Battle Judges

The following brave individuals are taking on the task of judging BarberCraft’s Battle of the Barbers. Not only are they all experts in their field – our judges all have proven their commitment to developing Barbering as a trade and actively mentor and support up-and-coming barbering talent.
Julian Maloney

Maloney’s Barber Shop – Auckland CBD

I started in the hair industry in 1987, signing up as a young apprentice in Auckland at the age of 16.  After completing my National Certificate in Hairdressing in 1991, I headed off to London. Becoming disillusioned with the conservative work environment there, I fell into barbering, where I discovered the man’s world of the barber shop. I experienced old-school banter, cut-throat shaving and the skill of hair art first hand. I’ve never looked back.

I returned to New Zealand in 1994 and spent eight years honing my skills in a traditional working class Ponsonby barber shop.  In 2003 I opened Maloney’s Barber Shop, with two chairs, in Auckland’s CBD.  Over the past 13 years we’ve expanded to three floors and a team of eleven, including two HITO apprentices.

Some recent highlights have been: winning several ‘best barber’ awards including the Metro magazine award, hosting the Schorem barbers, representing NZ at the Uppercut/Movember world record breaking shave off in Sydney, gaining my National Certificate in Barbering (through Qualification by Experience), and being elected to the HITO board.

I believe BarberCraft is the best opportunity we’ve ever had for like-minded Kiwi barbers to show off their skills, look and learn, and, most of all, meet their fellow barbers.  The NZ barbering industry is booming, and with BarberCraft we can be proud of our trade, set the bar for high standards and have a great weekend in the process!

Justine Nixon-Gaisford

Hair Technique – Whanagnui

I have been privileged enough to have been in this amazing innovative  industry for 27 years now and during my careeer I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and inspiring people and travel the world.

I was lucky enough to start my apprenticeship journey in a salon that had both barbers and hairdressers working, so I got the best of both worlds and qualified in both disciplines.

I am very passionate about our profession and I take exceptional pride in everything I do.

I have had the chance to work in a training provider and follow young barbers through their journey and loved watching them grow and gain their qualifications.

Currently I am working at Hair Technique in Whanganui training both barbering and hairdressing apprentices toward their qualifications.

Thanks for the opportunity to be involved in Barbercraft I’m looking forward to this amazing weekend.

Dempsey Alipia

Cutting Crew Barbers – Henderson

I started my career in barbering in 2002 when I attended ‘Mr Barber’s Training Centre’ in Auckland.  I completed their three-month training programme under the guidance of Neville Spence, before going on to work at Kim’s Cuts Ltd, Henderson in Auckland. In 2005, Kim’s Cuts was sold to Cutting Crew 2005 Ltd. Cutting Crew 2005 Ltd are a franchise, and I am now a franchise owner with them. I’ve run the franchise for ten years.

One of my biggest career highlights was training with Kimiora Taikoko (owner of Kim’s Cuts). Kimiora is one of the most skilled and passionate barbers I have worked with. Through Kimiora’s training, I have been equipped with the necessary skills and attitude to fulfil my dream of being an exceptional barber.  Kim did his apprenticeship under Terry Liddell, a Master Barber himself.

I’m excited to showcase barbering as a trade and career path through Barbercraft. I look forward to networking with other barbers and seeing how skills in this profession have developed over time. I’m excited to be part of this inaugural event that will acknowledge barbering as a highly skilled profession.

Peter Wells

Ali Babas – Wanaka

I have been barbering since 2003. Prior to that I was a qualified hairstylist in Tauranga. I got into hairdressing when I finished school in 1997. Hairdressing gave me a great foundation to my barbering career.

I moved to Wanaka for the ski season. While I was there, I had the opportunity to work at Ali Babas Barbershop. A year later I was still in Wanaka and the owner of Ali Babas. As the barbershop continued to get busier I needed trained staff. Back then barbers were as rare as hen’s teeth. To alleviate this issue I completed my National Certificate in Barbering in 2009 and started training apprentices to become qualified barbers.

I also started working with HITO as a barbering assessor. I eventually became a barbering technical advisor and regular contributor to the Forma magazine. Having the opportunity to work with the HITO team to make improvements to barbering training has been a highlight of my career.

I am excited to be a part of Barbercraft as it will be a great chance to meet other barbers passionate about the industry and to see NZ barbers show off their skills.

Thomas Houghton

Mr Barber Training Centre – Auckland CBD

I’ve been involved in the barbering industry for over 8 years. I’ve worked in various stores but am now employed as a fully qualified Tutor Assesser at Mr Barber Training Centre teaching the trade I love.

As a Tutor Assessor I teach and demonstrate barbering skills and techniques to students over a 12-week course.

In high school I always enjoyed going to my local barbershop (Keps) in Three Kings to get my mohawk mullet done and have a chat with the boys – I thought they had the coolest job. Feeling inspired I started doing home cuts for my friends after school and eventually realised I wanted to seriously go down the road of barbering so I applied to be a student at Mr Barber Training Centre.

A highlight for me in my career is when I get to see students recognising their potential and finding confidence in not only their barbering skills but also themselves.

I’m excited to see what BarberCraft 2017 has to offer. It’s a great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and to see the amazing skills coming out of the barber scene in New Zealand.

Vea Fonua

Barkers Groom Room

I’m currently the National Business Manager for Barkers Groom Room. I have over 10 years in experience. Have worked through all levels of the industry from apprentice to owner/operator. I owe my foundation of knowledge and skill to Neville Spence. Pule Tulisi is my main influence in the industry, and moulded me into the stylist I am today.

Guert Renzenbrink

Hair, Skin and Scalp Clinic – Papakura

When did I get into Barbering? That was 50 years ago. Gosh I have to remember!

As a person of the Vidal Sassoon era, the approach to Barbering was all about using precision cutting techniques to create shape and form – which is what I really enjoy!

Julie Dupree

Man Up Fine Grooming – Christchurch

Julie Depree is the owner of Man Up in Christchurch. Julie started Man Up in 2009, when she was inspired to make a change in her career. She says the salon just keeps getting better.

Man Up offers both hair and beauty services. Haircuts are their most common request, Julie says, but their customers are also up for a facial, wax or a manicure on a regular basis.

Julie currently employs a mix of senior staff and apprentices. Although their focus is on men’s hair, they also offer women’s cuts and colours. Julie herself has plenty of experience in both men’s and women’s hairdressing.

Developing her team is extremely important. Her staff are either qualified or on their way to being qualified, and Julie says it’s vital to her and her business that they achieve their qualifications. Julie herself holds a National Certificate in Barbering (Level 3).

Training happens every day at Man Up. Julie spends time training her staff, and she also looks for training outside the salon. She puts in the time to make her staff the best, and she expects her staff to put in the same effort.

Keeping a positive outlook and persevering despite challenges are vital for Julie and Man Up. It was this attitude that inspired her to start Man Up in the first place. She wanted to feel excited about the industry again, so she made that happen by starting her own salon.

Julie’s focussed on making her salon succeed. Although her goals for the business change regularly, her focus is always on doing what’s best for the business. She reviews her goals regularly and keeps focussed on success.

Michael Petrie

Cuba Barbers / Courtenay Barbers – Wellington

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