Industry Awards Night at the Hilton!

The annual 2015 Industry Hair Awards took place this year at the Hilton Hotel on Princes Wharf Auckland. Now in its 4th year the ‘Sold Out’ event continues to attract the créme de la créme of the New Zealand hairdressing fraternity who gathered to pay tribute to our top artists. Jayne Wild and Gary Latham owners of the highly successful Sydney ‘Wild Life Hair’ salons were the hosts for the evening. First up was last year’s NZ Hairdresser of the Year, Micheal Beel who presented to the audience an absolutely outstanding hair & fashion Show! One of our most talented stylists Micheal continues to shine. He was also a finalist in several of the award categories.

The first award of the night, one that was particularly close to our hearts, was IMAGES Photographer of the Year, which we had the pleasure of presenting to Spid Pye for his work with Christopher King. Spid also received from IMAGES a fabulous gift pack from L’Oréal. Next up was the MAC Makeup Artist Award which was won by Jemima Keen. Jason Chong Li was the winner of the Editorial Stylist Award up against  a very high standard of finalists!

Mana Dave was a popular winner of the HITO Educator of the Year for his amazing attitude towards mentoring and helping our young up and coming stylists! Everybody in the audience were on the edge of their seat awaiting the announcement of the JOICO Artistic Team Award which went to Sutherland Todd in Christchurch! Vada and Guy Roberts then presented their show entitled Fringe Dwellers taking us back to our Bogan roots with a nod to Heavy Metal and Punk Rock.

Then came a very special part of the evening with the presentation of the 2015 Hall of Fame Award. After a few words from Sara Allsop it was soon apparent that the worthy recipient was Grant Bettjemen from Bettjemens in Orakei. Grant received a standing ovation from a delighted audience! The next award was the Organic Colour Systems Newcomer of the Year which went to the lovely Antoinette Goodfellow from Marilyns.

Micheal Beel added another trophy to the cabinet taking out Paul Frank & Co Mens Stylist of the Year, while fellow Buoy stylist Wei Jiang was awarded ghd Emerging Stylist of the Year! Then it was into the last two awards of the night with Chinney Yeap winning Wella Colourist of the Year, she was up against another impressive line up of finalists! But the moment everyone had been waiting for and the award that brought the house down was the presentation of Goldwell NZ Hairdresser of the Year to an elated Mana Dave!

All in all another great night for the NZ Hairdressing Industry and an evening that ended appropriately with a special presentation to the organisers, Jock Robson and Sara Allsop.Thanks for the huge effort guys...See you next year!

Goldwell NZ Hairdresser of the Year - Mana Dave


Brad Lepper

Jamie Smith

Lenard Johnston

Mana Dave

Natasha Boustridge

Wella Colourist of the Year - Chinney Yeap


Natasha Boustridge

Mana Dave

Chinney Yeap

Kylie Hayes

ghd Emerging Stylist Award - Wei Jiang


Kiri Roberts

Mikaela Powell

Te Wehenga Laird

Wei Jiang

Paul Frank Men’s Hairdresser of the Year - Micheal Beel


Anne Marie Young

Chris King

Kaleb Prichard

Micheal Beel

Organic Color Systems Newcomer of the Year - Antoinette Goodfellow


Antoinette Goodfellow


Kelly Manu

ToriLee Johns

Industry Hall of Fame 2015 -  Grant Bettjemen

JOICO Artistic Team Award - Sutherland Todd



Blue Cactus

Rodney Wayne


Sutherland Todd

HITO Educator of the year - Mana Dave


Mana Dave

Brad Lepper

Shar Sutherland Todd

Michael Beel

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Jason Chong Li


Jason Chong Li

Natasha Boustridge

Micheal Beel

Janine Jones

IMAGES Photographer of the Year - Spid Pye


Andrew O’Toole for Sutherland Todd

Fiona Quinn for Mana Dave

James Yang for Antoinette Goodfellow

A.B Watson for Lenard Johnston

Spid Pye for Christopher King