Kindred co-working space innovators Misty and Siobhan have drawn on their own experiences to fill a market niche in Mangawhai

Co-working brings cooperation

by Andy Bryenton

When Misty Sansom and Siobhan Reid joined forces to help working parents with young children in Mangawhai, they discovered a niche in the local market for cooperative space and a collaborative approach. Now they’re ready to launch a new endeavour, taking this to the next level.

Kindred, Mangawhai’s new co-working space, is owned by Misty and Siobhan but is open to all business people to utilise if and when they need it. Siobhan has had a varied career, including corporate law, event management and high-end tourism. Misty’s background is in business and marketing, as well as operating an online personal coaching business.

Both have young families; Siobhan is mum to two young children, both under three years old, and Misty has an almost-four-year-old. The pair met through a local playgroup a little more than two years ago, in Mangawhai.

“Last year, I created a casual co-working group for parents with three others, as a way to address the issue of limited childcare in Mangawhai for those of us working from home,” says Misty.

“It worked so well but came to an end once the new daycare opened. I missed the connection and community of co-working, and felt like a dedicated co-working space would be perfect in Mangawhai. Our vision for Kindred is to create a professional space to work, connect and focus while staying aligned with the warm and friendly vibe that Mangawhai offers.”

Situated among picturesque orchard grounds with options to occupy a desk part-time or work from the space week long, Kindred provides professional surrounds and the chance to network, share ideas, host meetings and get creative. February is set as the launch date for this fresh initiative, which is already causing a buzz in the business community. Visit to express your interest in getting involved.