December 24, 2020

Jo May lives in Manly, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in Auckland’s north, with her partner Reon Paterson and their six children: Cody 14, Mary 13, Boston 12, Sylvie 10, Jessie, 8 and Macy, 6. “We are a blended family so I have two sons and four step daughters.”

She is the Business Development Manager for Smith and Sons Renovations and Extensions which she owns and operates with Reon.


A typical morning at my house is…I will get up early to make all the lunches. I will generally bake muffins or make sushi for their lunches then they’re all up and its cereal, yogurt, fruit and toast.

Our favorite Te Atatu Toasted cereals are…Coco Crunchies are the kids’ favorite, I tried to make them myself but I get so busy and Clare’s cereal just tastes way better. I like the Paleo muesli for myself.

I love Te Atatu Toasted cereal because…Well, for one it’s delicious and it’s important to me that the kids don’t eat too much processed food. Clare’s cereal has very few ingredients and, most importantly, no emulsifiers. You can’t avoid heavily processed food these days but it’s important the kids learn to make their own good food choices. I am a really crazy busy working mum and I respect what Clare has managed to do with her business so I want to support hard-working caring Kiwis.

I eat it with…I put my paleo cereal in a shake with almond milk, honey and a banana.

The best thing about signing up for a subscription to Te Atatu Toasted is… It comes every month and when I run out I send an email and Boom!, it appears at my door.

If I’m not eating cereal for breakfast, I’m having… If I don’t eat cereal for breakfast, I’ll be honest, just a long black coffee.

I believe the key to good health is…Good nutrition and balance.

Other boutique NZ food brands I love include…Bread and Butter bakery, the best sourdough bread!

My next holiday will be to…Christmas holidays with the kids in Rangiputa, Northland

My favorite restaurant or café is…Manly Bar and Grill, never fails us

2020 has been a strange year - what has been the best thing about the new challenges you have faced?Home schooling, I have a new respect for teachers.

And the worst?Seeing really good small and local businesses close their doors due to lockdowns, mostly in the tourism and hospitality sectors, is really sad.

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