Paper Plus Group

Paper Plus Group originally started in 1983, and is now New Zealand's largest book and stationery retailer with over 115 stores nationwide. The Company operates three retail brands - Paper Plus, Paper Plus Select, Take Note and a sub brand known as Paper Plus Office. It is known as the Paper Plus Group.

The Paper Plus brand has become an iconic retail brand within the NZ Market. With over 100 stores there is a location from Kerikeri to Invercargill.

The Take Note brand has 13 stores throughout New Zealand - all locally owned and operated. A number of the stores have a full NZ Post agency and many incorporate Kiwi Bank services and Lotto.

Paper Plus Office is a B2B stationery brand offering a full range of Stationery, Technology and Art and Craft products to the small business, with the ability to operate a business account on a monthly basis. The brand is supported by local stores and online.

Paper Plus NZ is the only retailer to operate the Fly Buys Loyalty programme throughout its nationwide chain of stores under the Paper Plus Brand.

Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to the Paper Plus Group website. You've arrived at the home of a proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated organisation.

We are a true Kiwi success story, having grown from humble beginnings to become one of New Zealand's largest Books and Stationery retail businesses. I believe that it's our people, our knowledge, and our passion for our business and customers that sets us apart, and has got us to where we are today. The Group has never ceased striving for excellence and seeking chances to provide its members with opportunities to take us successfully into the future.

As an organisation we have exceptionally high standards, and see ourselves as an integral member of every one of our communities. Ours is a simple formula, and one we will continue to develop well into the future as we carry on meeting the needs of our customers.

Maurice Kidd
Chairman Of The Board
About Us

Vision & Values

Our purpose is to inspire people to live bigger lives through literacy and learning, gifting and giving, and enabling business. This is what drives our decisions and direction. At the core of this, our values drive how we fulfil this vision

We're passionate about making a happy team, loyal customers and win/win partnerships.

Our Brands

The Paper Plus Brand

Paper Plus

The Paper Plus brand has become an iconic retail b... Read more
The Paper Plus brand has become an iconic retail brand within the books and stationery industry, with high visibility and recognition throughout New Zealand. Today, Paper Plus continues to grow with a combined turnover in excess of $100 million a year. Paper Plus is well represented throughout New Zealand, and has a strong presence in both city and provincial centres, with over 100 stores between Kerikeri and Invercargill. Our stores are all locally owned and operated' which means we have a real connection to our local communities, schools and businesses. Many of our stores supply local communities with their NZ Post and Lotto requirements, whilst a few incorporate Toyworld stores. Read less
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The Paper Plus Brand

Paper Plus Select

The Paper Plus Select brand enjoys the same iconic... Read more
The Paper Plus Select brand enjoys the same iconic brand status within the Books and Stationery industry in New Zealand. Part of the overall Paper Plus chain, our Select stores have a selected range of Books, Stationery, Cards, Paper products and associated gifts. Just like Paper Plus, only smaller. Read less
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The Paper Plus Brand

Paper Plus Office

Paper Plus Office is a B2B stationery brand offeri... Read more
Paper Plus Office is a B2B stationery brand offering a full range of Stationery, Technology and Art and Craft products to the small business, with the ability to operate a business account on a monthly basis. The brand is supported by local stores and online. Read less
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Take Note

Take Note

In 2000, the Paper Plus Group acquired Topline and... Read more
In 2000, the Paper Plus Group acquired Topline and Paper World stores and combined them under a new brand called "Take Note". Take Note has been an important part of local communities for many years, offering real personalised service, delivering customers essential services along with a great range of books, stationery and gift ideas.

As part of New Zealand's largest specialist Stationery and Books Group, Take Note now has 13 stores throughout New Zealand. A number of our stores now have a full NZ Post agency and many incorporate Kiwi Bank services and Lotto - all part of meeting the needs in the local community. Take Note stores provide local solutions and product enabling people to stay in touch, with friends and family and with what's going on in the wider world Read less
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Company History

In 1983, some important things happened in little old New Zealand. Princess Diana, already on her way to becoming a pop-culture megastar, visited with Prince Charles and baby Prince William, who obligingly played with a Buzzy Bee in front of the world's media. DD Smash was the Band of the Year, and songbirds Brooke Fraser and Hollie Smith were born. Joe Rokocoko, Piri Weepu and Luke McAlister were born and turned out to be great rugby stars. New Zealand's star allrounder, Richard Hadlee, tore a hamstring on the eve of the lucrative and much anticipated finals series with Australia and was forced out of the side.

Also making its way into the world was Kiwi retail icon the Paper Plus Group (initially named Nationwide Stationers), which began as a cooperative of just five book and stationery retailers. By the following year, it had 62 members. The level of growth and brand exposure was so high that by 1987 a rebrand had already become necessary and the Paper Plus brand was launched into the national retail scene.

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In 1983, some important things happened in little old New Zealand. Princess Diana, already on her way to becoming a pop-culture megastar, visited with Prince Charles and baby Prince William, who obligingly played with a Buzzy Bee in front of the world's media. DD Smash was the Band of the Year, and songbirds Brooke Fraser and Hollie Smith were born. Joe Rokocoko, Piri Weepu and Luke McAlister were born and turned out to be great rugby stars. New Zealand's star allrounder, Richard Hadlee, tore a hamstring on the eve of the lucrative and much anticipated finals series with Australia and was forced out of the side.

Also making its way into the world was Kiwi retail icon the Paper Plus Group (initially named Nationwide Stationers), which began as a cooperative of just five book and stationery retailers. By the following year, it had 62 members. The level of growth and brand exposure was so high that by 1987 a rebrand had already become necessary and the Paper Plus brand was launched into the national retail scene.

It wasn't the only thing going on in that watershed year: along with the stockmarket crash, 1987 heralded the first Lotto draw, the first New Zealand heart transplant, the first feature film by an unknown director called Peter Jackson, and the adoption of Maori as an official language.

In 1997 the brand was refreshed and updated to give it more consumer appeal and a more modern look resulting in a new Paper Plus brand logo launched to the market. Fly Buys, a brand new loyalty program also launched in the New Zealand market in 1997 and Paper Plus was one of the founding retailers to join the program. Fly Buys has now grown to be one of the most successful loyalty programs worldwide and Paper Plus has remained the only book and stationery store offering it.

The Take Note brand emerged in 2000 from the Group's purchase of the Topline and Paperworld brands, concentrating on cards and stationery as a counterpoint to what has become the increased books focus of the flagship Paper Plus brand.

On the 21st July 2008 Paper Plus Group celebrated an inspirational 25 years in business with a gala week of celebrations in Wellington.

In 2011 the Paper Plus brand went through a radical overhaul to bring it into the new modern era of retailing. With new store designs, brand colours and ranges, along with keeping the heritage of the Paper Plus Family spirit, the brand took a giant leap forward to become the iconic brand it is in the market today.

As a 100 percent New Zealand-owned Company, Paper Plus Group has a strong presence around the country, where we have inspired many local communities. We are proud to support Literacy and Learning throughout the country, through various charitable and community organisations. Our stores owners are proud to be working and living in the local community and contribute to local economies. The Group is proud of the legacy it has achieved so far, and how it has helped inspire New Zealanders to achieve great things.

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Franchise Information

Today Paper Plus Group is one of New Zealand leading providers of books with Paper Plus.
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Investor Information

Information For Prospective Investors in Paper Plus New Zealand Limited
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Our People

At Paper Plus we're passionate about inspiring people live bigger lives. We're a cooperative organisation operating like a franchise network, with a Board consisting of owner members and independent directors, who bring strong business acumen and extensive experience to the table.

Company Directors

Maurice Kidd

Maurice Kidd

Chairman of the Board
After an extensive market search, Maurice Kidd was... Read more
After an extensive market search, Maurice Kidd was appointed as an Independent Director to the Group Board.

Maurice brings with him substantial experience as an advisor and, in many instances, as a director to a number of public and private companies. Maurice has a finance and investment background with extensive governance experience. He has held senior positions in New Zealand and international organisations. As well as Paper Plus, his current directorships include: Solution Dynamics Limited (Chairman), Molemap New Zealand Limited (Chairman), Image Centre Limited (Chairman) and East Pack Limited.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Read less
Katie Treneman

Katie Treneman

Director
After finishing her Commerce Degree, Katie spent 6... Read more
After finishing her Commerce Degree, Katie spent 6 years in commercial and chartered accountancy roles.

Katie returned to the family business thirteen years ago, after travelling overseas, and now owns and operates Paper Plus Howick with her mother, Bev Winstone.

Katie enjoys boating, water skiing and snow skiing. Read less
David Moir

Chris Lumsden

Director
Chris has managed Paper Plus Wanaka since the 30 y... Read more
Chris has managed Paper Plus Wanaka since the 30 year old business joined Paper Plus Group in 1998.

He had a 14 year career in Banking, primarily focused on business lending. This was followed with 2 years as an owner operator of a Shell Service Station franchise prior to his move to Wanaka.

An active member of his community store noted for combining fundraising with frequent extra curricular activities such as author events. He spent several years on the local Chamber of Commerce and the last 6 six years as a director of Book Sellers New Zealand. Read less
James Grant

Doug Grant

Director
Together with his wife Denise, Doug owns and ... Read more
Together with his wife Denise, Doug owns and operates Paper Plus Gore.

Born and raised in Southland, he left the area in 1986 and travelled NZ and Australia extensively through his work in tourism. After a 3 year O.E. to Europe, he returned to NZ to continue in tourism management.

Doug has held past positions of President on NZ Tour Drivers Guild, Chairman of Eastern Southland Chamber of Commerce and presently sits on the Gore District Council, which he has held since 2012.Within the Gore community, he holds seats on the St James Theatre Trust, and the Dolamore Trust. Read less
Stuart Gunn

Stuart Gunn

Director
Coming from an academic background of economics, c... Read more
Coming from an academic background of economics, computer science and geophysics, Stuart has finally found true vocational satisfaction in the book and stationery retail sector.

Stuart purchased his Te Puke store when it was an independent, joining the Topline Group which was acquired by Paper Plus in 2000 to form the Take Note brand. He has since rebranded to Paper Plus.

Stuart spent five years as a director of Paper Plus (2002 - 2007), and chaired the Books & More Liaison Committee as these stores were assimilated into the Group. Read less
Alastair Kerr

Alastair Kerr

Indepedent Director
After an extensive international search, Alas... Read more
After an extensive international search, Alastair was appointed as an Independent Director in August 2016.

Alastair has held many senior executive roles internationally with organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Virgin, The Body Shop, L'Oreal and Williams Sonoma Inc, in a career spanning 35 years.

As an Independent Director, he has extensive governance experience and has been on many boards across many different geographies and sectors. He is currently chair of J Murphy and Sons, a $2 billion construction business based in London, and operating in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US. He is also a Director of Fuller Smith and Turner PLC, the brewers, operating in London and the South of England; and Sara Group, a French Lebanese family consumer business, operating across the Middle East. He has also been Chair of Arran Arromatics, a Director of Fenwick Ltd., and White Stuff Limited, as well as being a Public Member of Network Rail in the UK and a member of The Body Shop Trust.

Alastair has an MA Hons degree from the University of Glasgow. Read less

Executive Members

Sam Shosanya

Sam Shosanya

Chief Executive Officer
A qualified accountant and law degree holder.... Read more
A qualified accountant and law degree holder. Sam has extensive retail experience in the UK through the Sainsbury's Group. He has senior leadership retail experience across Marketing, Merchandise, Finance & Supply Chain. His NZ experience includes Whitcoulls, Borders, Life Pharmacy and The Warehouse Group. Read less
Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer

Chief Finance Officer
Since completing his Articles with KPMG and q... Read more
Since completing his Articles with KPMG and qualifying as a chartered accountant, Gary has held various senior finance roles with leading international and national companies across a variety of industries. Read less
Lyle Hastings

Lyle Hastings

Group Marketing Manager
Lyle first entered the retail sector some 20 ... Read more
Lyle first entered the retail sector some 20 years ago as a management trainee having previously graduated with a commerce degree. He then went on to learn everything about the retail world, from the shop floor through to Retail Management and Marketing. During this time he gained a post graduate degree in Business, majoring in Marketing. Having worked for major retail brands such as Farmers Department stores, Westfield Shopping Centres, Health 2000 and now Paper Plus, he has a passion for the industry and a wealth of retail knowledge. Read less
Megan Webster

Megan Webster

Group Merchandise Manager
An experienced retailer, Megan joined the Pap... Read more
An experienced retailer, Megan joined the Paper Plus Group in 2006 and has held a number of senior management roles. Previous positions include management roles at Warehouse Stationery and OfficeMax. Read less
Mandy Kennedy

Mandy Kennedy

Chief information officer
Mandy has worked as a management consultant w... Read more
Mandy has worked as a management consultant with both Accenture and Ernst and Young, across Europe, the US and New Zealand. More recently, Mandy has worked in Programme and Project management roles, in both business and IT across a range of industries, including retail distribution and financial services. She joined Paper Plus Group in August 2016, having previously worked for ASB, The Warehouse Group Financial Services and CES (part of The Warehouse Group). Read less
Andy Kean

Andy Kean

Group Operations Manager
An experienced international retailer who has... Read more
An experienced international retailer who has lived in New Zealand since 2001. Andy has an extensive business background including roles in Multichannel and Operations. He joined the Paper Plus group in September 2015, his previous posts include senior roles the Warehouse Group, Whitcoulls and Woolworths. Read less
Jacquie Dabrowski

Jacquie Dabrowski

Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer
With over 20 years of merchandise and marketi... Read more
With over 20 years of merchandise and marketing experience, Jacquie thrives on the dynamics and challenges of a fast paced retail environment. She has a diverse background as both a supplier and retailer across convenience, FMCG, specialty retail and pharmacy channels. Jacquie has previously held roles at Shell, Whitcoulls and Life Pharmacy. Read less
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Postal Address

Paper Plus Support Office
PO Box 97 063
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand

Physical Address

Building 5
17 Lambie Drive
Manukau
Auckland 2104
ph. +64 09 262 2486
fax. +64 09 262 3869

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Advertising and Marketing Feedback: e. marketing@paperplusgroup.co.nz
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Store Operations Feedback: e. operations@paperplusgroup.co.nz