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Customer Services
Marina Du Preez

Marina started in October 2018 as part of our very important customer services team. Marina is experienced in customer service and has a good knowledge of wine, having most recently worked as the Cellar Door Manager at Soljans Estate Winery in Kumeu.

Mailin Higgins
Accounts Assistant
Mailin Higgins

Mailin Higgins joined the Negociants NZ team at the beginning of April with a background in accounts and administration and is a welcome addition to our office support team.


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23rd March 2018

Clive Weston married Sarah Mitchell-Weston

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21st September 2018

Charlotte Owen-Dorrington married Marc Dorrington

Staff Christmas Lunch & Awards 2018

This year, the Negociants team celebrated the 2018 year with lunch at The Sugar Club. We were very lucky to have the whole restaurant to ourselves and kicked off with Col de’Salici Prosecco and canapes while watching some of the more adventurous members of our group do the Skywalk around the outside of the Sky tower. We then sat down for a terrific four course lunch matched to some wonderful wines from the Negociants portfolio.

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Long term staff members were presented with tenure key rings by Negociants Managing Director, Clive Weston, who himself has been with the company for 29 years. The tenure key rings are a new initiative by the S. Smith & Son group to acknowledge and reward the loyalty and contribution an employee has given to the company. The key rings are made from materials sourced at Yalumba winery, specifically galvanised new barrel for the 5 year keyring, ‘rusted’ barrel for the 10 year keyring, copper still piping for the 15 year keyring. At 21 years of service, employees are then recognised as VSOP (Very Special Old People).


15+ Years – Deanna Smith, Sonja Scarth, AJ Humphreys

10 Years – Ross Walsh, Andrew Parkinson, Graeme Smith, Ju Mannering, Sheryle Linthwaite, Sharon Goldsbro, Tina Rutherford

5 Years – Bruce Smith, Lisa Downie, Hanna Waddington, Charlotte Owen-Dorrington, Sheran MacMillan, Roslyn Dalton, Nicky Earle, Nicki Waldin

The end of year awards were also presented by Negociants General Manager, Andrew Parkinson and the winners were:


Negociants Sales Person of the Year Award for 2018 - Sonja Scarth, Area Manager for Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Sonja has been with Negociants for 15 years and has previously won this award. She is a credit to the company as she continues to work enthusiastically as a valuable team member, building great rapport with her customers and exceeding sales targets.


Negociants Finance & Marketing Person of the Year Award for 2018 – Jesse Greatbatch, Group Sales Co-ordinator

Based in the Auckland office, Jesse has been with Negociants for almost three years and is a valuable team member, who has demonstrated a willingness to assist others and back up different roles when necessary, while maintaining a high standard of work.

Wyndham Hill-Smith Award Winner for 2018

Graeme Smith, Commercial Manager for Negociants NZ was announced as one of the Wyndham Hill-Smith Award Winners by Robert Hill-Smith at the Yalumba end of year Christmas party. Graeme was acknowledged for his outstanding work ethic, dedication and loyalty and received $2,500 towards a piece of art of his choosing.


Nautilus Wines

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Nautilus Wines, as part of the S. Smith & Son group also awarded their staff tenure key-rings at their staff Christmas party held at Avon Lodge.

15+ Years – Belinda Frazerhurst, Clive Jones

10 Years – Robbie Barron, Neal Owen, Brett Bermingham, Katy Prescott, Kraisri Handy, Michael Collins, David Fernandez, Louise Haenga, Tim Ritchie

5 Years – Ian Cooper, Claudia Yanez

Special mention for Belinda Frazerhurst (VSOP) who achieved the milestone of 25 year’s service on 26th June 2018. Belinda joined the Negociants office in Auckland in 1993 and then moved to Nautilus wines in Marlborough in early 1998 when a permanent office was established. She has remained a key member of the Nautilus team since then.