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Meet Auckland’s top hair and beauty talent

Meet Auckland’s top hair and beauty talent: Industry Awards finalists announced

23 September 2016
For immediate release

Auckland won’t be waiting until November to celebrate success at the 2016 Industry Awards. In fact, with nine finalists in various categories across the awards, September has been a big month for the city.

A joint collaboration between the NZ Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO), Kitomba Salon Software, and the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH), the awards celebrate hair and beauty’s best in business and training.

Hairnow on Apollo has been named a finalist in two categories: Boutique Salon of the Year and Best New Entrant. The Boutique Salon of the year category acknowledges successful salons with turnover of less than $600,00 per year.

Birkenhead’s Biba Salon are a finalist for the Sustainable Salon category, and Rodney Wayne Albany for Employer of Choice. Biba apprentice Alicia Andrews and Rodney Wayne Albany apprentice Gabby Harris are also finalists for the HITO Regional Apprentice of the Year award. The Regional Apprentice of the Year Award goes to seven hair and beauty apprentices from across New Zealand. Bettjemans apprentice Mackenzie King and Jan Waite Hairdressing apprentice Stephanie Campbell are also finalists for this award.

Salons Oscar and Co and Zurri Hairdressing also celebrated, with trainers Carrie-Anne Webb and Ruth Irwin becoming finalists for HITO Trainer of the Year. The HITO Trainer of the Year award acknowledges exception hair and beauty trainers working in salons around New Zealand.

Tom Murphy, Managing Director of Kitomba explains “the Hair and Beauty Industry Awards are divided into two areas – business and training. The Kitomba NZARH Business Awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the idea that being good at the technical and creative part of your job isn’t enough anymore, that our industry has great businesses, that we can inspire each other to excel and that recognising and celebrating business excellence and success is good for us all.”

The HITO Training Awards ensure business and industry success through apprenticeship training. HITO Training Awards judge and hairdressing guru Lyndsay Loveridge said:

“Every year there are stand-out entrants that truly make their mark. It’s an honour to judge the awards, and we’re excited to announce the finalists for this year and celebrate success in hair and beauty”.

Kitomba Salon Software is New Zealand’s leading salon and spa software provider and NZARH is the umbrella organisation for 15 Regional Associations run by hairdressers for hairdressers to maintain and grow hairdressing standards. HITO set the standard for hair and beauty training in New Zealand and manage apprenticeship training for barbering, beauty therapy, and hairdressing.

Congratulations to all the finalists, and thank you to everyone that entered.

The winners will be announced at the Industry Awards on Sunday November 13 in Auckland.

Please read on for a full list of Industry Awards finalists.

HITO Training Awards Finalists

HITO Regional Apprentice of the Year


• Alicia Andrews, Biba, Birkenhead

• Gabby Harris, Rodney Wayne, Albany

• Octavia Nee, Hermanas Hair Salon, Kerikeri


• Mackenzie King, Bettjemans, Auckland

• Stephanie Campbell, Jan Waite Hairdressing, Auckland

Waikato and Bay of Plenty

• D’Arna Lauder, Dreamers, Katikati

• Irihia Bourke, Morph Hair, Hamilton

• Sonya Stott, Colors Hair Company, Hamilton

Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay

• Giorgia Bastin-Lindsay, Vie Hairdressing, New Plymouth

• Michelle Ironside, MPhosis, Hastings

• Rebekah-Anne ‘Annie’ Reid, The Right Cut, Palmerston North

Wellington and Wairarapa

• Ashley Kibblewhite, Reds Hair, Porirua

• Elana McCarrison, Lifestyle Hair Studio, Kapiti Coast

• Tyler Sandbrook, Synergy Hair, Lower Hutt

North Canterbury and Nelson-Marlborough

• Ashlee Van Wijk, True Grit Hair Spa, Christchurch

• Jade Harrington, Cardells, Nelson

• Libby Morton, True Grit Hair Spa, Christchurch

• Samantha Downes, True Grit Hair Spa, Christchurch

Otago and South Canterbury

• Liana King-Biddulph, Moha, Dunedin

• Hannah Oxley, Do Hair, Invercargill

• Rachel Tong, Fred and Gingers, Invercargill

Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship

• Kiri Holmes, Lifestyle Hair Studio, Kapiti Coast

• Rachel Tong, Fred and Gingers, Invercargill

• Tamihana Ormsby-Aramoana, VIVO Angelsea Street, Hamilton

HITO Trainer of the Year

• Angela Enoka, Lifestyle Hair Studio, Kapiti Coast

• Carrie-Ann Webb, Zurri Hairdressing, Auckland

• Ruth Irwin, Oscar and Co, Auckland

HITO Training Salon of the Year

• Blow Hair Co, Tauranga

• Colors Hair Company, Hamilton

• H&B Hair Art and Beauty, Christchurch

HITO Tutor of the Year

• Minna Singh, Community College Southland, Invercargill

• Salina Murphy, The Hairdressing College, Palmerston North

Kitomba NZARH Business Awards Finalists

Grand Salon of the Year

• Fred & Ginger's Hair & Beauty Salon

• Hair to Stare at

• Morph Hair

• True Grit Hair Spa

• Zaibatsu Hair Art

Boutique Salon of the Year

• Hair Technique

• Hairnow On Apollo

• Ross and Co Hair Design

Employer of Choice

• Fred & Ginger's Hair & Beauty Salon

• Hair Technique

• Hair to Stare at

• Rodney Wayne Albany

• The Right Cut Hair and Beauty Retreat

• Zaibatsu Hair Art

Excellence in Marketing

• Hair to Stare at

• Morph Hair

• True Grit Hair Spa

• Zaibatsu Hair Art

Fastest Growing Salon

• Fred & Ginger's Hair & Beauty Salon

• Hair to Stare at

• Ross and Co Hair Design

Sustainable Salon

• Biba

• Colors Hair Company

• Hair By Ebony

• Mane Salon

Business Stylist of the Year

• Carla Thompson, H&B Hair Art & Beauty

• Dave Rogers, Morph Hair

• Kellie-Ann Lester, VIE Hairdressing

• Natalie McGovern, Rodney Wayne Bethlehem

• Nichola Miti, Reds hairdressing

• Nicole Christophers, VIE Hairdressing

Best New Entrant

• Fred & Ginger's Hair & Beauty Salon

• Hair to Stare at

• Hairnow On Apollo

• Rodney Wayne Albany

• Ross and Co Hair Design

Best Salon Design

• Hair to Stare at

• Halycon

• True Grit Hair Spa

• Zaibatsu Hair Art

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