Who are we?
Like most Kiwi kids, Paul, Simon and Jonathan Kennett grew up with bikes, mucking about and cycling to school in Christchurch and Invercargill. It didn't take them long to latch on to the idea of using their bikes to explore tracks and backroads all over New Zealand.
In 1989, Paul and Simon toured and raced in North America. In 1990, Jonathan and friends became the first people to cycle across Nepal to Everest Base Camp.In 1991, the Kennetts wrote Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides. Fifty thousand copies and eight editions later, it is known as the mountain bike bible. The brothers have written a guide to road cycling, a series of biographies about famous New Zealand cyclists and a history of cycling in New Zealand. They also design and build cycling tracks. When the New Zealand Cycle Trail project was launched in 2009, Simon and Jonathan came onboard as advisers, and Paul provides website maps.
Simon now works at Greater Wellington Regional Council as a walking, cycling and safety adviser. When he is not riding his bike he organises cycling events such as the Kiwi Brevet. Jonathan is a project manager for the New Zealand Cycle Trail, overseeing the development of the Great Rides. Paul designs the Kennett Brothers' books and mucks about on bikes with his young son.
What do we do?
We've developed a number of products and services based around our two main passions; publishing and cycling. We also have a strong interest in environmental issues.
Find out what we're currently working on.
2009 to present: Working for the Ministry of Economic Development on the New Zealand Cycle Trail
2004 to 2011: Designed over 30 kilometres of dual-use cycling and walking trails
2004 to 2011: Written and/or published eight cycling history books including the acclaimed biography Tino Tabak: Dreams and Demons of a New Zealand Cycling Legend
1991 to 2011: Written 8 editions of the best-selling guidebook Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides
1998 to 2003: Managed the development of the award winning Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
1986 to 2003: Organised dozens of events, including New Zealandís premier mountain bike race, the Karapoti Classic
Phone: +64 4 499-6376
PO Box 11-310
Those in the publishing industry may like to know our SAN number: SAN 903-0425
I landed some 10 yards away on the broad of my back, and although there were very few abrasions from this sudden stoppage, I had the frightful feeling for a few seconds that my spine had been broken. From then on I was no longer a racing cyclist.
Hubert Opperman, on the Centenary 1000. Competing against Harry Watson.