“When we started Ezibuy in Palmerston North we couldn’t have found a better place to begin our business. Manawatu is a great location for distribution and logistics with connections to major centres and regions in all directions. The family culture that is so strong in Manawatu became a big part of what our business was about. Palmerston North has been very good to my brother and myself and our families. This programme is a great opportunity to give back to the city that we call home. I would encourage any young person to look strongly at the opportunities that the city provides when looking for their career path and a great place to raise a family.”
As a former owner and director of EziBuy, Australasia’s largest catalogue retailer, Gerard is a well-known local business leader.
Up until recently he co-owned Max Fashions and was on the Board of Tui Products. Gerard is also a director in Palmerston North International Airport and a Regional Advisory Committee Member of the New Zealand Community Trust.
Gerard is passionate about sport – particularly golf, rugby and cricket. He is a former Wellington B cricket player and was on the board of the Manawatu Cricket Association for five years. He has been involved with the Marist Cricket Club since 1978. In late 2010 Gerard was appointed to one of NZ Cricket’s advisory committees to provide input on grassroots cricket.