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Meet the Team

Business Whangaparaoa Inc developed out of an incentive of Future Whangaparaoa Trust to work in collaboration with the Trust, the Whangaparaoa Community Hub and local businesses to develop and promote business and community on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, from Red Beach to Gulf Harbour.

The business group consists of an Executive Committee of enthusiastic local business people keen to bring services and support to the local region. The current Committee is -

Chris Norris - Chair

Chris Norris

Chris is a professionally qualified marketer with more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of design and governance roles. Some highlights:

  • Customer Experience consultation for Noel Leeming
  • Brand Strategy for Telecom NZ (Now Spark)
  • Retail Brand consultant for Toyota NZ
  • Customer Experience Director for 360 Shopfitters
  • Creative Director for BRANDPARTNERS
  • Brand Strategy for Destination Orewa Beach
  • Brand and Communications Strategy for Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club Redevelopment
  • Brand and Communications Strategy for Silverdale Business Association

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Sarah Carr - Secretary / Business Activator

Sarah Carr

Sarah has worked on the Coast supporting and promoting local businesses and community with her business Linku2 Hibiscus Coast, for over 15 years.

Linku2 focus on affordably placing your links, on our pages, as high as possible in Google organic rankings for maximim reach for your business for those customers who "Google it" with a clear focus on local. As their tagline says Linku2 focus on supporting business and community to "Go Local, Grow Local ..."

Passionate about the area and keen to support local business growth Sarah sees her role with Business Whangaparaoa as a positive synergy with her own business. Sarah has been involved with Business Whangaparaoa since inception and as the BW Activator she is your first port of call for any queries.

Sarah Carr - 021 428 037 -  
Business: Linku2 Hibiscus Coast -

Business Whangaparaoa Activator contact -

Donna King - Treasurer

Donna King

Info to be provided

Donna King - 027 273 7352 - Email: - Web:

Gwenda Holster-Dowler

Gwenda Holster-Dowler, co-owner of TDS Security Ltd who tailor security solutions for residential and business servicing Rodney and Auckland.  I’m passionate about supported communities and hope Business Whangaparaoa will benefit from my event and funding background.  I’m connected to many local charities and groups and enjoy fundraising in my spare time.

Gwenda Holster-Dowler - Phone: 09 428 5887 - Business: TDS Security -

Betsy Kettle

Environmental education is the focus of the Trust that Betsy chairs.  The Sustainable North Trust (t/a Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste) has been working with Business Whangaparaoa on “The Green Scheme” for the past three years to promote businesses that take on climate change and zero waste actions.  About 20 businesses, including Evelyn Page Retirement Village, divert food scraps away from landfill to composting on an organic banana farm in the City to Farm project.  The Trust also manages the Council-owned, Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre and is supported by  Hibiscus Bays Local Board to run an Early Childhood Education project called ECO-ECEs.  Betsy is originally from the USA but is married to a Kiwi engineer and has lived in NZ for almost 30 years.

Betsy Kettle - Ph: 021 0826 8196- Email: - Web:

David Dennis and Danni Yu

David Dennis and Danni Yu, Photo Carnival

David completed highschool in Orewa and has lived in Whangaparaoa for many years, convincing Danni to move here in 2018.

Since moving and settling in the area the couple have been married here, had children and started a Photography business: Photo Carnival. This has helped build ties with the community and local business,

initially through event photography then later including professional headshots, weddings and more.

Outside of Photography and their creative gigs, Danni is also a registered Pharmacist and David has contract roles as an IT consultant.

David Dennis and Danni Yu - Ph: 021 179 1568 - Email: - Web:

Mario and Ulliana Lee

Ulliana owns and succesfully operates numerous hospitality businesses and her skills are in operations, recruitment, procurements and training and she would love to use her skills and knowledge to help and support other small hospitality businesses including recruitment, consolidation of resources and effective/efficient running of business. 

Mario has experience in numerous corporate executive roles in business and hopes to utilize his skill sets to assist small organisations in entrepreneurial strategies, supporting the growth and administrative needs and to develop and co-operate successful small business partnership ventures. 

Mario Lee - 021441790 - Ulliana Lee - 02102691849 - Email:

Jason King

Info to be provided

Jason King, King Locksmiths - Ph: 0800-55-79-79 - Email: - Web:

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