La Nuova’s Community Spirit

La Nuova’s Community Spirit


Jun 11, 2019

When Brad Craig and the team at La Nuova Drycleaners in New Plymouth heard about Taranaki Retreat from one of their loyal clients, they knew they wanted to be involved. A valued client and owner of the Novotel New Plymouth, Phillip Brown is a huge supporter of the community sanctuary and it was with his encouragement that Brad reached out to the place that has meant so much to so many.

The retreat provides space for people from all walks of life, in all manner of situations and circumstances, to take a breather, to relax and reflect, to breathe and escape, even for a short time, from life’s harsh realities. It is a place where families and individuals can come and stay, free of charge, when times are tough. The support they offer includes overnight stays, caring, kind people to talk to, and a beautiful space to take the time to think clearly, make changes, and, possibly most importantly, rest.

Entirely reliant on donations, Taranaki Retreat was thrilled when Brad and the team at La Nuova offered to take care of laundering their linen. Even with the amount of guests and the turnover of bedding, La Nuova were more than happy to take on the load. They process on 12 tonnes of linen on average per day through their commercial laundry in Inglewood.

La Nuova opened in 1959 and were one of the founding members of Linenmaster, servicing the Taranaki and Wanganui regions and employing around 70 team members. Brad is third generation at La Nuova and began his career with the company in 2007.


“The Taranaki retreat does amazing work and it’s an important resource for the community. I could see how much work Suzy, Jamie and others were putting into this and thought we could make it a little easier for them if we supplied and cleaned their sheets and towels. It’s such a vital and important service in our local community. Taking away the hassle of all their linen requirements is just a small way we can support them and we are happy to do it."


Being in a position to offer support, no matter how big or small, is a privilege and La Nuova Linenmaster are happy to be able to support Taranaki Retreat, who appreciate every offer of help in their mission to make a difference and change the lives of many. The retreat is incredibly grateful to the entire team at La Nuova. In the words of the retreat, they are “ Helping us all when we need a clean sheet."