Meet the Team

Message from the Editor

The Flagstaff has always prided itself on providing the local community with insightful and relevant news and views. We like to think of this as, “News you can’t get online!”

Our experienced journalists are passionate and knowledgeable about Devonport. The paper is a focal point of news for the community, with the expertise to report on issues that affect local families and businesses and break news — national broadcasters, newspapers and other media regularly follow up stories and features they first came across in The Devonport Flagstaff. The paper has won more than 20 journalism awards.

The Flagstaff Team

Rob Drent

Managing Editor

Managing Editor Rob Drent, a journalist for 25 years, has been at the helm 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.

Peter Wilson


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 Devonport from Tokyo in 2015 and very soon realised that the number one media in the community was the Devonport Flagstaff. A journalism major from the University of Queensland, Peter is very happy to finally be able to use his credentials.

Liz Cannon

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. Devonport Flagstaff is one of his many “illustrious” set of current clients which also include companies like Hitachi, Blackmores and Lincoln Wines.