Unfiltered Access - Meet the team: Henry Harrison

For the past four years, Henry Harrison has worked on the assembly floor of the Easy Access Co. factory, in the Northland town of Maungaturoto.  This is where the ladders, mobile platforms, bridges and portable stairs designed and fabricated by the 20-year-old company are assembled ready for dispatch. These products will be used for safely working at heights in a range of industries from construction to aviation maintenance, here in New Zealand and worldwide.

Originally from Kaitaia, Henry was raised by his mother and wider whānau.  Henry has fond memories of growing up in Kaitaia, Whangamata, Auckland and on the family farm in Pawerenga in Hokianga.  “My Grandfather, Bill Harrison was a main influence in my life and I appreciate the wisdom and hard work he shared with me,” says Henry.  

Bill’s hard-working ethic was clearly passed on to his grandson, who likes to keep busy and enjoys the sense of achievement from doing a good day’s work.  Having played rugby league most of his life, Henry continues to keep active with cross-fit and gym workouts, so the recent abrupt break from both his job and his fitness regime took some getting used to. 

Being part of the Wider Community 

But Henry didn’t stay idle for long as he was soon asked and agreed to volunteer at the Open Arms Day Centre in Whangarei.  Open Arms was developed in 2018 in response to the growing need for somewhere for the homeless and those living rough, or otherwise struggling to be able to shower, wash clothes, cook a meal and enjoy companionship.  Part of Henry’s role at Open Arms is to drop off food parcels to whanau who have been struggling through this pandemic.  


“It has been an eye-opener and a privilege to be able to offer back to our community, and to meet some really amazing people” says Henry. “The reactions on their faces are heart-warming, they are so appreciative and thankful.  What I like best about doing this work is that you have a sense of warmth to the soul.” 

While this experience has been immensely uplifting and rewarding, Henry says he is looking forward to returning to work and re-uniting with his mates at the factory.  

“I enjoy working for Easy Access.  The management look after their staff.  This is one job I have really appreciated and look forward to going to.”

Henry imagines his late grandfather, Bill would be proud of the person he is today, as we are sure are his Mum and whānau.  The mahi and manaaki shown by Henry at a difficult time for many is something to be admired and respected. Thanks Henry. Good job, Mate!


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