Our People

Meet our team of brokers

Denis MAriner

Denis Marriner

Managing Director - Rotorua

E: denis@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 478 3106

Denis was born and educated in Rotorua. He started his working life with a government department specialising in risk management and audit where he also completed a business management qualification. His insurance career began in 1997 in a senior client servicing position with AA Insurance, where he became the Branch Manager. He later moved into commercial insurance and broker account management as the Rotorua Manager for Royal & Sun Alliance. Denis joined Dawson Insurance Brokers in 2001 as an executive broker and went on to take up a shareholding and directorship when Ian Dawson retired. Denis became the Managing Director of Dawson Insurance in 2016.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Denis Marriner.

  

Rob Harvey

Rob Harvey

Director - Rotorua

E: rob@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 496 1178

Rob was born and educated in Rotorua and began his insurance career with the local State Insurance Branch in 1971. After travelling overseas for three years where he worked extensively in the insurance industry, Rob returned to New Zealand working in General Accident Insurance. Rob joined Dawson Insurance Brokers in 1986 and was the Managing Director of the company for over fifteen years before stepping down from this role in 2016. Much of Dawson’s success can be attributed to his hard work and the passion he has for the company and its clients. Rob maintains a shareholding in the company and is an active Board member.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Rob Harvey. 

 

Peter Mahar

Peter Mahar

Director/Broker - Rotorua

E: peter@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 272 2090

Peter began his insurance career in Rotorua with National Insurance in 1982. In 1989 he travelled overseas for 5 years and worked in the insurance industry in London during this time. He returned and worked for Tower Insurance then moved to become the Rotorua Manager for Royal & Sun Alliance/Vero Insurance. Peter joined Dawson Insurance in 2003 as a Broker prior to becoming a Shareholder and Director in 2008.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Peter Mahar. 

 

Di-Anne Wilson

Di-Anne Wilson

Director/Broker - Rotorua

E: di-anne@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 285 5556

Di-Anne joined Dawson Insurance Brokers Rotorua in July 2011 and became a Director and Shareholder in the Company  in October 2015.  Di-Anne began her career in insurance with NZI in 1994 commencing as a Customer Services Officer in Rotorua and working her way through to a Senior Account Manager role in Tauranga. Di-Anne has more than 20 years insurance experience.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Di-Anne Wilson. 

 

Daniel Fifita Dawson

Daniel Fifita

Broker - Rotorua

E: daniel@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 203 9060

Daniel started his career in Insurance as a customer services representative for State Insurance, Palmerston North in 1994. He went on to hold various Sales, Underwriting and Management Roles within the IAG Group for a further 17 years before joining a NZ Based Lloyds Underwriting Agency specialising in insurance solutions for Heavy Machinery, Commercial Motor Vehicle and Liability programs.  

Daniel brings a wealth of technical insurance experience to Dawson’s and a real desire to deliver value for our clients.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Daniel Fifita

 

Leroy Gavan-Smith Dawson

Leroy Gavan-Smith

Broker - Rotorua

E: leroy@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

M: 027 344 2707

Born and bred in the deep south, Leroy completed his studies at the University of Otago before making the move to the Bay of Plenty. Prior to joining the insurance industry, he went on to pursue a number of roles in transport, logistics and finance including a stint in The Netherlands whilst on his OE.  Upon his return to NZ, Leroy broadened his knowledge and experience in the insurance industry in commercial roles at Vero and NZI Insurance respectively before taking the opportunity to join the team at Dawson's. 

Outside of the office, he loves spending time in the outdoors and outrageous amounts of time at the beach in Papamoa. He is an avid sports fan and has been known to hit a few rucks or two in his time.  Leroy enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and working with them to find solutions for their insurance needs.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Leroy Gavan-Smith

 

Graeme Bryant

Graeme Bryant

Director / Broker - Whakatane

E: graeme@dawsoninsurance.co.nz

T: 07 306 0033

M: 027 492 8585

Graeme commenced his insurance career with NZI Palmerston North in 1974 before moving to Tokoroa in 1982 and then to Whakatane in 1985. In 1987 Graeme moved into the Broking side of the insurance business and purchased the Whakatane office of Dawson Insurance in 1989. After 30 years the decision was made to merge the Whakatane and Rotorua offices of Dawson Insurance, Graeme will continue as a Director / Broker and is looking forward to working with the Rotorua team. Out of work Graeme enjoys family life, hot rodding, fishing, travel and bonsai.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Graeme Bryant. 

 

Rachel Bishop

Rachel Bishop

Broker - Whakatane

E: rachel@dawsoninsurance.co.nz

T: 07 306 0033

Rachel moved to the idyllic Eastern Bay of Plenty in 2008 with her young family and began her insurance career at Dawson Insurance Whakatane in 2010. After spending 10 years working on commercial fishing trawlers, Rachel has the ability to relate in a positive way to everyone she meets.
She loves working with people and enjoys the challenge of doing the best for her clients by helping them to understand their policies and making the whole ‘dreaded’ insurance process as easy as possible. Rachel looks after the domestic portfolio at Whakatane.

In her spare time, Rachel is kept busy with her family and enjoys running, mountain biking, sun worshiping and recreational fishing.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Rachel Bishop. 

 

 

Jude Jeffray

Broker - Whakatane

E: jude@dawsoninsurance.co.nz

T: 07 306 0033

Jude’s insurance career began in 1991 and includes being the District Office Manager for NZI in Whakatane. Following a break from the industry, Jude returned to work for Dawson Insurance in 2018. Jude enjoys the challenges of delving into the fine print and technical side of insurance. Advocating for clients is her strength and with a wide product knowledge base, she is all about fair entitlement.

Jude is a familiar face to many in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, having worked in the finance and education sectors as well as providing support voluntarily to the local performing arts academy and community theatre organisation. Living rurally Jude enjoys spending time at home with her whanau.  

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Jude Jeffray. 

 

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Keryn Tavendale

Broker - Rotorua 

E: keryn@dawson.co.nz

T: 07 348 0479

Keryn started her career in Insurance as a customer services clerk for State Insurance, Rotorua in 1992. 

She held various roles in both sales and claims and worked her way up to Account Manager, before moving on to join a local Insurance Assessing firm and then Dawson Insurance Brokers in 2005.

Keryn has more than 20 years experience in the industry and always strives to do the best for her clients.

In accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008, click here to view the disclosure statement for Keryn Tavendale.