Hi, I’m Jo and you will find me in Reception working in Customer Service. I have worked within administration roles since I left school and I really enjoy this line of work.
I live in Tauranga with my husband, our 2 teenagers and 5 pets. I love spending time with family, tiki-touring, shopping and pottering around the house.
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Talofa lava, my name is Te’a and I am the Dispatcher at Starex. I am from Samoa and moved to New Zealand in 2001. My partner and I moved to Mount Maunganui in 2020 and live in Papamoa with our two boys. In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, keeping fit and spending time with my family.
Hi I’m Liz and I joined the Starex family in February as a customer service representative, following years spent running and owning my own business in the travel industry.
My role at Starex is primarily working with our customers, colleagues and suppliers to help create seamless processes from ordering, through to dispatch of our bespoke product range and custom pieces. As a team, we work well together and enjoy our time with an aim to have clients become raving fans, wanting them to come back for more!
For me, working with Starex allows a good work life balance, as I have a 10-year-old and live in the beautiful Mt Maunganui. The company philosophy and values are in-line with mine and it’s a pleasure to work here.
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Hi, I’m Heike and I am the factory manager here at Starex. I am originally from Germany, where I studied Cabinet Making. I came to New Zealand 14 years ago and soon after my arrival in NZ I moved to sunny Mount Maunganui. I enjoy the diversity that my role provides as well as being able to learn and grow alongside the Starex team. In my spare time I love travelling, socialising with friends old and new, pottering around the garden and eating good food.
Hi I’m Damien and I am a CAD technician and Designer at Starex. Having also worked as a Cabinet Maker at Starex when I first joined the company I am able to design furniture with assembly methods and efficiencies in mind. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea and moved to NZ 6 years ago. Back home I studied car design and I worked as a stage designer and an art teacher. After 5 years of a long distance relationship, my partner and I tied the knot. When we are not working hard in our roles we love spending time in nature, fishing, surfing, tramping and camping.
Hi I’m Morrie and I was born in Taumarunui where I completed a Joinery Apprenticeship at the age of 17. Soon after my studies I spent my OE working in various roles from apartment renovations to working at the Sydney Art Gallery. I have been with Starex for 3 years where I am kept busy in the Assembly/Dispatch area. I love to tinker with old classic cars, renovate, play golf & fish. I am married with one son Keegan (15yrs) and we have a 17 year old dog called Ollie.
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Hi I’m Dan, I work in our finishing area at Starex which keeps me very busy. When I’m not working at Starex I like to go Skateboarding (street) and Stand Up Paddle boarding. As you can see by my photo I like to draw to relax and drink the odd Single Malt whiskey.
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Hi I’m Jhony Rodriguez, I was born in Uruguay, South America. I grew up in a large family with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I have been in New Zealand for two years and have been working for Starex as a cabinet maker for 1 ½ years. Most days I enjoy surfing and running, but yoga is my passion. Painting and crafts are a hobby of mine and I love being outdoors with my friends. I also love the Shrek movie saga.
Hi I’m Shaun and I lead the painting and finishing department and am proud to be part the Starex family. I take great pride in ensuring that the upmost care is taken in the finishing and painting of all our products, nothing but the best for our customers! I am passionate about my music and playing guitar and love where I live here in the Mount, its such a great place to be.
Hi I’m Elinor and I am a Mechanical Engineer from Sweden. I have a background in the telecom and retail industry but am now thrilled to have a role as a designer here at Starex. I love to create inspiring play areas for children and multi-functional furniture. I find my son and daughter my greatest source of inspiration. I met my kiwi husband on a surf trip to Costa Rica and we got married in Bali in 2011. I relocated from Sweden to NZ in 2018 and have embraced the kiwi lifestyle with everything it has to offer. I love to run, surf and sew and I once caught a shark on a hand line.
Hi, I’m James and I work in Marketing for Starex. My main passions are learning languages (especially Spanish) spending quality time with mates and of course, sport and Football! I love working with Starex because it is a company with strong values at the heart of what they do. I love being where the Starex magic happens and seeing the business grow. Muchas gracias!
Hi I’m Ryan. Originally from sunny Marlborough, I completed both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington, joining Starex as a designer in mid-2019. Always one to think outside the square, I enjoy the problem-solving aspects of my role and coming up with innovative solutions to fit our customers’ needs. When I am not sketching ideas for new products, I can be found playing bass guitar, reading spy thrillers and historical novels, and keeping fit by running, cycling and tramping. I also used to work as a bartender and am the resident encyclopedia for cocktails and craft beer.
Hi I’m Matt and I am a Managing Director of Starex. I wear a lot of hats around the factory ranging from site visits, designing and quoting products, overseeing production, staffing & working on the floor. In my spare time I love playing football with my local club Tauranga City. I enjoy being at home with family, throwing arrows at a dartboard and savouring the odd craft beer.
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Hi I’m Steven and I am a Cabinet Maker in our Joinery department at Starex. I’m originally from Stratford in Taranaki. I’ve worked in the wooden furniture business since I was 18 as I always knew I wanted to work with wood. In my spare time I enjoy spending time at home with my wife and 3 year old son.
Hi I’m Mike and I work in our Engineering department as a metal fabricator. I joined Starex quite a few years ago now and I enjoy being part of the Starex team, lots of hard work but lots of fun too. I have called the Mount home for over 25 years and I have a beautiful daughter Caprice, and a very supportive mum. When I am not working or spending time with family I enjoy motor sport, fishing and mixed martial arts.
Hi I’m Simon, originally from the UK, I have been in NZ for 11 years and love it! I am a welder fabricator in our Starex engineering department. I love the entire companies attitude that our product needs to be perfect for every single customer. I love to be happy in a hard working environment. In my spare time I love salt water fly fishing around the Tauranga estuary and spending time with my partner and little cat called Mouse (I blame the RSPCA for the name!). I have recently just tried my hand at installing my own kitchen and am reluctant to use it now as it looks so good!
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Hi I’m Vlad and I am from the Republic of Serbia (South-East Europe), my wife and two lovely boys are blessed to have moved to this beautiful country of NZ. I am a Cabinet Maker/Joiner here at Starex and known to be the “craziest” guy on the floor. Everything I do in my life must be creative, to inspire me, to make me happy. If I am not being a taxi driver for my children, I enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, reading history and science, teaching math and chess.
Hi I’m Alan and I am a fully qualified engineering Patternmaker. I have been designing and manufacturing a wide variety of products for over 25 years. I am originally from the UK and emigrated to New Zealand in 2007 which is where my love for sports and Premier League football especially started. My wife Linda and I have 4 wonderful children and a dog called Archie who we love taking for regular walks.
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Hi I’m Karl, a self-confessed sheddie, always making something in the shed. I love working at Starex in the joinery department assembling the wide variety of products, and working with great people. I am originally from Wellington but my family have now called Tauranga home for the last 15 years.
Hi I’m Haydn, Melissa’s dad and now a part timer at Starex. I have a passion for music and as well as playing violin and guitar I’m learning the piano. I belong to our local Lions club and have served the community most of my life. I love spending time with my 7 grandkids and my dog Jake, and I’m a self-confessed sports fanatic.
Hi I’m Amanda and I love being a part of the Starex ‘family’ and have been a part of the office team working in accounts for the past 5 years. We have a lot of fun and laughs between all the hard work being done! I am originally from Gisborne but have lived in beautiful Tauranga for the past 23 years. Family is the most important thing to me. I live with my husband, Tim and we have 2 adult children and most of our extended family live locally so we are lucky to have this family support and fun family parties. Together we love to explore the great outdoors, tramping in the bush or riding our e bikes.
Hi I’m Jenny, proud mum of Melissa. I’ve been part of the Starex team since 2000 and have seen huge changes through the years not only in the business but in Mt Maunganui itself, which I have called home all my life. Family is everything to me and I’m ‘Nanny’ to 7 wonderful grandies. In my spare time I research family history, decorate cakes and love watching Coronation Street.
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Hi I’m Bruce, I was born in Taihape, NZ. I moved to Tauranga in 2002 with my lovely wife Philippa. We now have three cool boys, a dog and a cat. I enjoy biking, walking and exploring this wonderful place we call home. I really enjoy the challenge of running the Engineering department at Starex and love to have a laugh with the team.
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Hi I’m Heinz and I have 43 years’ experience in the trade. The joinery department, I like to say, ‘is the place where all the ideas of the customers & design team form their final shape’. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, bush walks & camping in out of way places with my beautiful wife.
Hi I’m Des and I like keeping busy in the engineering department, supporting the dedicated and fun team. We recently moved to the Mount for semi-retirement after farming/engineering/driving in the Waikato. I have been married to Sue (keen gardener and crafts person) for 42 years and have 3 children – Emma, Hayden and Rob along with 6 delightful grandchildren! Home includes Macy a Schnauzer and Rocky a Burmese to fill our empty house syndrome. To keep busy in my spare time I enjoy time with the grandchildren, beach walks, the odd longboard surf and mountain biking.
Hi I’m Melissa and I am a Managing Director of Starex. My responsibilities are vast and can include managing of projects and the day to day running of Starex, photography of products and people and projects such as websites and catalogues. I like to create a fun workplace and enjoy working with the great people at Starex, I’m often found laughing lots (and loudly) & snorting occasionally! I love being a mum of 3 beautiful girls & 2 fur baby Cavalier King Charles spaniels and I have a keen interest in natural health.
Want to join the STAREX NZ team? Send us an email [email protected] or drop in to see us, we LOVE meeting good people.