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.

Christina Persico

Senior reporter

Christina studied journalism at the Waikato Institute of Technology and started working for Stuff, based in Taranaki, in 2017. She has covered education, local government and district and High Court. One highlight was covering a seven-hour district council meeting, via video conference, during the first nation-wide covid lockdown, with the report making it to the following day’s front page. She left Stuff in mid-2021 and moved to Auckland’s North Shore. 


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.