Store step of faith – mayor

Af­ter pain of the gorge clos­ing, open­ing store shows con­fi­dence in Woodville

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE CARLE´

Black Bull has come to Vo­gel

St in Woodville with a grand open­ing mark­ing the oc­ca­sion on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9.

Tararua mayor Tracey

Col­lis was there to cut the rib­bon along with lo­cals who turned out. She was im­pressed with the step of faith in Woodville.

Own­ers Ritchie Kawau and Teresa de Bries bought the bot­tle store which is un­der the man­age­ment of Black Bull. They trans­ferred their bot­tle store from the New Cen­tral Ho­tel to the new build­ing.

“The team at Black Bull Woodville are look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the com­mu­nity and will be help­ing to do­nate for com­mu­nity needs,” said

Teresa de Bries. “We have a cou­ple of other ideas to move for­ward on as well,” she said.

“Teresa and Richard have been ex­tremely gen­er­ous over the five years they’ve been here. So for me, it was im­por­tant to come and show that same sup­port back to them,” said mayor Col­lis.

“It’s been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney — the busi­ness was re­ally suc­cess­ful, then we had the clo­sure of the Manawatu¯ Gorge. And that hit hard and it hurt. It changed Woodville for a pe­riod of 12 months. That un­cer­tainty in peo­ple’s busi­nesses re­ally hurt. Ritchie and Teresa had just leased out the restau­rant and they had to make some tough de­ci­sions and choose not to con­tinue that. They had to look at ways they could rein­vent their busi­ness and cre­ate new in­ter­est.

“They’ve done that ex­tremely well. But that pain and un­cer­tainty, it takes a lot to go through and its on ev­ery­one’s lips as they come and talk to you about it.

Teresa and Ritchie have done an in­cred­i­ble job.

“They’ve had Coun­try and West­ern nights and quiz nights, they’ve been sup­ported by the com­mu­nity. And then to watch this come full cir­cle and see the cer­tainty of that road go­ing ahead and choos­ing to rein­vest, to bring in part­ners like Shavi and Mo­hini. And have another busi­ness on Vo­gel St, it shows to me the cer­tainty of the road, the con­fi­dence in Woodville, to make that in­vest­ment. I re­ally com­mend them for that.

“There’s been a bit of con­tro­versy about the bot­tle store and al­co­hol. This is a busi­ness that has a lot of rules and reg­u­la­tions around it, the po­lice are in­volved and there are li­cens­ing re­quire­ments. There’s a fam­ily func­tion on and they’re keen to buy lo­cally and be able to sup­port this busi­ness. When I hear com­ments like that, I’m re­ally pleased. Watch­ing the vir­tual fly­over and hav­ing a vis­ual in your mind what that new road is go­ing to look like is re­as­sur­ing. And then hav­ing the na­tional Land Trans­port plan come out and see that the fund­ing is there, it gives us an ab­so­lute cer­tainty that Woodville is go­ing to fly. The po­ten­tial and op­por­tu­nity is go­ing to be here in the fu­ture — its im­mense. Teresa and Ritchie have taken that op­por­tu­nity to have this here now, start­ing pre­par­ing the busi­ness with that op­ti­mism. So I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to­day.

“I’m go­ing to buy a bot­tle of Bollinger Cham­pagne — it’s go­ing to sit on my of­fice desk un­til that new road is built.”

In cut­ting the rib­bon at the front door, mayor Col­lis said “I’m ab­so­lutely priv­i­leged to open this.”

From left: Tararua Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Peter Johns, Black Bull Bot­tle Store and New Cen­tral Ho­tel co-owner Teresa de Bries, Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil mayor Tracey Col­lis, Black Bull team mem­ber Mo­hini and Black Bull Bot­tle Store and New Cen­tral Ho­tel co-owner Richard Kawau.

Mayor Tracey Col­lis cuts the rib­bon to open the new Black Bull bot­tle store in Woodville.

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