Our team of creative, multi-skilled Stylists, Colourists, Skin Therapists & Beauticians strives to challenge and excite clients with the innovation that underpins the hair, beauty and fashion industry.

Each of our team members have their own skill sets, background, specialities and inspirations. Take some time to learn more about our award winning team of Buoys.

"At Buoy we are one family" Derek Elvy

Derek Elvy


Derek spent over 40 years driving the NZ hairdressing industry forward.  In 2017 Derek was inducted into the NZHA Industry Hall of Fame.  He is renowned for his artistic flair and creative, out-of-thi...

Phillippa Middleton

Managing Director

Phillippa is an international award-winning entrepreneur who has created one of the most successful Salon and Spa companies in New Zealand with exceptional results.  Her vision and achievements, combi...

Michael Beel


Michael is one of New Zealand’s most sought after platform hairdressers.  As the Creative Director at Buoy, Michael has travelled throughout Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand - teaching, mentorin...

Chinney Yeap

Colour Director

Chinney Yeap is the Buoy Salon Colour Director. She is strong, dynamic and ever-evolving.  In her 20s, Chinney knew she wanted to work at the top salon with "a vision that I truly believed in&quo...

Katie Johnston

Master Colourist

Katie has recently joined the Colour Dream. Katie grew up in Masterton and gained her hairdressing qualification in NZ. Katie then packed her bags and moved to Melbourne to pursue her dream of becomin...

Mathias Te Moananui

Master Colourist

Mathias is the L'Oréal NZ Hairdresser of the year 2016.  Mathias has always known that he would have a career within the fashion industry.  A perfectionist at heart, he has strived for excellence...

Bev Dodd

Master Creative Stylist

Bev has been creating beautiful hair for over 25 years.  A Vidal Sassoon-trained Precision Hair Cutter she is 'all about the cut'. As a senior member of Manchester Sassoon's UK, Bev had...

Tahni Daniels

Master Creative Stylilst

Tahni commenced her hairdressing career over 12 years ago. She worked at Toni & Guy in England and was involved with six seasons of London Fashion Week, competed in many competitions, worked photo...

Wei Jiang

Master Stylist & Colourist

Wei started his hairdressing career in 2011 when he was almost 30.  He decided to follow his dream and passion, and he has done just that by building a loyal clientele, working on many of New Zealand&...

Vicki Bush

Master Colourist & Master Stylist

Vicki has over 30 years experience in hairdressing and colour. Her skills have taken her from Kaitaia to London and back to the capital of fashion – Wellington.  She has styled royalty to rock stars. ...

Sarah Schreiber (nee Smith)

Senior Colourist & Senior Stylist

Sarah has always been fascinated with hair and beauty, especially the idea that she could transform someone’s look, so that they look and feel amazing.  Making her clients feel sensational is what Sar...

Jolene Hana

Senior Stylist & Senior Colourist

Jolene is an exceptional Senior Stylist & Senior Colourist with over 13 years experience.  She is an elegant lady who loves fashion.

Jolene's attention to detail, and the pride s...

Courtney Taylor

Senior Colourist & Make Up Artist

Courtney has always loved the fashion and beauty industry.  She recently won the prestigious Makeup Artist of the Year award at the 2017 NZHA Industry awards. Courtney has been creating the most beaut...

TeOhomaiana (Te) Morgan


TeOhomaiana (Te) has been a client of Buoy since she was a young girl.  She has always admired Derek and his artistry.  We are lucky to have TeOhamaiana join our award-winning team. She has a passion...

Eilish Mooney

Emerging Stylist

Eilish has grown up in the hair industry.  From a young child, she has been a key member of her father's salon.  Eilish is incredibly talented and is excelling as a Buoy apprentice.  Eilish was r...

Ronica Samang


Ronica has recently joined Buoy and has quickly become a key part of our growing team.  She has a positive, vibrant can-do attitude, and is committed to her journey of becoming one of New Zealand'...

Jason Parker


Jason is our newest apprentice to join the Buoy family. Having fallen in love with the transformative power of hairdressing and its ability to make people feel special and important, Jason looks forwa...

Skye Browne


Skye is new to the Buoy family, having just finished her second year of her apprenticeship. She has become an invaluable member of the Buoy family since joining and her passion for hairdressing shines...

Hlawn Nawl


Hlawn loves everything beautiful, and is learning and thriving amongst the team.  Hlawn has a smile that lights up a room, and will give you a head massage that will make you feel totally relaxed.

Lara Notman

Spa Manager, Skin Therapist & Laser Technician

Lara has recently joined our growing team of award-winning Laser Technician and Skin Therapists. Lara is an extremely talented lady who is passionate about her clients' skin and beauty journeys. ...

Keicha Daniels

Skin Therapist & Laser Technician

Two-time Ultraceuticals RVR 90 Day Challenge Finalist, Keicha is an expert in skin and skin health.  Originating from the UK, Keicha has 11 years experience as a Beauty Therapist and skin care special...

Kelly Francis

Skin Therapist & Laser Technician

Kelly has been recognised as one the most effective and talented Skin Therapists in Australasia by winning the Anti-Ageing category in the Ultraceuticals RVR90 day challenge. 

Kelly has b...

Nurse Natalie Wilkes

Appearance Medicine Registered Nurse & Laser Technician

Natalie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience.  She is a super kind, loyal lady who now balances being a mum, caring for Neonatal Intensive Care babies, and leading Appearance Medicine i...

Elle Koonwaiyou

Skin Therapist & Laser Technician

Elle is an intelligent, astute and passionate Skin Therapist and Laser Technician. She is achieving life-changing results for her clients in our Spa. Elle has an in-depth knowledge of Ultraceuticals T...

Eddie Lal

Front of House Extraordinaire

Eddie is our Front of House Extraordinaire, and is the master of all things phenomenal.  He is a leader in his field of caring for our clients and ensuring the team are on time and everyone is happy. ...

Sam Halikias


Sam has recently rejoined her team of Buoys after having two beautiful children who are her pride and joy.  Sam is the much loved niece of Derek Elvy.  She is a valued member of the reception team and rocks Louis Vuitton like no one else in this town.

Sarah Duckworth

Accounts & Finance Guru

Sarah has recently joined our team part-time to take care of the accounts.  She has fitted in beautifully at Buoy.  Sarah is a bubbly, kind, honest lady who is often seen zipping around Wellington on her push Scooter.

If you have an account query please email Sarah by connecting here.