Our Team



The Engine Room

Daniel Nelson

General Manager

With a hint or two from his wife to move to Hawke’s Bay, Dan finally saw the light and returned from overseas with his family to join Hãhã as General Manager. When he’s not up to his eyeballs in finance and running the show, Dan can be found enjoying life in Havelock North with Kate and their three children.

Office direct dial: +64 6 833 7851
Mobile: +64 27 295 7238
Email: daniel@hahawine.co.nz

Ashton Ireland

Sales Director

One of the owners, Ash loves to talk wine, drink wine, and mountain bike – sometimes all at the same time. Ash looks after our domestic and international sales. His bike often accompanies him as he shares his passion for Hãhã wines around the globe.

Office direct dial: +64 6 833 7859
Mobile: +64 21 426 577
Email: ashton@hahawine.co.nz

James Cutfield

Senior Sales Manager

With a Masters in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide and having worked at some of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries, James and his family have recently made the smart move to Hawke’s Bay. When he’s not looking after our customers in New Zealand and overseas, James can be found pursuing his love of sport – mostly from the sidelines – and walking his boisterous Labrador Chester.

Mobile: +64 27 607 1870
Email: james@hahawine.co.nz

Shannon Boyce

Logistics & Operations

Shannon arrived at Hãhã via the Barossa Valley by way of Blenheim. You can tell by her choice of locations that wine has always played a large part in her life, particularly when accompanied by chocolate. She studied wine at Lincoln and last year, drank wine all over Europe. Ironically, she’s now responsible for getting the wine into the bottle.

Office direct dial: +64 6 833 7850
Mobile: +64 21 426 070
Email: shannon@hahawine.co.nz

Kellie Deakin

Customer Service & Sales Support

Kellie has a diverse background including owning her own businesses and prior to joining Hãhã working in an accountancy firm. At home she tends her flock of 40 sheep, 3 horses and 2 goats and at work she looks after a flock of colleagues and customers. In her spare time we’ve heard a rumour about ceroc dancing but you’ll have to ask Kellie about that.

Office direct dial: +64 6 833 7814
Email: kellie@hahawine.co.nz

Maree Brown

Sales & Merchandising

Maree does a stellar job supporting our customers “on-the-ground” in Auckland and beyond, and you will find her in stores wine tasting, or tasting the wine, and providing customer support at every level.

Mobile: +64 21 0297 2403
Email: maree@hahawine.co.nz

Ben Plummer

Sales & Merchandising

When Ben is not on the road selling and tasting wine with our fabulous customers in Auckland, he can be found making school lunches for his two daughters and sitting in front of the telly cheering on England Rugby (yes, he’s definitely a minority).

Mobile: +64 21 235 6283
Email: ben@hahawine.co.nz

Stephanie Jenson

Sales & Merchandising

Kiwi by choice, Stephanie comes from years of managing wine departments in groceries, organizing tastings and staff training. She loves introducing our Hãhã wines to new friends and familiar faces in Wellington. Her 18 yr. old twins are the most popular at parties when they show up with a bottle of Hãhã!

Mobile: +64 22 185 9961
Email: stephanie@hahawine.co.nz

John McCaskey

Sales & Merchandising

John encompasses his personal passion for wine and puts it into practice ‘on the ground’ in Christchurch. When he’s not just drinking our wine, he’s out doing tastings and spreading the good word with our wonderful customers.

Mobile: +64 27 247 9533

The Vineyard & Winery

Ant MacKenzie

Chief Winemaker

Ant has lived and breathed all things wine for over 20 years. This extremely talented man is a rock star in his own right and has his own established Ant Mackenzie Wines brand. Ant oversees our growers and provides winemaking expertise.

Chris Harrison


Chris is well known in the Hawke’s Bay as a craftsman of fine wines and great beers. Having created a successful brew pub, this paved the way to follow his passion in creating Beach House Wines, now recognized as one of New Zealand’s top producers of fine wines.

Emma Lowe


Emma has worked in wineries all over the world, including Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, France, and Chile. An amazing multi-tasker and mother of two, she and husband Marcelo set up Monowai Estate in Hawke’s Bay.

Gary Duke


After 25 years at the helm of the winemaking team for Hunter’s in Marlborough and numerous awards and accolades to his name, Gary has a well deserved reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers.