Meet The Team
Meet the people behind the launch of the West Franklin Breeze. Bill and Ngaire Deed are the publishers, they are also editorial contributors along with Kylie Hall and Tiffany Brown. Sarah Lamb is the sales consultant and Go Graphics do the layout and design.
After an absence of newspaper ownership for several years, Bill Deed is to publish this volume. “My heart has always been within this community,” he said. “My heart tells me I should try this medium again, but at times I wonder if it is the right thing to do.”
“It is not easy in the newspaper game at present with so much emphasis on social media and online presence. The number of the locals telling me how they miss the local rag, is what prompted me,” Bill said.
“The newspaper will be fully focussed on West Franklin: Waiuku township and the four rural mail districts. It will be published monthly to begin with.
“Initially our research has shown us a good level of business support for advertising and if this covers the production, delivery and other costs, the Breeze will be here to stay,” said Bill.
The name chosen is somewhat different to traditional newspapers.
Something refreshing and bright has been chosen for the newspaper’s title, one that also had some depiction of the West Franklin locality.
“Most always we have a breeze around here,” said Bill, “we hope it will be a breath of fresh air,” he quipped.
The newspaper is looking to residents, groups and organisations to make contact if there is a story to tell.
. . . te wairua hapori hapori — community heart, community spirit.
Bill has either worked for, owned or had an input into every Waiuku based newspaper except the Advocate of 1914.
Bill started his interest in newspapers when he was going to View Road School.
He used to call in to see his sister after school most days. Soon he found the paper bins, and he rescued offcuts of paper that he used to take home and write stories on.
I was born in the Franklin Memorial Hospital and have lived in the Waiuku district all my life. Brought up on a farm on the west coast, I enjoyed riding the beach and looking after all animals on the farm.
In July of 1997 we were asked to join the Waiuku & Districts Post where I became manager, a graphic designer, proof reader and eventually took over the front of office position.
I love West Franklin’s special mix of rural and coastal landscape, and the people and character of our small communities. I’m grateful to bring you the stories of our people and events in this unique part of New Zealand.
Stories have connected humanity for centuries and that’s why I love to write.
Through sharing a story, people feel connected, and in a world where there is so much disconnect, I truly believe feeling connected is important to all of our well-being.
Sarah is passionate about creativity, design and photography. She has a very good understanding of all the local businesses and how to help them with their advertising.
Call Sarah on 09 235 7835 if you want to advertise.
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