Fresh back into NZ, after 4 years of Mission and Aid work overseas, the De’Ath family were ready for a new challenge. The city centre of Whangarei struck them as requiring a fresh injection of life and loaded with potential. This coupled with a deep desire to continue to support aid work overseas, Bocky Boo Gelato emerged.
It’s very much a family affair with Chris, Ruth and all four children working in the business at various times and in varying capacities. Their youngest was pretty stoked to be a shareholder, aged 10 at the time. The employment of staff brought the dream alive. Bocky staff are known for creating a welcoming, fun, friendly atmosphere.
The business only knew three Covid free months. So the first 2 years were a rollercoaster as they re-invented themselves at every alert level to ensure the famous licks at Bocky were always available to anyone and everyone.
In November 2022 the second Bocky store opened in partnership with the van Berkel family. A family that share the same passion and ethos – a family business, create a fun place for friends and families and a desire to see mission and aid work supported. For the De’Ath family it’s extra awesome to have a store opening where they lived for 25 years.