For you | Beside You®
Mōhau | I tō taha

Hair & Barber New Zealand (H&BNZ) 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 hair industry standards.

H&BNZ is a Not For Profit and the only organisation in New Zealand that represents the needs of hairdressers and barbers in business today.

H&BNZ offers its members an array of great benefits (including an industry-only insurance only), from the latest industry information, a variety of networking events, seminars/workshops, plus much more.

The Associations 4 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

Co-Deputy Chair

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 ‘Advocacy’ 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.

Carol Hayward

Co-Deputy Chair

Carol lives in the beautiful small city of Whanganui, where she owns and works in her salon, Chonel Hairdressing. Carol has been hairdressing for 30+ years and has had many wonderful opportunities due to her chosen career. Carol enjoys “giving back”, so put herself forward to offer her experience and knowledge to the industry & the team at H&BNZ, and leads the association’s ‘Development’ pillar. Carol’s whanau is her everything and her 8 mokopuna fills her cup. Arohanui.

Joy Tracey

Joy is one of two external board members who brings wider skills to the board. Joy has a background in governance, strategy and business performance and enjoys working with membership organisations. Joy’s passion is to find opportunities and developing strategies to take the business into the future. When she’s not working she enjoys walking and grooming her standard poodle.

Leigh Catley

Leigh is the other external board member and is a Wellington based communications and advocacy specialist. Leigh’s governance experience includes holding board member roles for the New Zealand Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Guild and the New South Wales Public Relations Institute. Leigh’s career as an association executive includes working for the Employers Association of New Zealand, and both the Australian and New Zealand Press Associations, and now Federated Farmers of New Zealand as its GM Communications.

Teresa Stichbury

Teresa joined the board as she wanted to give back to the industry she loves. Teresa has 22 years’ experience under her belt and has explored many areas of the industry, from apprenticeship to education both as a tutor and technical adviser. When not working in her salon, Glenview Hair & Beauty, you’ll find Teresa on a racetrack, out cruising the streets in classic cars or at home with her partner, family and 2 dogs.

Wanda Menchi

Wanda has been in the hairdressing industry for 48 years, first as a qualified hairdresser then moving into education in 1997, and is currently the Programme Manager for the Cosmetology school at Weltec. Wanda is conveyor of the Te Pukenga Subsidiaries (public polytechs) Forum and sits on the Te Pukenga Steering Group for Programme Unification.

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.

Competitions Committee

Cathy Davys

Chair, Architectural Hair Design

Gina Mason

Headstart Total Body

Luke Kimiora

Maloney’s Barbershop (Barber)

Shilo Koroheke

Mancraft Barbers


Bev Jarvis

National Manager

Billie-Jo Hunter

Financial Coordinator