It all started back in 2009, when director Carl Arnold saw an opportunity. He knew a thing or two about kitchen design and manufacture, and decided to make quality kitchens accessible for New Zealanders. Carl was ready to challenge the ways things were done, and even a global recession couldn’t stop him.
Well, it worked - today, we’re industry leaders, offering the best of kitchen design, processing, manufacturing and installation in the Auckland region. And the kitchen sink. The best thing? We make it all right here in New Zealand using the finest materials. We’re in it for the long haul, which means making sure the whole whanau is happy, and that includes you. This is a family business, after all.
Greg is our General Manager. Greg gained his Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Marketing and Management before jetting off on his OE to the UK. Greg applied his skills by working in the UK for some highly successful Sales and Marketing teams for 10 years. Greg has brought the experience and knowledge he gained back to New Zealand and has been working his magic at Kitchen Mania ever since.
Carl has been involved in the woodworking industry for 30 years. For many of those years he travelled regularly to Europe to study the latest manufacturing techniques and technology involved with kitchens and furniture. It was this experience and knowledge that helped him set up the very modern, efficient and competitive manufacturing facility that we have achieved at Kitchen Mania.
Jesse's skills and craftsmanship are second to none. There isn't a problem that Jesse can't solve. Jesse has fine attention to detail and leads a team of people who are passionate about their workmanship and proud of their product.
Steve comes from a background in cabinet making and installation in Australia. Steve's knowledge is a great asset to the Kitchen Mania team. Steve has fine attention to detail and you can be rest assured that the product you receive will be to the best standard.
Chris is a determined and motivated member of the team - with a great spirit. He is our team motivator both in work and at our corporate events. Chris is a natural sportsman and has competed in both Ironman and world championships triathlon events. Chris applies this hard work and determination here at Kitchen Mania and gets a real buzz out of designing kitchens that his customers love.
Cathy is the life and soul of the office and has organisational skills to boot. Cathy is your first point of contact and will assess how best Kitchen Mania can help you into your new kitchen.
Cathy comes from a 20 year background in primary school teaching but for many years has looked after the administration and accounts for Carl - they make a great team!
Mark has a background in industrial and interior design. He has been in the building industry for over 11 years and is very experienced in working closely with clients to achieve their design dreams. Mark loves the kitchen design process and thrives off finding the right story for a space so that his clients always end up with a kitchen that they really enjoy. In his spare time Mark enjoys travelling, reading and walks on the beach with his wife and teenage daughter.
Anna gets a real buzz out of creating practical yet stunning kitchens that her customers enjoy using every day! Anna has always had an interest in interior design and has many years' experience in kitchen design. When Anna grew up, her family was involved in the kitchen manufacturing industry in Christchurch. Anna studied accounting, finance and marketing at university but design is where her real passion lies. Anna classes herself as a "bit of a foodie" and enjoys trying out new recipes! In her spare time Anna loves catching up with friends and family, and getting outside for a walk or a paddle board.
Dom loves engaging with his clients and working hard to achieve a favourable solution for every project. Dom’s experience in kitchen design, together with his broad range of skills gained in previous building industry and property roles, contribute to his ability to be able to see the big picture and deliver on the finer details at the same time. In his spare time, you’ll find Dom on the footy pitch, golf course or kicking a ball around with his kids.
Tracey loves working closely with her clients and making their kitchen dreams come true! Tracey has a Bachelor of Design degree and a extensive background in interior and kitchen design both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Tracey loves travelling and spending quality time with her friends and family. Tracey is a busy mum of two and in her spare time you'll find her on the sidelines of kids sports cheering the team on!
Hannah believes the kitchen is the heart of the home and really enjoys getting to know her clients so she can create the ultimate kitchen solution for them. Hannah takes pride in designing kitchens that are functional, maximise space and flow beautifully while meeting her clients' budget. Before joining the team at Kitchen Mania, Hannah studied interior design. In her spare time Hannah enjoys spending time with her son and husband, exploring, travelling and wining and dining.
Rebekah loves a fast-paced work environment and getting things organised! She is our amazing sales and administration support person and has a background in customer service, sales support and admin. As well as all of this, Rebekah has a keen interest in home renovation and design.
Rebekah enjoys reading, painting and watching movies with her two sons.
Sarah loves the creativity that comes with kitchen design. "I really enjoy being creative. Love coming up with the best designs that work with the customer’s needs." Sarah grew up in Japan and lived there for 15 years. She also spent the last 5 years living and working in Japan. Sarah loves being adventurous and exploring the world. "In my spare time I love spending time with my friends outdoors. Going for a hike or to the beach."
Jacqui has a has a degree in Visual Arts and off the success of her own home renovations, decided to study Interior Design. "I’m an all-round arty farty creative type, turning my hand to all manner of craft, sewing, baking, art, gardening projects – instead of buying stuff my first thought is often - I wonder how I can make that?” In her spare time Jacqui likes to get out in the great outdoors, spending time walking in the bush or camping with her husband and young daughter.
Arthur is a qualified Architect with an extensive background in the building industry in Brazil and he loves kitchen design and thinking outside the box!
In his spare time, you can find him at the gym or watching sport of any kind on TV. He loves living in New Zealand and enjoys the supportive, friendly and hands on environment here at Kitchen Mania.
Oscar has over 8 years experience in architectural design. He loves working closely with his customers and colleagues to achieve a great kitchen design that works perfectly in the home. In his spare time, Oscar loves playing basketball with friends and getting outside to go hiking and enjoy nature. "Working at Kitchen Mania is fantastic because it feels like a real family team. I can use my experience to help our customers get the best result with their kitchen renovation."
Jennifer has a huge passion for art and design and has a lot of experience in building and renovation in New Zealand. Jennifer enjoys the collaboration of the creative team we have here at Kitchen Mania. "I love being part of a team that produces a quality product from start to finish while having a great time doing it!" Jennifer has a passion for travel and enjoys collecting ideas from overseas and experiencing new places.
Jess has a degree in Industrial Design and through this has found her passion for creating memorable experiences for people through design. Jess says "the kitchen is my favourite room in the house, I'm a passionate cook and baker and I'm always trying to come up with new recipes and flavour combos, so kitchen design makes sense as I love creating a space for people to enjoy making food." In her spare time you'll find her in the ocean or exploring new bush walks. With over 200 hours of yoga teacher training, and qualified in reiki you'll find Jess always diving deeper into yoga, meditation and spiritual practices.
Megan studied spatial design and loves working with kitchens. She worked in the kitchen industry in London before heading home to New Zealand in 2020. She loves colour and creating spaces that make people happy. In her free time you'll find Megan playing around in 3D software, winning board games or going for a hike. "I love Kitchen Mania because the people are brilliant, both the colleagues and the customers. Every day comes with challenges and rewards."
Rowena leads the team in our Milford Showroom and is a qualified Interior Designer with over seven years kitchen designing expertise.
She loves to work with clients and collaborate together throughout the whole design process, it's important for her to get to know what their dream kitchen looks like, get to know their lifestyle and to put together a concept design for them.
Since kitchens are the social hub of the home a well-designed kitchen with functional layout and pleasant aesthetics can incredibly improve the customers’ lifestyle and Rowena has been known to make many a dream come true for her customers.
Technically our longest serving member of staff, Laura started at Kitchen Mania in her university holidays when we opened in 2009, before graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Forensic Science in 2011. She worked for ESR in the Crime Scene team for 4 years before starting her family. Three children later she returned to the family business where has looked after our rebranding, Marketing and communications. Laura now gets to unleash her creative flair as a member of our Sales and Design team. Laura loves working with clients to transform their space and loves seeing the difference her designs make to her customer's lives.
In her spare time she loves getting out and about exploring with her husband Chris and their kiddies Oscar, Ruby and Archie, and fur baby Oakley.
Laura is from Cumbria (the beautiful Lake District) in North West England on the boarder of Scotland. She moved to NZ in 2010 and is married to her husband Jay.
Laura has a Bachelor (Hons) of Interior Design degree and Project Management and Small Business. She's worked in graphics, engineering, drafting, merchandise styling and interiors. During her time as a designer Laura has won two TIDA awards for kitchen and bathroom designs, and has been published in Home Decor Magazine and Viva for kitchen design and styling. She loves the team culture at Kitchen Mania and the best part of her job is "taking the client from the first initial meeting right through to a fully completed kitchen."
Weekends for Laura are spent in gumboots doing jobs around her lifestyle block with Jay, and puppy Willow. She loves all things vintage and has a side hustle upcycling furniture. She loves going to gigs and watching all kinds of live music.