Hair & Barber New Zealand is the first port of call for government, media, hairdressers, barbers, consumers, suppliers and educators for all matters relating to the industry.

We are a not-for-profit and the only organisation in New Zealand that represents the needs of hairdressers and barbers in business today.

All our members are or have professional, qualified staff to meet New Zealand's highest hairdressing and barbering standards.

Our members get access to great member benefits, discounts on our quality business products and invitations to networking events, seminars, workshops, and much more.

We also offer professional guidance in answering questions that arise within the industry.

The Associations four Pillars of Strength are:

Advocate for better standards in the hairdressing and barbering industries
– Liaise with government
– Qualified Professionals
– Best Practice
– Qualifications

Provide the hair and barber industries with the best practice processes to grow business capability
– Quality + Care
– Membership
– Business resources
– Policies & Procedures

Promote and support creativity
– Live, Editorial & Online Competitions
– Hairdressing & Barbering Awards
– Seminars & Workshops
– Webinars

Develop our people through education & sustainable practices
– Training
– Education
– Professional Development

Meet the Team

Executive Board

Niq James


Niq has led a dedicated team to support the hair industry through the COVID-19 pandemic and a rebrand of the Association to Hair & Barber New Zealand. Niq believes in encouraging, challenging, and supporting our industry to be inclusive of ethnic, gender and social differences to achieve positive and prosperous outcomes, both socially and economically, for our owners, staff, their whanau, and wider communities.

As a business owner and international judge Niq knows the demands that face business owners and the importance of advancing your skillset to meet global standards.

Simone Jones


Simone joined the H&BNZ board as she wanted to see a change in the professionalism of our industry and felt what better way than to be part of it. Simone leads the association’s ‘Business’ pillar and is passionate about “making it easy” for our members to access resources, information and support. She understands how busy it is to work full time in the hair industry, look after your team and run a business. Simone works in her salon, Headstart Total Body, with her team of 7 and when she’s not working, you’ll find her spending time with her family.

Jess Corbett

Jess has wide range of experience, having been a salon owner, hairdressing tutor and now Head of Premier Institute of Education New Zealand, helping to shape the next wave of future stylists.

Jess is currently sitting on the WDC Advisory board for the Beauty therapy qualification reviews.

Her passion lies in education with a focus on helping bridge the gap between education and employment ensuring the voice and feedback from industry is always heard.

Jess is excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the other members of the executive board to create the best environment we can for hairdressers and barbers to thrive, and is incredibly interested in what the new qualification being launched will do to improve our industry and the information we can share around this topic with association members.

Jeremy Scarle

Jeremy started his hairdressing career 17 years ago through an apprenticeship in his hometown of Taranaki. Mentoring and training apprentices have been a passion for many years, giving him a well-rounded understanding of the qualification and the importance of striving to be qualified and Jeremy is also an Industry Assessor. Based in Auckland, Jeremy runs his own business, Coiffed by Jeremy Stuart and his spare time is spent training in competitive Ballroom and Latin American dancesport.


Bev Jarvis

National Manager

Billie-Jo Hunter

Financial Coordinator

Natalie Small

Membership Coordinator