Meet the Team
Message from the Editor
Our experienced journalists are passionate and knowledgeable about the North Shore area and are looking forward to serving you. Local papers are a focal point of news for the community, and our team has the expertise to report on issues that affect local families and businesses and break news. For instance, national broadcasters, newspapers and other media regularly follow up stories and features they first came across in our sister paper, The Devonport Flagstaff.
The Observer Team
Managing Editor Rob Drent, a journalist for 25 years, has been at the helm of Devonport Publishing Ltd. since October 1997. He has worked in New Zealand and England on community, daily and Sunday newspapers, and magazines, including the Auckland Sun, Dominion Post and Sunday Star-Times. Rob first considered starting up a second paper in Milford/Takapuna 20 years ago and is thrilled to finally commence these plans.
Peter has had extensive experience in online advertising with classified listings sites (jobs and real estate) and built several successful online brands in Asia. He moved to the North Shore from Tokyo in 2015 and very soon realised that the number one media organisation in the community was Devonport Publishing. A journalism major from the University of Queensland, Peter is very happy to finally be able to use his credentials.
Jodi Yeats is an experienced journalist and editor, who joined the team in 2019. Jodi has a passion for local news and is thrilled to be part of a venture that is expanding into new areas. She brings with her experience and contacts from her time as editor of the North Shore Times, as well as former roles in journalism and as an editor spanning three decades. As a North Shore resident, Jodi is pleased to be able to continue telling community stories and holding officials to account on behalf of residents.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Liz is extremely proud to be part of the team at Devonport Publishing as Sales and Marketing Manager. Originally from the UK, Liz holds a BA Comb Hons in English Literature/Language and Theatre Arts and Drama (UK). an MA in Sociology and Anthropology (UK) and a Post Grad in PR (New York). She worked in London, Tokyo and New York in Marketing, PR, Event Management and Communications. Moving to New Zealand in 2006, she has been a resident in Devonport for 13 years, happily raising her 4 children here and is a dedicated member of the Devonport community. She joined the Devonport Publishing team in 2019 and loves her job! Outside of work and family life, she’s a keen thespian/singer, often seen treading the local boards, an intrepid traveller and glamper-vanner, gig-goer, avid reader, keen tramper, part time swimmer/scuba diver, biker… as many experiences as she can possibly fit into her busy life!
Brendon de Suza
Brendon is an freelance graphic designer and illustrator with decades of experience working with large international ad agencies and brands. The Rangitoto Observer is one of his many “illustrious” set of current clients which also include companies like Hitachi, Blackmores and Lincoln Wines.