Setting up his own company was always important to Emmett Fanning, owner-operator of Mission Bay Electrical. So after experience spanning a wide variety of electrical work 10 years, the company was formed in 2005.
Emmett’s career started in Auckland in 1995 with specialisation in home automation, home theatres and industrial controls.
Completing his apprenticeship in 1999, he embarked on an OE which would challenge his electrical skills. In England he worked as an independent electrical contractor on some of the largest buildings in Europe. Citi Bank, (Canary Wharf) in London where he was involved in its heating and ventilation, mechanical and electrical services in addition to general office moving and installation including data, power and lighting installation. Similar roles with other iconic building followed at St Marys Axe, British American Tobacco and the Royal Court of Justice. Emmett also gained substantial experience in high-end residential developments too, with home automation including fibre optics lighting control, automatic blinds control, home theatre installation, intercoms, pool lighting and garden lighting. That knowledge was supplemented with work in new housing developments — projects of up 50 houses and 50 apartments, involving all stages of the projects.
During his time in the UK Emmett met his future wife, Toinette.
Professionally, Emmett looks back at the experience he gained in the UK with appreciation, learning the value of good workmanship and developing an eye for aesthetics.
Returning to New Zealand in 2005 with Toinette, he spent a few months assisting his former employer before setting out by himself, forming Mission Bay Electrical. The company now employs 5 expert electricians, as well as Toinette, who manages the office.
Emmett never wanted just another electrical company. He wanted to combine his technical know-how with some of the service elements he’d learnt about to provide a high quality, professional service. This implied not only following correct procedures to the letter, but completing work that left little or no visual impairment to interiors. It’s an area Emmett maintains a special interest in and an ethos he imbues into the work habits of his people. There’s often every opportunity to conceal wiring, or put holes in obscure places. Good quality electrical work is evident through design, safety and durability. It doesn’t need to be ‘on show’.