Buller District Council

Councillor John Bougen

Councillor and Chair of the Inangahua Community Board

John moved to Reefton in 2015 after nearly 40 years of adventures in hospitality and shopping centre developments, retail planning and high country farming. As a co-founder of the DressSmart factory shopping centres, and a boutique real estate company – Retail Solutions, he was involved in bringing some of the best retail concepts in the world to New Zealand.

Reefton has unleashed his passion for Heritage Preservation and restoration of historically important buildings. With a vibrant history seeping from every pore, Reefton constantly occupies his team in aiding the ongoing revitalisation of the last real town in New Zealand.


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