The beautiful young crew

Abbie Reid Bio

Abbie Reid

Studio Manager and Client Guru

Abbie Reid

Abbie’s daily to-do list is a long one. She takes care of our valuable clients, organises everything and everyone, and puts the “help” in Help Desk. A former journalist, you’ll find her fingerprints on all things written, from client advertisements and web pages to our social media accounts. Need something done in a hurry? Abbie is receptive to bribes including, but not limited to, wine, blue cheese and green tea. When not at the office she’s up in the Port Hills with her dog, Kevin or teaching a boxing bag some lessons.

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Abi Little Bio

Abigail Little

Commercial Manager

Abi Little

With a background in corporate and commercial law, Abigail delights in dotted i’s and crossed t’s to an extent the rest of us reserve for smooth deployments and long weekends. Abi’s role is to make all those things that need to "just happen" happen, so the rest of us can focus on the fun stuff.

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Al Duncan Bio

Al Duncan

Product Manager

Al Duncan

Here’s a guy who’s all about effecting change - ideally, big change. With an established legacy in improving the New Zealand health system, Al loves working with a passionate team on something meaningful. Whether it’s an exciting new project or a great idea, Al’s your man. He’s easily spotted on his cargo bike (not a “bike with a wheelbarrow on it”, by the way), or hitting the slopes of the Christchurch Adventure Park (with mixed success), and brings Primary School-level French to the table.

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Andrew Pitts Bio

Andrew Pitts

Creative Director

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Andrew Pitts

Andrew has a body of work to his name which most can only aspire to. He has the rare knack of being able to take an idea and distil it down to its raw ingredients, thus providing the basis for a thoughtful design. Andrew inspires our teams to constantly try new things and to evolve. He’s always inside the mind of the user, and ensures User Experience is at the core of everything we do. Andrew moonlights as the office DIY advisor, and when he’s not tinkling the ivories on his home piano he’s eyeing up his next home improvement project.

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Andy Wilkinson Bio

Andy Wilkinson

Full Stack Developer

Andy Wilkinson

Andy earned his stripes as a web developer with the UK Civil Service, where user needs were top of the agenda - a mantra he's happily carried forward. As well as enjoying building stuff and learning about building stuff, he's passionate about travel, rollerblading, and collecting side projects. After moving from London via Barcelona, he's quickly falling for life in New Zealand - skiing and mountain biking on his doorstep suits him down to the ground.

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Dominic Jarvis Bio

Dominic Jarvis

Full Stack Developer

Dominic Jarvis

Dominic went to University of Canterbury intending to be a Civil Engineer. Somewhere along the way he fell in love with software development. He did a graduate stint in development for customer relationship management systems, and is all about the JavaScript these days. A bit of a whiz in the kitchen, he’s promised a steady supply of banana loaf for the team and swears he will bike to work in summer.

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Ed Robinson Bio

Ed Robinson

Full Stack Developer

Ed Robinson

Ed is a vital member of the DevOps team, and plays a key role in supporting our production applications. He’s had a hand in almost every Media Suite project, and can jump into anything, any time. He is passionate about learning and mentoring and is the driving force behind the Media Suite Stewardship programme which provides one-on-one support for the team. He spends his down time preventing toddler-driven destruction, cooking with his family and is keen cycle commuter.

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Ersin Buckley Bio

Ersin Buckley

Full Stack Developer

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Ersin Buckley

The multi-talented Ersin is a jack of all trades, with a particular interest in open web standards, legislation as code, and is always committed to maintaining his work-life balance. He’s a dab hand in JavaScript, PHP, Python and Go. Ersin can frequently be spotted at local MeetUps and is a big believer in bringing the local tech community together. Check the surf forecast for his likely locale.

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Ewen Cumming Bio

Ewen Cumming

Full Stack Developer

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Ewen Cumming

Ewen is a seasoned web developer and frontend engineer. He has a background in systems engineering and is passionate about technical design, writing awesome code, and playing a leadership role in the development team. Ewen is a keen mentor to the next generation of coders, and is always championing the upskilling of the wider team. When he isn’t shipping code or helping his teammates you might find him playing guitar, juggling, brewing beer, running or spending time with his young family.

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Fiona Beaton Bio

Fiona Beaton

Administrative Guru

Fiona Beaton

A self-confessed “super cliched Canadian”, Fiona loves her chihuahua Megatron, ice hockey and goes all out for Christmas. She loves crushing her to-do list(s) and deftly combines a passion for detail with all things organisation and finances. She also plays the most important office role - Whip Cracker in Chief. A pro in pointe shoes, Fi has promised to teach the devs some ballet …

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George Wills Bio

George Wills

Managing Director

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George Wills

Kite Surfer, Glider Pilot, Yachtsman. George wears many hats but when he's not playing wind sports (or wearing hats) you'll find him pulling strings, peddling our wares and generally keeping the Media Suite's wheels spinning. While he has spent almost 20 weeks on crutches this year it has hardly slowed him down.

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Gorrie Coe Bio

Gorrie Coe

UI Developer

Gorrie

Raised in good old Timaru, Gorrie is now firmly entrenched in Christchurch, living in Woolston with his wife, young daughter and rescue dog, Ziggy. He loves a bit of CSS, JavaScript and PHP, with some Silverstripe experience in the mix. He’s all about big software projects and challenging problems to solve. Gorrie used to have hobbies, like running and gaming (all kinds), but since he became a dad, he’s more of a Lyttelton Farmers Market lover, playground enthusiast and pancake chef. You might spot him walking to work through the scenic Charlesworth Reserve.

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Greta Simpson Bio

Greta Simpson

Project Lead / Product Owner

Greta Simpson

Greta has more than 12 years experience in digital marketing, strategy, content and product development. She’s worked for small business, enterprise, and government, both here at home and further afield. Connecting people with digital experiences really floats her boat. When she’s not problem-solving at work, you’ll find her being a mum to the lovely B, drawing, walking, or getting her caffeine fix.

Greta

Hasan Rayan Bio

Hasan Rayan

Full Stack Developer

Hasan

Finally, someone’s moving from Australia to New Zealand! Hasan joins Media Suite from Perth, where he’s spent the last three years building apps and hunting for aliens (analysing and converting data from outer space for scientific research using computer software). This Syrian-born developer specialises in Python and Javascript, and has a history in business acceleration incubators in Dubai, satellite broadcasting and super-computing. Hasan is a former football player (now enthusiastic football watcher), movie lover and chess buff. His next stop is New Zealand, with his wife, two daughters, and a fish called Jack.

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James Brown Bio

James Brown

Full Stack Developer

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Avid scenic driver, craft beer drinker and casual ball player, James is a grad from the Enspiral dev academy in Wellington. He studied in 2016 and has been developing his skills in Web Development ever since. A Pom at heart (and genetically), James enjoys a good cup of “Yorkshire” tea, Dominos pizza (the UK version), and New Zealand’s lack of rain and cloud.

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James Pearson Bio

James Pearson

Resident Anthropologist

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James Pearson

As our resident anthropologist, James focusses on the relationship between people, systems and technology. Whether he's developing relationships with the tech community, tweaking internal processes or facilitating team meetings, James makes sure that people are considered with everything we do. When he's not in the office, you're likely to find him at the disc golf course (it's kind of like golf frisbee), fishing from his Canadian Canoe (even though he's American), or venturing into the southern New Zealand wilds with his partner, BB.

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Jonathan Hollingsworth Bio

Jonathan Hollingsworth

Full Stack Developer

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Jonathan Hollingsworth

Jonathan, who is surprisingly youthful in appearance, has decades of experience working as a software engineer and is an expert in software architecture. Affectionately known as Hollingsworth (or H, short), moved to the land of the long white cloud with wife Jo, in 2013. He is an Ember fanboy, with a fondness for JS and Python. A family man now, he aims to retire by 55 (hah!), is a keen bike commuter and loves a bit of workplace banter around the coffee machine.

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Jonathan Prince Bio

Jonathan Prince

Full Stack Developer

Jonathan Prince

Since he was a small boy Jonathan wanted to know how things work, this led to many hours spent taking things apart and sometimes putting them back together.

Nowadays there is less taking apart and more putting stuff together. His current weapon of choice is JavaScript.

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Joshua Vial Bio

Joshua Vial

Director, developer & mentor

Joshua Vial

Joshua has been a director and shareholder in Media Suite since 2004. His passion for social change and giving back led him to found Enspiral, a social innovations company, and Dev Academy, a 12 week program training web developers. Joshua provides strategic direction and mentoring to the development teams at Media Suite.

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Julia Tokumaru Bio

Julia Tokumaru

Front-end Developer

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Julia Tokumaru

Julia is the ultimate relationship counsellor, deftly ensuring design, UX and development play nice in all our projects. A CSS whiz, she’s focused on consistency and has a keen eye for detail, bringing practicality and flare to her work. Give her a problem, she’s sure to come up with the best fix! If she’s not eating, drinking or cooing over animal memes, she’s lounging in the sun with her dog, Spyro, or lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix with her dog, Spyro.

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Kaylene Wakefield Bio

Kaylene Wakefield

Business Analyst and Agile Lead

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Julia Tokumaru

Kaylene brings a range of experiences to her role at Media Suite - including being born in Taupo but surviving the better part of a decade in The Tron. Combine killer organisational skills with a knack for putting the technical into plain English, and you’ve got a stakeholder engagement expert with all her ducks in a row. Kaylene loves helping people to understand what we do, and why we do it. If she’s not out running, she may well be in the kitchen whipping up a cheesecake or having a somewhat one-sided conversation with her “big boned” cat, aptly named Mr Tubs.

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Kerry Gibbs Bio

Kerry Gibbs

Project Manager

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Kerry Gibbs

Kerry keeps track of what’s being delivered when, by whom and how we’ll do it. Kerry brings a wealth of experience in the digital, advertising and creative industries. Gaining knowledge dabbling in creative and UX design, development and 3D modelling, before becoming a Digital Producer then Project Director. In her downtime she can be found in Bottle Lake Forest with her dog, Ranger, skiing at Mt Hutt or indulging her inner petrolhead at motorsport events.

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Mark Stufart Bio

Mark Stuart

Full Stack Developer

Mark Stuart

Mark plays the role of tech lead with skill and is an Agile master with a love of Javascript-based technologies. He’s a dab hand in web, server and mobile development and can wrangle a group of devs like nobody’s business. Calm under pressure, Mark’s your man for project leadership, pipeline planning and Agile ceremonies. He’s all about living the Kiwi DIY dream, tinkering with his car, and hitting the outdoors with his family.

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Matt Lang Bio

Matt Lang

Full Stack Developer

Matt Lang

Matt is a man of many talents. He’s a DevOps team member, with a hand in our Support activities, while simultaneously providing development talent and ongoing services for our production applications. He’s ruthlessly efficient and one of our core developers who is equally well versed in JavaScript, Python and PHP. Matt’s a tiny house enthusiast and board game master who dabbles in a bit of theatre and is a keen home brew experimentalist.

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Mitch Statz Bio

Mitch Statz

Full Stack Developer

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Mitch Statz

Briefly a Costa Rican jungle dweller, Mitch has emerged back into civilised society with a partner and two dogs in tow. He’s spent more than a decade in the software development game, and is in New Zealand for his next adventure - it may or may not include putting our extreme sports industry through its paces. You’ll find this American on a bike, pounding the hiking trails or turning his hand to some PC gaming.

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Pete Banks Bio

Pete Banks

Business Analyst & Project Manager

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Pete Banks

Pete is able to give structure to complex problems, competing requirements and growing backlogs. His background as a business analyst and passion for building the right thing keeps our project teams (and our clients) focused on delivering true value. Pete is a Project Management Professional, Prince2 Practitioner and is also a certified Scrum Master.

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Sam Bailey Bio

Sam Bailey

Full Stack Developer

Sam Bailey

This cat-loving, number-crunching Aucklander left the big smoke for the good life down south, and now calls Christchurch home. A Computer Science and Mathematics graduate (with a post-grad on top), developer Sam is a guru in any code, is all about open source software and taking a load off with an episode of Futurama (he would be Bender, obviously).

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Sarah Pitts Bio

Sarah Pitts

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Sarah Pitts

Sarah is the creative genius behind much of our design and branding work. She takes complex ideas and turns them into visual masterpieces. Being a classically trained artist and a graphic designer, she brings a fresh perspective and divergent thinking to the team. Sarah spends her free time chasing around the rescue cat Louie, working in her studio, hanging with her kids and dropping into life drawing classes.

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Steve Liew Bio

Steve Liew

Support and Testing Manager

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Steve Liew

Steve heads up our Operations Team, runs the Support Crew, and ensures everything is hunky dory. He’s our testing whiz and plays a committed role in the development of the Media Suite company culture. If something’s broken, Steve makes sure it gets fixed. He’s a keen collector of Apple gadgets and keeps the office stocked with sugary goodness. You’ll find him out and about with his dog, Alfie, buying stuff for Alfie, or posting photos of Alfie. Steve loves Alfie.

Steve

Stu Craig Bio

Stu Craig

Data Architect

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Stu Craig

Stu has decades of experience as a Software Engineer, Technical Architect and Software Development Manager in the financial, natural resources, and government sectors. He has always taken on jobs where he could spend at least half of his time cutting code. Stu lives in Queenstown with his wife and small posse of very demanding cats. His current location means he can hit the ski slopes regularly, chop all the firewood he could ever need, and continue his diatribe on the state of society from the safety of his lifestyle block.

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Tom Fenton Bio

Tom Fenton

DevOps Manager and Software Developer

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Tom Fenton

Being tall, Tom has his head in the Cloud (think Amazon Web Services). An all-round troubleshooter, go-to guy, and Linux guru, the command-line-fu is strong with this one. When he isn't deploying to production, planning project infrastructure, or keeping our project lights on, Tom can be found splashing around in a nearby pool or ocean. His suspicious aversion to coffee makes him something of an office curiosity.

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Wayne Carter Bio

Wayne Carter

Full Stack Developer

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Wayne

Wayne has been in software development since computers were pedal-powered and Whanganui was the place to be. A Full Stack dev with specialties in Ruby and Python, Wayne has 30 years experience in private and government work. These days, he likes being involved in projects that have meaningful impact on people’s lives. An opera singer and flat white enthusiast, you’ll find him off on a biking holiday with his wife, or hitting the Canterbury roads, hills or trails.

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Matisse Bio

Matisse

Working Dog

Matisse

We took the dog to work one day. She’s turned up every day ever since. Known for gently greeting clients, stealth licks to bare ankles - and a deeply held suspicion of our milkman, Mati is clearly convinced every dog needs a real job.

Matisse