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Last updated 08:40 29/11/2012
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Former Daily News editor Lance Girling-Butcher with outgoing GM Mike Brewer.

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Mike Brewer has stepped down as general manager of the Taranaki Daily News to take up a new challenge.

Tomorrow will be Brewer's last day at the Taranaki Daily News, nearly 10 years after he took up the general manager's position at the daily newspaper.

Raised in Taranaki, Brewer will head to Auckland to become chief executive of Rhema Broadcasting Group.

Rhema is a non-profit organisation running three national Christian radio stations, Shine television and quarterly devotional magazines.

Leaders of the Taranaki community turned out to farewell Brewer at the Daily News offices last night.

Brewer said it was humbling to see so many fond faces come to say goodbye.

It would be hard to leave the friends and lifestyle he had in Taranaki but the time was right to tackle a new challenge, he said. "We get into a comfortable rhythm here in Taranaki and to break out of that is quite difficult," Brewer said. "We have it so good here."

Sometimes in life it was necessary to give up what you had in order to look forward, he said.

"Auckland is the unknown, it's a big step up and it's a big challenge."

Brewer said one of his proudest moments during his tenure at the newspaper was accepting a Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Supreme Business award on behalf of the division and the management team in 2005.

Fairfax central region business manager Wayne Graham said Brewer was always doing what was best for the paper, his employees and Taranaki as a whole. "He's always placed the interest of the region above anything else," Graham said.

Former Daily News editor and New Plymouth District councillor Lance Girling-Butcher said Brewer did a stand- up job of leading the paper.

"The importance of a good daily newspaper in a region like Taranaki can't be calculated," Girling-Butcher said.

Brewer's replacement is yet to be announced.

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