The Far North District Council established FNHL in 1997 to act as a vehicle for delivery of the Council’s commercial activities. It retains control through the appointment of an independent Board and its associated report processes. It is directed through its Statement of Intent which is negotiated annually with its shareholder (Far North District Council). The company report quarterly to the Far North District Council in open forum.
For the past ten years, 100% of FNHL’s trading surplus has either been distributed to the Far North District Council or reinvested in property and infrastructure within the Far North District.
The company has:
- Supported the creation of over 60 new businesses in Opua alone through its developments in the area.
- Secured the visits of 50 cruise ships annually, that carry around 70,000 passengers, by creating Waitangi Wharf as a Secure Port Facility (ISPS).
- Encouraged over 460 overseas cruising yachts per year to enter New Zealand at the Bay of Islands through the free Port of Entry provided at Opua by develop initiatives that welcome these visitors.
- Increased flights into Kaitaia Airport to two every week day by investment from Far North District Council and FNHL’s management as an airport authority.
- Developed the Bay of Islands Marina and been instrumental in leading the marina industry in New Zealand in raising environmental standards through the creation and management of non discharge areas, and spearheading the Clean Boating Programme.
- Assisted Far North District Council in providing and maintaining recreational maritime facilities across the district, such as Taipa Boat Ramp jetty, Kerikeri Stone Store Wharf pontoon, Waipapa Landing pontoon, Waitangi Boat Ramp parking upgrade and Hokianga facilities upgrades.
Ross Blackman (Chairman)