About Us

Barworks Hospitality Group

Conceived in 2008, Barworks has become one of NZ’s largest hospitality companies, operating 20 venues Auckland wide.

In addition to our hospitality outlets, we have an established Functions & Events brand to provide our venues for corporate and social functions, along with event management and catering for off-site experience-centric events.

We run a unique model in NZ hospitality, helping others take an ownership stake in the business they run, with lots of our venues having a co-owner on site. It’s a hands on operation and serving thousands of customers every week, it’s safe to say we know what Aucklanders want.

We believe in people - everything we do is about bringing people together in meaningful and memorable ways. We recognise that the connection of our places and our people to the Auckland communities we exist in is paramount; communities form the backbone of our DNA.

John Hellebrekers | Managing Director

Hospitality has always been in John’s blood – his parents were hotel owners and he started at the bottom of the food chain as a trainee. He slowly worked his way up until he opened his first bar in Auckland, Degree Gastrobar, which is still a success 14 years on.

It’s John’s willingness to take a chance on people and recognize their character that holds him in high regard within the group. John’s passion, commitment and drive ensured steady growth within the Barworks Group, which has a unique and highly successful business model.

For John, it is all about the people, “taking someone from employee to business owner is the best part of the job; changing people’s lives.”


Andy Roberts | Operations Director

Andy Roberts began his relationship with Barworks in 2008. It was as owner-operator of The Flying Moa gastro pub that he earned his stripes in the hospitality industry. In 2011, he extended his partnership with the company, becoming a Managing partner. More recently, his leadership prospects have been recognized with a directorship role.

Andy has a background in law, practicing at Bell Gully in Auckland and at Linklaters in London and Paris.