In the late 1970's two men started a community newspaper. The Taupo ‘Weekender,’ as it is still known today, was born and ran for a number of years until the smaller format printed at Quality Print could not be sustained.
The owners of Quality Print at that stage were hard-working and from the trade.
In 1986 Shawn Vennell was employed as a Sheet Fed Printing Apprentice.
The business experienced growing pains through the late 80's and ultimately met with failure while trying to hold down two site leases at the same time during its move to the current site at 6 Runanga Street.
Following the company going into the receivers hands, Quality Print was re-created by an entrepreneur who had bought the building in a fire sale only months earlier, hoping that Quality Print would be a worthwhile tenant.
In July 1993 Rex and Rebecca Mathieson purchased Quality Print outright. An integral part of their business plan was succession and they involved Shawn in the idea that one day he could be a partner in the business, and seven years later this vision became a reality.
In 2008 Shawn and his wife Cathy purchased the Mathieson’s half share in the company to own it outright.