), Shane enjoys lending a hand wherever possible.
As part of the Green Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association, Shane also helped to fund a garden project for the West Auckland Community Toy Library and provided the building materials for it. The result was an edible garden for the kids to interact with when they visit the library.
For Shane the barbershop is more than just a business, it’s a lifestyle that provides connections to the community that he and his family call home.
To see some of Shane’s work check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greenbaybarbers/
by Kerry Lee