Your Shoes Matter ...

Terence Hohaia  (owner / cobbler)

With over 30 years experience as a cobbler, Terry is one of the best in the business. In 1978 his work as a cobbler began at Rose and Bartlett's, a small shop on Custom Street in Auckland. In 1982 he left for Sydney to work in one of Australia's oldest shoe repairs businesses - Falkinghams. This was owned by an Italian family who came from a long history of cobblers in Italy. It was here that Terry mastered the true craft of a cobbler.

Returning to New Zealand in 1990, Terry took over John Roberts Shoe Repairs in Milford. It was already a well established business owned by the cobbler John Roberts. Terry quickly built a strong customer base and a reputation for quality and excellence.

Terry is meticulous in his work and how he runs his workshop. He has developed strong methodologies and techniques that are unique to John Roberts Shoe Repairs. Outside of work Terry is a musician, loves fishing, surfing and dancing.

Iwi: Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui 



Jessie (shop assistant)

Jessie is our part-time shop assistant who is full of great advice on how to care for your shoes. She has a good understanding on shoe repairs and carrys out various jobs from hand stitching to replacing elastics on sling backs.

Jessie has recently completed a degree for Bachelor of Applied Science in animal management at Unitec and would love to work at Taronga zoo Sydney. 

Iwi: Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui 



Sam  (apprentice cobbler)









Terry's Cobbler Awards

2000 Master Shoe Repairers Association
Awarded Recognition and Understanding of Shoe Repair Materials


1997 National Shoe Repair Competition
Winner of Men's Leather Half Sole and Heel
Runner Up - Full Unit Soles
National Overall Champion


1995 Footwear Repairers Association of Australia
Certificate of Merit for National Shoe Repairing Competition


1994 Shoe Repairer of the Year Auckland Footwear Repairers
Men's Champion & Overall Champion