Meet the Mighty Ape team

Nick Barrett
Marketing Monkey

As an amateur cook, Nick enjoys a good BBQ and reckons his grilled salmon is a total winner. Nick always has a project on the go, and his Imagistory App, which allows kids to create and narrate their very own picture books, has been an incredible success.

Simon Barton
Chief Gorilla

Founder of Mighty Ape and four other monkeys. Lover of cricket, coffee, excel, and hunting & fishing expeditions. Follow @simon_barton on Twitter.

Vicki Barton
Directors' Monkey

Famous for her super-human powers, Vicki takes care of countless tasks throughout the business while being Mum to four boys without raising a sweat!

Enjoys looking out for all Mighty Apers, making sure we are all focused :)

Cushla Benseman
Health & Beauty Gorilla

First and foremost Cushla craves chocolate and never says no to a rosé with her fellow monkey Stacey. Cushla loves staying active and often finds herself boxing, hiking, mountain biking and eating, which she really does consider a sport in itself!

Sam Boylan
Senior Customer Service Monkey

Sam watches a lot of movies and tries to go to as many concerts as she can. As a huge board game fan, her collection is slowly taking over the shelves in her room. She loves travelling and cats and especially loves seeing cats while travelling. She's the type you'll find making friends with the resident cats like a drunken snow white at parties.

Charde Burger
Trained Service Monkey

A bubbly, positive, happy human who loves animals and helping people. When she's not helping our lovely customers, you can find Charde on the mats training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In her spare time, Charde enjoys cooking vegetarian meals, going for walks, reading books, playing computer games and watching TV.

Duane Burger
Business Development Gorilla

Between work, play and daddy-daycare duties at home, Duane can be found buried beneath a ton of old tomes on lore and legend.

Kate Burgess
Clothing & Collectibles Gorilla

Kate is a huge fan of video games and loves The Witcher and Overwatch. She was born and raised in Auckland and studied Psychology at University. At any given moment you will most likely find Kate drinking coffee and looking at cats.

Alastair Burns
General Manager

When he's not carving up the skies performing aerobatics, or racing off to the next emergency as a volunteer ambulance officer; Alastair buries his head in medical texts with aspirations of joining the medical field as a doctor.

Amelia Burns
Category Assistant

Amelia is one of our category assistants and like many at Mighty Ape she's a gamer but also loves a great crime novel or quality TV drama; as well as kick boxing – so evil doers beware!

Siobhan Burns
Warehouse Monkey

Part monkey, part country music superstar, Siobhan loves her 6am starts at work, and playing hockey and softball. Her favourite tv series is Pretty Little Liars, and if she had to choose she’d call herself a Hannah.

Ben Campi
Cost Recovery Banobo & Category Assistant

Ben is a massive fan of Final Fantasy, Gunpla and Light Novels. After a busy day around the office and warehouse, Ben likes to spend time exploring the world of FFXIV or catching up on the latest Anime trends. Of course, he always has time for a bit of a baking once in a while.

Elliot Carrick
Warehouse Monkey

If he's not grinding away on Fortnite getting those Victory Royale’s!, then he's probably just spending some quality time with his favourite pals. He's genuinely sarcastic and no one understands what he's saying half the time

Stacey Collins
Book Gorilla

Stacey loves Harry Potter, dragons, angry girl music and thinks she's the cat whisperer. If you ever need to find her, just follow the White Rabbit.

A proud mum of two beautiful children.

Karena Copestake
Toys Gorilla

Karena works tirelessly to look after our Toys department! Karena is also an avid toy collector, with a stunning collection of Kidrobot, Tokidoki and all things strawberry.

Sam Corbeau
Accounts Gorilla

Sam is passionate about crunching the numbers. She spends most of her free time working on her accounting degree, playing taxi to her teenage daughter and walking her spoiled little pug dogs.

Brendan Craigie
Product Adding Monkey

A keen existentialist contemplating the universe. Brendan is a stealthy man who loves applying 5 stacks of deadly poison to his enemies, leaping through Portal puzzles and is a Wipeout Racing Purist.

Kai Crawford
Team Leader Bulk & Arrivals

Inwards monkey by day, Night Elf Mage in WoW by, well, night. If he’s not playing games though, Kai is often on the football fields playing for his club or making a loud racket with his music.

Shirl Deans
DVD & Blu-ray Gorilla

Shirl is often indulging in TV marathon sessions in the weekend. Her favourite TV shows are The Wire and Breaking Bad. She's a horror fanatic as well as a fan of Studio Ghibli films.

Philip Dickson
Customer Services Manager

Philip is big on reading and writing and holds an Honours Degree in English Literature. His favourite show is Steven Universe, which he's on his 5th or 6th run through of, and he has a large, permanent, stack of unread books next to his bed. As the manager of Mighty Ape's Customer Services Team, he is passionate about Mighty Ape's customers and all things Mighty Ape!

Aaron Dixon
Distribution & Building Gorilla

Aaron likes to come home after a long shift at the warehouse and play Dark Souls or Warcraft on his PC and PS4. His skills include acrobatics, which he practices weekly, and award winning Diablo 3 cosplay.

Connor Dodsworth
Trained Service Monkey

Connor is a college student with a strong interest in literature, philosophy, the classics, and acting. He's performed in several plays, and played the lead Falstaff in a Shakespeare production of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. In addition to working at pickups, he also helps run Magic The Gathering events every Friday night.

Sue Ellwood
Admin Monkey

Always willing to step up, lend a hand and do what it takes – Sue makes sure jobs get done and keeps the Mighty Ape office running smoothly. When she’s not working (very rare) Sue loves travelling and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Savannah Ericson
Social Media Monkey

When Savannah is not working, she enjoys immersing herself in beauty and clothing products, always looking for the best deals online. After hours she likes to catch up with one of her favourite TV shows, Walking Dead (Daryl Dixon) always trumping the rest. Also an avid pop vinyl collector… Pop Vinyls > Necessities.

Diane Fitzgerald
Customer Services Returns

I love reading, going for walks and listening to all types of music. Enjoy watching all types of sports on t.v from Tennis, NRL League, Super 15 Rugby, All Black Test’s and even Darts. I come from a big family who have played different types of sports but now we all only watch. Animals have a special place in my heart I love them all especially my little kitty Sammie

Robbie Fitzpatrick
Warehouse Monkey

When not at work Robbie can probably be found playing World of Tanks or Elite Dangerous on his computer. If he's not there he will be trying to think of something else to do. He will normally fail at this and then go back to playing games on his computer

Cameron Foard
Warehouse Monkey
Billy Garner
Dispatch Team Leader

Billy loves dogs, tattoos and the saga of darren shan (…back/1688308). In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, playing ps4 and half watching netflix series.

Simon Garner
Web Monkey


Andi Garnett
Content Editor

When he’s not furiously typing up content for Mighty Ape, Andi can be found shooting aliens in Destiny, binge watching anything from HBO, or taking cute photos of his two dogs, Loki and Nova.

Hayley Garnett
Toys & Boardgames Monkey

I love everything dragons and fantasy and read far too much manga. I enjoy relaxing with a good game or book or taking silly pictures of my dogs.

Roopa Grainger
Category Buyer

Food !!!! I like food With a youngster on the way …

Dan Grayson
Chief Category Editor

Secretly wishes he was Batman. When not preparing for the imminent Zombie apocalyse you will find him nodding his head to Deathcore with his nose buried in graphic novels.

Stacey Grayson
Home & Living Gorilla

Stacey tirelessly runs our Home & Living department and is constantly hunting for the latest trends and colorful home wares. When not browsing Pintrest, Stacey likes to curl up on the couch with her cats, watching the latest TV shows or reading comics by Robert Kirkman.

Leon Greeff

Affectionately dubbed ‘Jedi’ by his friends, this man can shred on the guitar, rebuild your computer with his eyes closed and is an all round awesome dude!

David Greig
Hobbies Gorilla

Our resident mixologist can typically be found buried under a stack of plastic & resin models, surrounded by an array of paint & glue or plotting the demise of the heroes who dared to enter his dungeon.

Ffion Griffin-Blair
Category Assistant

When not gaming or catching up on current tv shows (why do there have to be so many?!), Ffion can be found baking cookies or writing (unless she was dragged out to socialize). Quick to a smile, a good friend can be made by simply mentioning Doctor Who, Harry Potter or Pokemon.

Eddy Han
Accounts Monkey
Kashun Hara
Category Assistant

Kashun Hara spends his time inbetween being the most badass person ever playing esport games being a Dad, partner and eating fried chicken! :D

Matt Harman
Warehouse Monkey

When I'm not building computers or studying software development you'll usually find me playing games (both on stream and off) or going on cruises with the Tezza club. I listen to Heavy Metal music and you'll often find me trying to get to concerts.

Ruth Higgison
Trained Service Monkey

Ruth loves books, Otago winters & finding cool gift ideas.

Ashlee Hill
Trained Service Monkey

Outside of work, Ashlee loves to stay active. You may find her shredding the slopes with her skis or snowboard and riding the waves during the summer. She also adores animals, enjoys travelling the globe and being able to work with her family.

Brad Hill

When Brad isn’t looking at spreadsheets, you can find him adventuring outdoors (preferably in the water) or watching sport on TV.

Madi Hill
Trained Service Monkey

Sveiki, hei Hello! Madi loves to explore and experience the world, she loves being outdoors and to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.

Allan Hishon
Product Adding Monkey

A super proud father of two and friend to many, Allan is a keen collector of glorious hard cover art books and is an avid Hellboy fan. When not dreaming of giant robot and kaiju battles, you'l find Allan gleefully unpacking our latest goodies from Japan.

Graeme Howard
Graphic Designer

In his spare time Graeme likes to play kiwi developed ARPG “Path of Exile” and a multitude of fighting games. When not leveling up he can usually be found at a local underground Metal show.

Suzannah Howard
Web Monkey

When she's not in front of her computer designing or writing code, you'll find Suzannah in front of the TV playing games or watching sci-fi.

Polly Hui
Warehouse Monkey

Loves travelling and eating. Above all, enjoys all her time with her family

Nadine Hurley
Warehouse Monkey

Married (longtime) 2 Children, one living overseas. Nadine enjoys travel, reading -crime thrillers, walk most nights for an hour. Had played netball for a number of years and even tried ago at Belly dancing!! Enjoys a good glass of wine and time with the few family members she has in NZ

Akiyoshi Iwami
Japanese Product Gorilla

こんにちわ! “Otaku Samurai” came from Japan to introduce Cool and wonderful Japanese Products to New Zealand! Even lived nearly a half century, he is still watching animation,playing games, making Gunpla in his spare time. どうぞよろしくお願いいたし­ます(^O^)/

Matt Johansen
Trained Service Monkey

Matt loves playing Xbox games. When he's not doing that, he's either working on cars or pulling apart computers!

Che Kamariera
Social Marketing Gorilla

After hours Che manages award-winning Kiwi hip-hop artist David Dallas.

Shayden Knott
Warehouse Monkey
Ronald Ko
Rigs Monkey

Ron is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle. A man of few words and many smiles. Ron is our resident collector of niche import games and is amassing a rather large collection of fine statues and action figures.

Vicki Ko
Senior Customer Service Monkey

Queen of the Wheek. Mother of Pigs. Vicki is a huge animal lover (understatement of the year) who spends most of her time taking too many pictures of her four Guinea Pigs or trying to convince her partner to get her a corgi. On the odd occasion that animals aren’t at the front of her mind, Vicki plays Fortnite, spends all her money on Pop Vinyls, jams to her favourite Panic! at the Disco tunes and eats her weight in food. Heck. Follow her on Instagram here:

Shane Langley
Senior Developer
Shani Lawrence
Trained Service Monkey

A golden retriever at heart, Shani loves long walks on the beach, food, sleep, and making people happy. She is always keeping busy, and when not helping our customers, you can find her dancing the night away, cooking delicious food, or feeding her curiosity with books, scientific research, and cute animals.

Andy Lee
Computers & Electronics Gorilla

Casual gamer, sports fan, into fast cars, jack of all trades :P Plays hockey and bowls competitively. Will give everything a go once :)

Roger Lee
Trained Service Monkey
Daniel Leibbrandt
Category Buyer

A Star Wars fiend with an insatiable hunger for all things Sith and Superman. Loves getting lost in huge open RPG worlds and has a soft spot for FPS games ( mainly Halo). KILLTACULAR!

Kevin Liao
Marketing Monkey

Kevin is vegetarian grown up with Utada, dodge ball and Goku. He spent years learning Beethoven’s so­natas. His favourite game is: Bravely Default, because FFXV has been delayed for too many years. His room is full of LEGO and foreign novels. Currently bingeing on Penny Dreadful and the Last Airbender.

Tsai Lim
Art Gorilla
Matthew Londrigan
PC Tech Monkey

When he's not working on computers he's working on cars, turning pallet wood into cabinets or playing the guitar. He also loves doing a bit of web design & recently took up landscape photography.

Gracie MacKinlay
Chief Marketing Gorilla

Besides number crunching, Gracie also enjoys the outdoors gardening, dirt biking, diving ....... She is also prepping for her very first triathlon.

Rhys Marchant-Ludlow
Trained Service Monkey

Rhys is currently studying Mathematics and Physics at the University of Auckland. He loves anything electronic related, loves to play games and also solve puzzles. (He also really really likes the Haribo Sweet and Sour Gummy Bears).

Filomeno Martirez
Warehouse Monkey

Also know as Filomeno the Filipino. he likes to keep up with the latest trends in gaming, movies, anime, manga and anything else that catches my eye. Oh and did he mentioned his love for food, especially Korean BBQ.

Amita Meena
Warehouse Monkey

Amita was born and raised up in India and moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to explore new career opportunities. She has done Post graduate Diploma in Applied Management from EIT, Auckland. She loves to meet people from different cultures and knowing their unique traditions. when she goes home she loves to cook and spend time with her husband and learning new things on internet.

Rose Miller
Sales & Purchasing Gorilla

Rose is a busy mother to three boys and enjoys an occasional glass of red in front of a good book or DVD.

Corey Motion
Marketing Monkey
Scott Park
Accounts Monkey

During my spare time, I like to go out and play football with friends, go on some track walks, go on a trip and lastly eat PHO! I love Pho :)

Peter Parsons
Food & Drinks Gorilla

An oldskool gamer from way back & the guy everyone likes having around as he always has yummy food & drink samples on his desk. Loves hanging with his boy when he gets home & dreams about one day retiring in beautiful Waikiki & seeing his beloved Warriors getting their 1st Premiership!"

Ben Read
Social Media Monkey

Ben is a self-described Vegan cat worshipping nerd who yells at people for fun in his spare time – Check out his band Bridge Burner!

Rhiannon Ries
Product Adding Monkey

When she's not working, our resident Crazy Cat Lady spends her time immersed in Dragon Age and other fantasy RPG's, flirting with danger – and her companions! Loves vegan food, coffee, her 4 cats & collecting statues of pretty ladies. A proud mum of an adorable little lady born in April 2018 :)

Scott Ries
Inwards Gorilla

Spends too much time in MMOs and sandbox games not completing objectives. Webcomic aficionado. Collects cats, blames partner.

Now taking care of his adorable new lady in his life – born April 2018.

Matthew Ripley
Warehouse Monkey

Known mostly as Ripps, he's a huge fan of Star Wars, Rugby, and any sport that involves a board. He's accepting of the new Star Wars films but Darth Vader will always have a special place in his heart.His greatest fear is a Xenomorph.

Hamish Sandford

Outside of work you will find me obsessing over the NBA and everything basketball, especially Devin Booker. I also have a deep, emotional love for the Vodafone Warriors, which is unfortunate at times. Bananas are my staple food.

Kelsey Schroder
Warehouse Monkey

In her free time Kelsey takes photos, paints and looks after her many carnivorous plants. Loves Xbox gaming, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and is a Marvel movie and comic fanatic. And into kickboxing – watch out team!!

Terrance Shaw
Warehouse Monkey

Terence is a licenced Amateur radio operator and enjoys talking to other people from around the world on home brewed aerials and gear built from re-purposed materials; he also enjoys volunteering at his local church."

Gurlal Singh
Stock Management
Ashley Sorensen
Senior Customer Service Monkey

Mighty Ape's resident Meme Queen and Ranch Sauce Enthusiast, Ashley is a lover of all things pop culture! She is living her best life when she's at the movies, bingewatching a TV show, reading books and comics, or singing obnoxiously loud to music alone in her car. When not spamming her friends with only the finest quality memes, Ashley has dedicated her life to raising her tiny gremlin (Sorry, cat) named Luna.

Mata Stevens
Warehouse Monkey

Having recently joined the apparent cult that is PC gaming, Mata spends most of his time in Tamriel or hunting dinosaurs on ARK. His greatest accomplishment to date is having made Imgur front page twice in one week.

Craig Stevenson
Web Monkey

Craig hopes to one day end his quest to find somewhere to write a small description of himself. In the meantime, he is still the reigning Battleship champ in his house and would one day like to speak Russian. Большое спасибо

Joses Tan
Marketing Monkey

Hailing from Singapore, Joses spends his time away from the office engaging in the thrilling sport of airsoft, playing racing games on his Playstation and catching up on Netflix.

Jesse Te Rito
Trained Service Monkey

Loves to spend her weekends playing sport! enjoys volleyball, netball and does CrossFit to keep fit! Loves to bake and cook, always into trying new things! Loves to play with her dog and enjoys going out with her friends on a Saturday night! Enjoys watching Golden state warriors on TV ( Steph curry = Idol )

Tim Thompson
Warehouse Monkey

Tim is married with 3 kids. He loves spending quality time with his family and he loves travelling, exploring and getting outside. When he get some spare time he also enjoys hunting, fishing and playing computer games on his computer that he's forever building.

Marc Van Zuilen
Warehouse Monkey

Marc is an avid reader of Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. He is currently halfway through his second reread of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series and has just started a third attempt at finishing Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Kirsty Walters
Office & Stationery/Art & Craft and Baby Gorilla

A stationery geek – I used have a Pen collection when I was little! When she is not spending time with her family and getting down to the beach, you can find her behind a camera learning more about photography or playing around with all things arty crafty.

Jordan Whyte
Warehouse Monkey

Jordan's passions are Motorsport, reptiles and whales. Used to race karts and now a co-driver for the family race car. He has a pet reptile family that is slowly growing. Jordan also when I have spare time I like to study killer whales.

Kelsey Wong
Warehouse Monkey

Teaching myself digital sculpting and 3D modelling in ZBrush and Blender respectively.

Gary Wright
Champ Chimp
Andrew Wynyard
Trained Service Monkey

Huge sports fan, in particular Madden and NBA Live. Father of four…love family, work and sport!

Moana Wynyard
Category Assistant

Mo adores working for Mighty Ape tracking down releases and adding content. A busy Mum to two lovely girls, Mo likes to unwind having a good laugh and a couple of cold beverages with friends!

Kevin Yeung
Warehouse Monkey

Kevin loves reading and enjoy watching sports games