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The Team

Mark Jones


I started working in the family business in 1999, after working as an assistant winemaker, bar tender, cellar master and a tennis coach. When Hallam passed away in 2007, I stepped up as principal of the company.

My wife, Debbie, and our four children, Joe, Anna, Thomas and Matthew, enjoy getting out into the natural outdoors of New Zealand by going hunting, fishing, diving and tramping. I also enjoy growing roses and as many veggies as I can.

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Barbara Jones


Interests in the early days included riding horses, overseas travel, badminton and tennis.

With family came tennis, fishing, boating, camping, tramping... and following the children in their respective sports of swimming, netball, hockey, soccer, rugby and tennis.

Nowadays it is all about family, travelling to visit children and grandchildren overseas, as well as business activities and keeping up with friends and clients.

I have lived in Rotorua all my life and enjoy meeting people.

Member of Spectrum Club (ladies club) since 1981 and secretary for three years. Coached at Swimming Club for 12 years and taught babies Learn to Swim (0 to 5 years) for three years.

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Wayne Jackson


It’s great to be back home in the BOP having lived in Australia, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia for several years. Whilst in Thailand I met Pranee, and recently we returned with our 11 year old daughter Karina to New Zealand. I have had a great career – starting out on dairy farms, building businesses and providing insurance advice.

I wrote my first policy for a client in 1989. He fell through gymnasium floor where he was ‘working out’ - only 6 weeks after purchasing the income insurance I had arranged for him! Off work for 13 months he was ever so grateful… It was then that I ‘really’ understood the importance of ‘insurance’!

Myself - “I didn’t buy life insurance because I am going to die - I bought it because those I love are going to live! Not only that - I insure my income so I will still be paid if I am unable to work – which means that I and my family will be able to carry on just fine! You can’t live without money!!”

I enjoy being of service and providing advice so that my clients can decide what’s best for ‘them’!!

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Kuru Whiston


Kia ora! My name is Kuru, and I am the Fire and General Insurance adviser for Hallam Jones. I am a born and bred local, with ties to Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao through my mother, and England and Ireland through my father.

I joined the business in June 2017 after spending 18 years in the packaging industry, as part of the Wesfarmers group, in a variety of operational and sales roles. During that time, I got to work with a wide range of people across a wide range of industries and professions, and enjoyed the variety immensely. I’ll be bringing that experience to my role here at Hallam Jones, and hope to be able to use it to help find the right insurance solution for you!

Outside of work, I love fishing the Rotorua lakes, am an avid (and average!) golfer, and enjoy all sports particularly cricket, rugby and volleyball, having represented NZ in volleyball at age group level.

If you need an insurance solution for your business or home, give me a call!

A disclosure statement is available free upon request.


Thomas O'Leary


Hi, I’m Thomas and I am the new adviser for Mortgage Link at Hallam Jones. I have a level 5 qualification in Financial Management specifically in Lending and would be happy to assist you in any way I can.

By way of introduction I come from a corporate background. I’ve worked for Carter Holt, sold into large box Hardware retail and travelled the country for various commercial enterprises. Some of you may have seen me at Countdown. I still work at the Fairy Springs store and Fenton Street sometimes as a Duty Manager. I have a liquor licence, Food Handling Qualifications, a General Managers Licence, even a Forklift Drivers Licence!

I am delighted however to spend my daytime hours as an adviser at Hallam Jones. Insurance comes into its own when people are at their lowest and mortgages deliver dreams. This industry is about people, their aspirations and their low points and at Hallam Jones we are there for both. I love the work. In particular I enjoy having a real positive impact on the lives of ordinary folk. If you need insurance, or money I am at your disposal.

Chris Smith


In May 2004 I moved to Rotorua and joined Hallam Jones Insurance & Financial Advisers in October 2006 as Office Manager and became PA to the Principal Adviser, Mark Jones in 2007.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing indoor bowls, gardening and grow a few orchids which reward me with more flowers than I deserve given the care and attention I give them. As a competitive walker, I regularly compete in both half and full marathons.

I also enjoy genealogy and am currently researching my family history. My recent project is to build a miniature dolls house.

Sarah Perkins


Hi my names is Sarah Perkins, I have recently joined Hallam Jones Insurance after returning to the Bay of Plenty from Christchurch. I have previously worked within the insurance world and have truly enjoyed the complexities of the insurance industry.

I enjoy the outdoors, sailing, reading and spending time with my family.

I am looking forward to being your Broker Administrator and help you out in every way possible.