POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Strong local business is critical to the ongoing strengthening of any city. I will work to make Whangarei an attractive option for new and established businesses, and encourage collaborative partnerships between business, iwi and other sectors.

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Grinning Gecko is a wonderful success story of locals who have followed their passion and are now making award-winning cheeses.

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Helping to grow Whangarei into a destination city is an ongoing focus for Sheryl Mai, with the Hatea Loop Walk being an important step in the right direction.

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The Growers’ Market has become a fixture of food retail and social life in Whangarei since it started in 1998.

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Much of Whangarei’s business historically involves maritime companies and for Oceania Marine, growing the business meant talking with local government.

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Mint Floral partners Jasmine Fuller and Bryce Williams were amazed that Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai took the time to listen to their plans.