Meet Nick

Having had great bosses in previous employment, it’s an awesome opportunity to try and be that for our future employees.

After spending 10 years away in Auckland and London the primary goal was to bring the family back to Dunedin. Having grown up here with everything the city has to offer it was a no-brainer to try and bring the kids back home.

Nova has been part of the fabric of Dunedin for 25 years. With an exceptional team of new and existing staff, our mission is to bring modern food and service standards to a fantastic customer base.



Meet Mat and Carlie

Resident Head Chef Mat Lewis also joined the business in August 2018. Mat brings with him over 20 years experience in the kitchen spending some of that time working for TV Celebrity and internationally renowned chef Michael Van De Elzen (author of The Food Truck Cookbook) and as Head Chef for Molten Restaurant in Auckland. Molten was the winner of numerous Metro and Cuisine accolades and awards throughout its time sitting comfortably at the top of the Auckland dining scene.

Mat has done an exceptional job revamping the kitchen and bringing a new menu to life and will continue to do so where our menu will change with the season.

Meet Carlie Paterson, our General Manager and head of exceptional service here at Nova since 2016.

Originally from Waikaia, Carlie grew up on a 3rd generation farm managing 3600 acres with beef, deer and sheep.

Let Carlie and her team look after all of your needs here at Nova where we strive to go above and beyond.