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Our Team 

The Kiwee Whanau

We believe that great companies stem from great employees. With our fabulous staff running the show, we’re confident that you’ll get great products and the best service every time you shop at our store. Learn more about our fabulous team below.

Billie Jo Ropiha


Billie is the visionary power behind the Kiwee brand. The broadcasting journalist and mum-of-two has always had a keen eye on business enterprises but was empowered to start the Kiwee Company while studying for an MBA. Billie is forever the optimist and loves nothing but finding solutions to problems or potential opportunities. Currently, she is embarking on the next line of products that will surely revolutionise the personal hygiene space which she says will undoubtedly, "change the way people all around the Globe do their business".


Thomas Hohepa

Kiwee Lifter Inventor

Tom loves nothing more than tinkering away in his shed and being on his beef farm in the beautiful Hokianga. The former panel beater and mechanic had a nasty farm accident with a bull so has been delegated to spend more time on creating inventive products for Kiwee. It was in 1993 when Tom came up with the original prototype behind the Kiwee Lifter and for the next 23 years, until he sold his original home, it worked without a hitch. 

We love Tom's out-of-the box mind and brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and sense of calm and distinction.


Meet The Team

Eve Shepherd

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Eve Shepherd CA (BMS) our dedicated Chartered Accountant and MAS business owner, Eve is an amazing asset to the Kiwee Team. She has 15 years experience working in chartered accounting firms, with 10 of those years spent at KPMG Waikato.

Eve is married with four children and has just become a grandma. Eve loves being outdoors and has a love for keeping fit and healthy.


Seta Efaraimo

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Our Samoan Chief, Seta is our business and IT consultant and all over strategy guy. Owner of Bungalow Design Ltd, Seta can also help you set up your business or website needs. Seta has an MBA from Massey University and says the highlight of his time was travelling to the U.S and learning about the vast businesses and how we at the bottom of the Pacific can succeed in global markets.


Vidyadhish Desai

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Vidy is our IT magician and hails from the metropolis of Mumbai in India. The Microsoft certified ICT professional has 11 years of experience in server management, email and network setups. An open-source enthusiast with a keen interest in SAFENetwork, IPFS, PowerShell< Python and all things Linus. Vidy makes a mean curry and is still looking for a wife his mum back in Mumbai would also love.