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Liquorland Whitianga has new proprietors

For Lance Popata, Renata Haronga and their family, it has been a big shift from Whangarei to Mercury Bay.  Since their arrival on 5 March, they have been coming to terms with the business but also settling into the very welcoming community.
 |  Stan Stewart  | 

Lance and Renata looking forward to meeting you.

When they first visited the business in the winter months, the weather was overcast.  Whitianga on a dull cloudy day is a different space to Whitianga on a sunny day.  Since they have been here, the sun has shone.

“Whitianga is beautiful,” Lance exclaims. We are very lucky to be able to call this place home.

Lance says, “We like to participate in the community in which we live.  When we see an opportunity, we like to give back to those who reach out to us.”

When Lance’s daughter attended netball and there was an appeal for a Netball coach, Lance stepped forward and is now coach of the team.  For Lance whose sports interests are rugby, league and fishing, coaching netball was something new. He started a few years ago when his daughter did not have a coach.  “It’s a great game and I’m glad to have the opportunity to contribute.”

Lance and Renata have three children aged 17, 14, and 9 who all attend Mercury Bay Area School.

Working together in various ways is not a new experience for Lance and Renata and in Whitianga, they are joint owners.  Lance has 16 years’ experience managing two Liquorlands.  Renata has experience in retail, working more recently in the banking sector and currently working part time at BNZ Whitianga.

With enthusiasm Lance and Renata talk about the people of Whitianga.  We have already met so many great people.  We feel very pleased we have made this move,” says Lance.

The two would like to thank the community for being so welcoming to their family

We are locally owned and operated, please pop in to say ‘Hi’ to Lance and Renata in Lee Street, Whitianga.

Liquorland Whitianga is on Facebook.