How did it come about? - It all began with Jeff Oliver, a man who never did anything by halves.
Jeff moved to Whangarei as a teenager and began working in the family business, Newberry’s Funeral Home. He’d always been a bit of a tinkerer, and the seeds were sown for Jeff Oliver Print (JOP) when his father bought a letterpress printing machine.
Much to his mother’s horror they installed it in their basement at home, providing hours of entertainment learning how to print all sorts of material for Newberry’s. In 1986 he opened for business in Porowini Avenue, and as the business expanded it moved to its present location at 24 Walton St.
A true Northland family business, JOP was started by Jeff Oliver, then his wife Judy Oliver joined the team in the administration department, making sure everyone was paid on time and right! Their daughter Jennie Oliver (now Cross), did her print apprenticeship under the watchful eye of her dad and then finally Dean Oliver also gave in to the pull of the print game and completed a successful print apprenticeship with a few ‘helpful’ words from popsy.
In January of 2011 Jeff passed away after a battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in the business he started over 30 years earlier.
Not content to sit back and watch his fathers business just carry on with the status quo, Dean was determined that one day JOP would become a household name, the first place you think of when you want to convert an idea into reality and a force to be reckoned with in the local print game. Now with his wife Hazel Oliver by his side they are a partnership to be reckoned with!
Today JOP holds a stake as one of Northland’s top printing companies with an awesome team of expert design and printers proud to have been helping local and national businesses succeed since 1986.
Here’s to Jeff Oliver – once a legend, always a legend!
The JOP Team has grown out of hard work and humble beginnings