The Team at Mainstreet Whanganui

During June and July 2020, the Mainstreet team have been working on three activities for our members. Running the AROHA LOCAL Campaign to encourage locals and now that we are at COVID – 19 level one visitors back into the CBD, we have been working with Council, Whanganui & Partners, the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce, Te Manu Atau – Maori Business Network and the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) on supporting local businesses and development of the Whanganui Business Economic Recovery Plan.

We encourage our members to access this support through the Whanganui & Partners website  - CLICK HERE.

Our team have also been working on bringing the CBD back to pre COVID – 19 lock down by cleaning, maintaining, and supporting the vibrancy of the CBD. 

The AROHA LOCAL Campaign 2020 has received an incredible response from businesses and the community. Mainstreet has rolled out the AROHA LOCAL Campaign that included print, digital, and radio with Media Works, NZME and the Rivercity Press along with several editorials and through our Instagram and Facebook pages. We also ran CBD voucher competitions with CBD businesses, installed billboards around the town, rebuilt our business directory and launched the new Mainstreet website Mainstreet will continue to build on the AROHA LOCAL concepts going forward.

I would like to say thank you to the Whanganui District Council, Whanganui & Partners and Russell Duggan from Bayleys Whanganui for their support with the installation and screening of the billboards. I would like also to acknowledge the work of our business promotions team and include a special thank you to the Business Promotions Chairperson Christina Emery along with the businesses that have come onboard with the campaign. 

Mainstreet’s next step is to roll out stage two of the campaign which includes #AROHA decals for the CBD business windows, additional print, radio and digital work and the launch of CBD business promotional videos. We will also relaunch our Members Forums starting in July 2020. Now that we are into level one, we can ramp up our planning for our events season starting with Heritage Month, Christmas Parade and building to Caboodle 2021. 

Thank you to the Mainstreet Board who have guided Mainstreet Whanganui through some challenging times over the last few months as we have all worked through the stages of COVID - 19. In a few months Mainstreet will hold its Annual General Meeting where there is an opportunity for member interested in running for the board in Mainstreet’s annual board elections. If you would like more information about the election process please contact me via email, phone or come in and see me or talk to one of the current board members who can be identified on the Mainstreet website.  Prior to the AGM and elections Mainstreet will recruit a Returning Officer to run the elections process.  

 As part of the ongoing support for businesses we really encourage businesses to reach out and access from Whanganui & Partners business support and educational resources through several webinars provided. There is a range of business support that can accessed through the Whanganui & Partners Regional Business Partners (RBP) services. Whanganui & Partners as part of the Whanganui Economic Recovery Plan have been hosting online meetings with local businesses to get input and ideas for a business led recovery in Whanganui.

I would also like to acknowledge the work of our other partners, the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Te Manu Atau Maori Business Network who will continue to work with us on the COVID – 19 recovery phases. The Chamber and Te Manu Atau have been very busy supporting their memberships with informational sessions with people who have bought a range of important and productive advice and support for local businesses. 

I would also like to acknowledge the Mainstreet City Maintenance Team, many who worked in CBD in essential services duties right through the levels. The full team is back and have put in a great effort to bring the CBD back to a pre-lockdown state. 
Most of the team work of cleaning and maintaining the CBD is done in the early hours of the morning. They have also replanted the gardens in the CBD and have just started stage two of the fairy light project which has seen fairy lights installed at the entrance to the CBD in Guyton Street with more installations in Guyton and Ridgway Streets to come. 

Des Warahi - Mainstreet General Manager

Des Warahi

General Manager

 Responsible for managing all staff, contracts and agreements &

writing & implementing

strategic plans.

How can I be contacted:
Feel free to email me at or
phone 027 222 6691.

I would love to hear from you

Julie McMaster

Operation Team Leader

I am responsible for all things operational in Mainstreet including preparation and maintenance of gardens, hanging baskets, management of cleaning and maintenance on the street; traffic management and management of all operational staff including Street Maintenance Officers and the painter.

How can I be contacted:

Ph: 027 331 1884 or

Diane Loveridge

Admin/Accounts and Payroll

I am responsible for the reception, administration, accounts and payroll.


How can I be contacted:

I can be contacted on 348 0157 between 9am - 3pm Monday through to Friday or email:

Geoff Follett

Member Liaison and Design

I design much of Mainstreet's publications & work with Tom on events & promotion planning. I can be found in the office or bounding down the street handing out newsletters or information flyers to members.

How I can be contacted:

Ph: 06 348 0157 or

Tom Langford

Communications and Events Leader

I’m the resident wordsmith responsible for keeping local businesses and organisations in the loop with regular communications. I also help spread the word about our beautiful CBD to people within and beyond the Whanganui region through social and traditional media. And I help organise and promote several local events – including The Fest of Cultural Unity and The Mainstreet Caboodle.

How I can be contacted:

Ph: 06 348 0157 or

Street Maintenance Team

Daily clean / Gardens / Maintenance

Our City Maintenance crew are a small team of hard working, dedicated staff who you will find in the city centre from 3am each day in all weathers 365 days a year. Cleaning streets, roads, toilets, maintaining hanging baskets, keeping our gardens to a high standard, and looking after general maintenance  is what they do with pride.

How we can be contacted:

Via Manager - Julie McMaster