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Our Team

John Hansen
 

John Hansen

CEO & Founder 


John is a visionary thinker and irrepressible optimist with innovation in his DNA. His innate curiosity and enthusiasm for a future shaped by possibilities is the driving force behind his quest to go beyond the limits of current technology and capability.
 
He is a science graduate with extensive experience in digital electronics, design of microprocessor based telemetry systems, production control systems, and commercial software development, primarily in the field of retail POS systems. He also brings years of commercial experience into the company having been involved in other enterprises prior to WizBang Technologies.
Soon after graduating in physics in 1972, John found himself working for Cutler-Hammer NZ designing microprocessor supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for South Australian Railways and Sydney County Council. 
 
This experience in the early adoption of a new disruptive digital technology inspired John’s “possibility” mind-set and set him on a trajectory of innovation.
 
He started his own electronics and software design consultancy and was commissioned to design many industrial and commercial systems. Among these was a microprocessor weighing and production control system for wire manufacturing, a spot welding machine digital controller, a messaging system for large electromagnetic and LED outdoor advertising displays, a numerical machine controller for the manufacture of printed circuit boards, a digital codec for wireless data transmission and radio paging and a vehicle speed detection system.
 
With this experience behind him, John saw the possibility of developing commercial software with scalable global potential and took the opportunity to work for an enterprising South African company to develop a complete financial and point of sale system for furniture and clothing retailers, known as Furnpac and Ragpac.
 
Returning to New Zealand in 1987, John co-founded Pacific Business Systems (now Excellent Software and Services) and developed a successful big ticket retail point of sale system known as Retail-Plus and a hire purchase ledger financial control system.
 
In 1997, John and his family who had all become confirmed café junkies were inspired to find a way to make life easier for waiters. The dream was to create a ground-breaking and innovative new hospitality point of sale system, encompassing wireless hand held technology for taking orders from tables. Wi-Fi was not available for portable devices at the time, so the solution required the design of a plug-in digital wireless transceiver circuit board for the Palm Pilot PDA and a corresponding wireless base station transceiver.
 
The solution John designed utilised a UHF FM narrow frequency band, with a range of 300 metres. Extremely low power consumption was a design objective with four days battery life being achieved through the use of CMOS technology.  In order to keep hardware production costs down, collision avoidance, radio noise filtering, and error checking and correction were designed into the transceiver software drivers rather than the hardware.
 
The success and reliability of this mobile solution, known as WizBang Waiter at the time, was the genesis of WizBang Technologies.
 
Today, John leads WizBang Technologies, with the single-minded purpose of driving innovation and growing global distribution channels.
 
In his time off, you’ll find John sampling local hospitality with family and friends, keeping fit pounding the streets or swimming at the local beach where he currently lives in Millwater, Auckland. He also somehow finds time to fuel his fascination for science and technology, especially cosmology which seems to resonate with his curiosity about the nature of things. John is also passionate and concerned about environmental issues, food quality, food supply and organics, and thinks the extraordinary movie “Food, Inc” should be mandatory viewing for all!

Jamie Hansen

General Manager

Jamie is passionate about technology and is committed to seeing WizBang continually provide world-class tech to the hospitality sector. 

He completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University in 1998 and has worked predominantly in technology, finance and food service industries over the last 20 years.  His specialties includes leadership, strategic planning, sales and marketing and finance.  

He started his career in 1999 as a top performing sales representative for Vodafone and went from there into various sales, finance and marketing roles. He had a good stint as a Financial Adviser and another long tenure working for Bakers Delight as the NZ Franchise Area and Marketing Manager.

 
Jamie Hansen
He has worked in different roles over the years within Wizbang and most recently came on board at the beginning of 2018 as a company director to aid John in leading the family business. He oversees various areas of the business and is passionate about developing those around him to deliver sustained long-term performance outcomes in this fast-changing world.

He enjoys being on and in the water, as he’s a keen surfer and paddleboarder. Every January you’ll find him camping near a beach with his wife and three young kids.

Fun fact: Jamie travelled with his wife through 15 countries in 3 continents in 2004. He has travelled through the Amazon jungle in Bolivia, obtained a dive license in Egypt and enjoyed a wildlife safari in Kenya.
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Tina Li

Office Coordinator

Tina grew up in China and has had experience working in both Beijing and Auckland. Tina achieved her Postgraduate Diploma in New Zealand and her bachelor’s degree in China.

She provides valuable support to the Financial and Operations Manager. Her business skills and accounting knowledge are a real asset to the team.

When Tina’s not at work she enjoys travel, as she loves experiencing different cultures and cuisines. One of her dreams is to travel every inch of the planet.

Fun fact: She has recently taken up photography to capture her travel moments

Prabin Karki

Technical Support Engineer


Prabin is originally from Nepal, the home of Mount Everest. He came to New Zealand in 2012 to pursue his studies and completed a Diploma in Information Technology with excellence.

Prior to joining WizBang, Prabin worked in the hospitality industry for 5 years as a Chef including time as a Sous Chef at renowned Mt Eden restaurant The Garden Shed. After his time at Circus Circus, Prabin was tasked with setting up and managing the kitchens at Garden Shed and Wu & You when they initially opened.

 
Prabin Karki
Prabin was also frequently called upon to trouble shoot IT issues across the various restaurants he worked in and so he became very familiar with our onetap software. When looking around for another addition to our tech team, Prabin came highly recommended as a great troubleshooter and all-round good guy. His background in hospitality and IT, combined with his sincere empathy for the client makes him a great Technical Support Engineer.

In his spare time you will find him fishing, cooking, playing football and tasting the local craft beers and different cuisines around the city.
Conrad Ford
 

Conrad Ford

Technical Support Engineer


Conrad brings over 15 years of experience in the IT support industry. His first foray into IT was when he was employed in the fuel retail industry, building and configuring computer and point of sale systems for the big four oil companies in New Zealand.

He soon progressed on to helpdesk support and then jumped at the chance to round out his skills when he moved on to helpdesk management.

These skills put him in good stead when he was offered a role with one of NZ’s largest banks, managing the internal helpdesk during a period of catastrophe mitigation change being implemented within the bank.

Conrad joined the support team at NZ POS Systems in 2011 and plays a key role in supporting onetap users within the hospitality industry throughout New Zealand.

Michael Zhang

Technical Support Engineer


Michael came to New Zealand 5 years ago, from China, and obtained a Diploma in Information Technology as he is passionate about providing specialised IT solutions and service. Prior to his studies Michael had a decade working within the hospitality industry where he discovered he thrived in both the hospo environment and customer service space.

Before joining WizBang, Michael worked for the Auckland City Council in ICT and then MyTech for 4 years as their Senior Engineer, providing quality IT services to a range of small to large sized organizations. It was at MyTech that Michael quickly earned a reputation for his efficient problem-solving skills and his ability to exceed customer expectations.

 
Michael Zhang
His knowledge and experience in the hospo industry together with his understanding of all thigs ‘IT’ means he naturally provides our clients with the best possible service.
Malu Taumoepeau
 

Malu Taumoepeau

Technical Support Engineer

Born and raised in Tonga, Malu immigrated to NZ with his family in 1998 completing his senior years at Auckland Boys Grammar then going on to study for a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Auckland University.

Ever since he can remember Malu has always been passionate about Tech.  From a young age, and with a craving to learn how things work, he began dismantling computers and electrical equipment and putting them back together.

While studying at Auckland University he worked part-time in hospitality which gave him a taste of the hospitality industry and first-hand knowledge and experience of working with POS.  This experience led him to pursuing and securing his first IT job with a POS systems company.   Since then Malu has built up an impressive 14+ solid years of experience in various IT fields, with the majority of these being in the POS systems arena.

Having had rich experience in both Hospitality and IT gives Malu a deep understanding and appreciation of what is expected from each of the various stakeholders and places him in a unique position of being able to provide the highest level care and support to our clients.

When Malu is not at work he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and four children.  And when his schedule allows, he enjoys watching and playing sports, travelling and being in the sun.

Amanda Milham

Senior Software Developer

Amanda is a born and breed Kiwi, although she has had a recent stint in Melbourne. In 1998 she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) with stage 4 papers in Information Systems and has been thriving in the software development space ever since.

Amanda co-founded Wizbang with her dad, John Hansen in 1997, where she designed and solely developed WizBang’s original hospitality POS system (excluding the mobile hand-held software), from scratch. The robust database and client server application design has stood the test of time and is still the foundation of WizBang’s POS system today. She had another stint at WizBang in 2007-2008 as an analyst programmer and came on board again full time in 2018 as our lead software developer.

 
Amanda Milham
Over the last twenty years Amanda has proven herself as a highly accomplished software developer. She has worked in software development for various companies including Smart Health (Australia), Global Health (Australia), Soft Tech (NZ), Exonet (NZ) and Sovereign Assurance (NZ).

At the weekends you will find Amanda spending time with her two young kids, reading who-dun-its, mountain-biking and eating gooood food.

Fun fact: Amanda’s favourite place to visit is North Head in Devonport.

Kevin Du
 

Kevin Du

Software Developer


Kevin came to New Zealand from China as a student in 2009 and fell in love with our country. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Information Science (majoring in Software Engineering) at Massey University with Merit.

Kevin’s passion in life is to develop quality software, which makes him a perfect fit for WizBang. Having worked on many software development projects, Kevin has had commercial software development experience including designing and developing in: Net Framework, multiple relational databases, Ruby on Rails and mobile development. He also has production experience with Amazon Web Services and a good understanding of OOP, software design patterns, MVC, Web API and Test Driven development.

Kevin first began working at WizBang in 2015 as an intern seeking software development experience and quickly became a valuable part of our development team. He is currently the key developer of our primary BI Reporting system (onetap analytics) and has a hand in developing other key WizBang products using the latest technologies.

At the weekends you will find Kevin enjoying time with his young family or, as an avid hiker, exploring the great outdoors of New Zealand. Kevin also enjoys playing basketball.

Fun fact: Kevin’s favourite holiday destination is Japan.

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+64 9 360 8395

Ground Floor, 4 Fred Thomas Drive,
Takapuna, Auckland 0622
 





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