From Dykehead to Whakatu
The Journey So Far
David's path to where we are today is quite unconventional. In fact, he didn't plan to start a global lighting business nor did he plan to settle in New Zealand. Being a natural adventurer and risk-taker meant anything could happen.
In 1976 across a marshy field, an old barn called Dykehead was renovated and turned into a workshop. After it was completed, David started to develop his business while also holding a part-time job as a forester on the local estate. David's skills and mind were developing and the home had become a safe haven.
Now many years later, David Trubridge is one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognisable designers. He is known for his kitset lighting and environmental activism. David Trubridge Ltd the company, has evolved since 1995: from David’s original studio-based practice, to now making everything in Whakatu, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Thirteen Thousand, New Trees
Maraetotara Tree Trust is a registered charity with the purpose to protect, enhance, and restore all 86 kilometres of the Maraetōtara (MTT) river. Since 2013 we have committed to annually supporting the MTT which is taking direct action in our local area.
Future generations will enjoy what we all took for granted as children; a place with clean water, native bush and birdsong.