Chartered Insurance Broker, Director
Matt’s a popular figure throughout Taupo having been insurance brokering in the area for the past 25 years. Married to Lisa with three school age daughters, Matt’s an avid motor-sport fan and in his spare time he’s never far from a hammer or saw – building an addition or renovating. Matt’s twice completed the Iron-man, enjoys mountain-biking & running and is the world’s greatest Will Ferrell (actor) fan!
One of only a handful of Advisors to be awarded “Chartered Insurance Broker” (CIB) status – the pinnacle of individual achievement in the Industry. He is a Fellow of the Insurance Broker Association of NZ (FIBANZ) and is tertiary qualified by a Certificate in Financial Services (Level 5) and a NZ Advanced Trade Certificate (Building).
Chartered Insurance Broker, Business Manager
Together with Matt, Andy started the company and divides his time Managing the business and Commercial Brokering. Married to Leanne and with five grown children living away, together they run a successful Bed & Breakfast in Taupo. A keen long distance runner, a pastime he shares in the pursuit of finding the ultimate craft beer. Andy admits to being a brave fan of Country music and never ever misses the Superbowl.
One of only a handful of Advisors to be awarded “Chartered Insurance Broker” (CIB) status – the pinnacle of individual achievement in the Industry. He is a Fellow of the Insurance Broker Association of NZ (FIBANZ) and is tertiary qualified by a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management (Sales & Marketing), a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Brokering), a NZ Certificate in Financial Services (Level 5) and a NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering.
Chartered Insurance Broker, Senior Broker
A former web-developer, Aidan complements the team as Commercial broker and our IT specialist. Aidan lives with partner Katie and their two daughters. When not at work he’s frequently found in the garage working with his Dad on his Mazda rotary cars and is a talented mountain-bike rider. He won’t admit it, but he’s also an accomplished cook and possesses the enviable social skill of reciting hundreds of movie quotes verbatim!
One of only a handful of Advisors to be awarded “Chartered Insurance Broker” (CIB) status – the pinnacle of individual achievement in the Industry. He is tertiary qualified by a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Brokering) and a Diploma in Business Computing.
Registered Financial Advisor, Senior Broker
Richard is a doyen of the Insurance Industry, having worked in it all of his adult life. He’s filled many and varied roles ranging from Senior Claims Officer to Commercial Underwriter for what is now Vero Insurance. Following that he has been a Senior Broker in two successful Insurance Brokering firms. Richard specializes in large Commercial risks and Professional Lines. Back home, Rich is the proud Dad to three daughters, he completed the inaugural Taupo marathon and his guilty pleasure is watching a good movie with a cheeky rum & coke.
He is a Fellow with the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Tertiary qualified with a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting), a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Human Resource Management), a Diploma in Financial Services (General Insurance), a New Zealand Diploma in Business and a Certificate (Level 4) in Financial Services.
MYOB – literally! Wendy comes from an accounting background having been self-employed in her mobile book keeping business for many years. Wendy is in charge of the MJIB Accounts and is also the happy face on reception.
Wendy has three grown sons and along with her partner Malcolm, enjoys fishing and mountain bike riding. Social tennis is also a high priority, a pastime shared equally with finding the preeminent Sauvignon Blanc.
A natural leader, Wendy’s vivacious nature keeps everyone calm and up-beat.
Christina is our dedicated Broker Technician, which involves assisting our team of Commercial Brokers. Her middle name is efficiency and she thrives on a busy environment. With all the selfie pics of her and partner Les overseas holidays stuck to the wall, Christina’s workstation almost resembles a travel agency!
Christina is the proud Mum of two grown children and her other passion is swimming – she immerses herself (no pun intended) in administration of the local club with the same professionalism and enthusiasm as she does at work.
Tertiary qualified by a National Certificate in Financial Services (Level 4)
Processing Team Leader
Andrea brings to MJIB an extensive background in office administration and competent data processing skills. She is in charge of producing all our documentation and her calm and relaxed nature is the perfect tonic in our open-plan office.
With two children having flown the coop, Andrea likes to spend time with her husband Eddie, reading, gardening, keeping fit at the gym and most recently putting the finishing touches to their new home. Andrea’s glass is always half full and she is always wearing a smile that makes everyone feel great!
Mary brings an enviable skillset of workplace Legal and Accounting knowledge. Together with Andrea, they are the engine room of the business and are responsible for producing all documentation.
Clearly Mary enjoys being challenged – and this is best witnessed in being a proud mother to five! Just like her husband Mike, hockey is her passion and she’s equally handy with the stick in her hand as she is in administering the sport locally.
Registered Financial Advisor, Commercial Broker
A former Policeman and Local Government Law enforcement officer, Ray’s eagle eye for detail and experiences in dealing with people are well matched to his role as a Commercial Broker.
Arguably less matched (!) is his adrenaline junkie pastime he shares with his two young boys – snowboarding, dirt-bike riding, BMX, scooter racing and all ball sports. You name it, they’ll be doing it! Married to Danielle, Ray’s a popular and active member of the Taupo community, and is a current volunteer Rural Fire Officer.
When there is time for a rest, like all good keen Kiwi blokes Ray can be found tinkering in his garage and mulling over respective attributes of a chilled beer and Irish whiskey.
A proud ex JAFA, Kelsey joined both our team and the Central Plateau after seeing the light (and the average house price!) in early 2017. Prior to leaving Auckland, Kelsey worked for NZI Insurance and complements our admin team with both her competent skill set and a serene and stress-free personality.
Making the most of what the Central Plateau offers, Kelsey, Nick and their young daughter enjoy exploring the many bush walks, nature and boating on the lake. No-one ever calls Kelsey the crazy cat lady, as three cats make not a crazy lady. For maybe, but not three!
Registered Financial Advisor, Domestic Broker
Ronya is our specialist domestic broker and is responsible for our clients’ House, Contents and Car insurance portfolios. Our most recent addition to the team, Ronya brings over 10 years of continuous domestic insurance involvement with two large direct insurers.
Outside the office, Ronya and her husband Wayne spend their free time driving their classic 1965 VW Kombi Camper van between choice beaches and VW club meetings. Proving insurance isn’t necessarily a policy contract, Ronya’s other passion just happens to be long distance running (!) and she’s proudly completed several ultra-marathons.
Possibly mimicking a bird of prey from his native Canada, clearly Nolan is slowly making his way south and has recently made Taupo his home after years of living in Auckland.
Nolan has worked in the Insurance Industry in both his homeland and New Zealand since the early 1990’s, bringing to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience. A very personable bloke, he will be there to help you and assist you throughout the claims process, ensuring you the best possible outcome and claims experience.
In his spare time Nolan enjoys reading a good book in front of the fire (plenty of those in Taupo Nolan!) and together with his wife Georgina taking a nice walk along the lake front, bush walks, or just checking out one of the many local eateries in Taupo.
Reception / Administration
Paulette is the lovely and cheerful lady that first greets you when you call us or pop into our office.
Proudly demonstrating a multi-talented skill set honed from years of small business administration, when not handling first line reception duties, she also complements our processing team responsible for producing all our documentation.
Tired of Australia’s miserable weather, Paulette and Grant were wooed by Taupo’s tropical climate and have recently made home here in the Central Plateau. Together they are both proud parents and grandparents, and not surprisingly family plays a large part of her life. Helping others is part of Paulette’s DNA and she is actively involved fundraising for the Taupo Coastguard.
In 1978 Bony-M’s Rivers of Babylon was at the top of the charts, NZ defeated England in a cricket test match for the first time and Shona began her career in the Insurance Industry. Since then Shona’s been especially successful in the industry, making many positions her own and always best utilizing her expertises in sales, marketing and recruitment. Prior to joining MJIB she was employed as an Insurance Broker, which she was able to liaise with customers on a more personal basis. Shona is a well-connected and popular figure in Taupo and she is a valuable addition to the MJIB sales team.
Married to Ray, they have a blended family of five children, eight grandchildren and two greats!! Shona enjoys singing in choirs, musical theatre, Ex toastmistress (now in a judging role) and keeping fit. Watch out for Shona as she is bound to come and see you soon!