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

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

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

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

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


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