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our offices.

Main Campus

Physical address - 1128 Omahu Road, Hastings, 4175, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Postal address - P.O. Box. 1, Hastings, 4156, New Zealand

Free phone - 0800 655 155 

Fax - 06 879 9061

 

Australia

Postal address - The Commons, 80 Market Street, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205

Free phone - 1800 133 155

Free fax - 1800 004 076 

 

Singapore

Address -  30A Tanjong Pagar Road, Level 2, Singapore 088453

Phone - +65 6932 1660

 

 

Furnware is a family owned business with a colourful history and a passion for designing innovative and flexible school furniture. Every person at Furnware aims to help the children in your classrooms to grow, expand and be their best. We work hard to truly connect with the individual aspirations of your school and then we deliver with quality, timeliness, innovation, reliability, and most importantly, genuine care. If you have any media or business enquiries, please contact our Brand Manager Trish Scott.

Our sales team is spread throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to connect with our customers around the globe. At our Main Campus in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, you’ll find design, finance, marketing, IT, production, supply chain, and customer services teams working behind the scenes to make sure every interaction you have with Furnware is exceptional.

  • Account Manager - Asia

    I have had a life-long love affair with Asia. Born in Australia, I spent my formative years in Indonesia and Malaysia, and was educated through the international school system, learning to speak Indonesian, French and Japanese. I spent 11-years working in Indonesia, sourcing premium wines from around the world, supplying high-end restaurants and 5-star resorts across Jakarta and Bali.
     
    It’s an honour and a privilege to be a part of Furnware -  an industry leader providing world-class service with innovation and integrity at its core. We are passionate about contributing to our children’s future and success, by creating the best learning environments possible and designing the highest quality furniture.
     
    I have a great enthusiasm for life, an innate curiosity for the world around me and am passionate about making a difference, while connecting with people to create solutions and outcomes, that have a lasting impact.
     

  • Account Manager - Asia
    It’s extremely satisfying to know the school furniture we design and manufacture, is making a positive difference in a student’s life by providing a better educational experience. I love it when our school’s share the positive difference Furnware is making in their classrooms.
     
    Past experience working for the Singapore Furniture Industries Council and for a major educational publisher has provided me with a deep understanding into the needs of our customers, and I am passionate about providing outstanding service and building long-lasting relationships.
     
    Working alongside such a dedicated team for a global organisation servicing a growing Asian market is both challenging and exciting. I look forward to collaborating with my customers in China, Singapore and Taiwan, to design outstanding learning environments that meet their unique pedagogical needs.
     
  • Owner

    When I bought Furnware it was my vision that we could help children the world over to finish their educational life fulfilled and empowered. That was more than 20 years ago and it’s still our focus. Furniture is just one part of a learning experience, but we see it as one of the foundations and believe that with great design, furniture can improve learning outcomes.

    I have an exceptional, passionate team around me and together we develop products that work, products that are born from research and design, we provide the best service before and after our schools have received their solutions and our products stand the test of time. What our approach and partnerships with schools has resulted in, is a network of people who are happy to advocate on our behalf. That's when I know we are getting things right.

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Having worked in a variety of leadership roles across a diverse range of industries, I bring a depth of knowledge in manufacturing, brand management and organisational design.

    Furnware’s growth and international success has been impressive. With a very solid runway of opportunity in front of the busines, my keen interest is to develop and grow the organisations capability. Ensuring we invest in systems, processes and people which enable our team to flourish in their roles, to deliver outstanding quality, and a customer experience which delights.   

     

  • Operations Manager

    My background is in mechanical engineering and design so I really enjoy having production, supply chain and design under my umbrella. 

    To survive and thrive in the future, our facilities and services need to be world-class. I’m constantly motivated to keep ahead of manufacturing trends and technology advances to ensure efficiencies across the board. Likewise with our design and supply chain teams – we must deliver products that meet the needs of our customers in a timely fashion.

    I am proud to be a part of a company that puts its customers first - it’s at the forefront of everything we do and this approach gives us a solid base to expand globally.

  • Information Systems Manager

    Like the education industry, our business requirements change rapidly. I manage our IT systems to ensure they are scalable and agile enough to meet these changing demands.

    It’s exciting being part of a company that both embraces change and is focused on making a positive improvement to the lives of our young people. I enjoy being part of an innovative team, working with people who share the same goals for our business and have a real ‘can do’ attitude.

  • Country Manager - Australia

    I see our role as being a partner to educators and schools. I love that we have the chance to really engage with our customers and seek to understand what value we can bring them – value that can enhance their students’ learning.

    I manage the Furnware Australian team and a big part of that is helping the team to develop and grow. I’m proud to be part of a group that is committed to making a long-term difference for students and teachers. We have the ability to create amazing learning environments and that’s what gets us out of bed every day.

  • Sales Leader - VIC / SA
    I have worked within the Australian education sector for over 8 years now and have observed a continual evolution of how students learn. Accordingly, there is a need to consider how learning spaces are designed, to cater for the current and future needs of students and their educators.
     
    Having the opportunity to partner with schools to ensure that all styles of learners are catered for, within both formal and informal learning spaces, to maximise learning outcomes, is a privilege.
     
    By asking questions and collaborating with educators onsite, I can discover what’s important to each of my customers and provide a truly tailored solution.
     
    I am extremely passionate about building long term relationships within schools to truly support staff in their vision to enable student’s, so they are learning to their best potential: it’s exciting to be working with schools to create vibrant and inspiring spaces where children thrive and enjoy their environment.
  • Account Manager - VIC

    As the daughter of an ex-teacher and principal, I have genuine love and respect for education, with a deep understanding of the challenges schools face. I’m a great communicator and value the importance of really understanding a customer’s needs, as the more information we have, the better our solutions will be. I love the creative aspect of designing spaces and working with our 3D Learning Spaces App, bringing all the elements, colour, furniture and classroom layout to life that meet the pedagogical objectives. So, our customers can really envisage their new learning environments with every detail captured. 

    It’s exciting to learn and understand the research and development that goes into every piece of Furnware furniture, and to be part of such a forward-thinking company. We genuinely care about supporting students to learn and succeed.

  • Account Manager - VIC / TAS

    Working in the education arena for over 10 years has provided me with experience and understanding of what is important to educators and students alike.

    Our design team are constantly aligning new product ideas with real situations and the curriculum needs in schools. It’s exciting to be part of a team that is passionate about creating environments for our future generations and I love seeing the smiling faces of the students when they see their new spaces come to life with our furniture.

    I understand the time constraints of educators. Listening, asking the right questions and delivering on what I promise, is my top priority. I pride myself on my ability to translate your visions into reality. Consulting with educators and demonstrating the possibilities for innovative, flexible learning, that in turn results in providing the learners at your school with an optimal environment that supports the best possible learning outcomes.

  • Country Manager - New Zealand

    The long-lasting relationships we build with our schools are immeasurably important and built on trust and reliability. From large scale new school builds, to working with existing spaces bringing them into the 21st Century, our customers can be assured of our expertise and capacity to deliver outstanding results.

    I lead a dedicated team who have extensive knowledge in both education and design and are equally as passionate about collaborating with our schools to support their unique pedagogy. Providing outstanding customer service at every stage of the journey is intrinsic to Furnware and I love being involved with a company that makes a difference by having a positive impact in the educational space and in student’s lives.

  • Account Manager - VIC / SA

    Since joining Furnware in April 2011, I have had the opportunity to build hundreds of meaningful and lasting relationships with schools across South Australia and North West Victoria. Looking back, one of the key factors in building these relationships is the collaborative way in which I work with schools to design and create great learning spaces. It’s wonderful to connect and share Furnware’s vision for inspiring children supported by the spaces in which they learn.

    Having a world class student chair (Bodyfurn Sled Chair), has been and will continue to be one of our biggest points of difference. The ergonomic benefits are immense for every student, regardless of how they like to learn.

    I truly believe that our genuine and caring approach to creating great learning spaces adds to the reason behind our success.

  • Brand Manager

    What I love most about working at Furnware is how committed we are to building really strong relationships with our customers. We’re in the classroom engaging with educators constantly and it’s these conversations that give us a real insight into their world. We get to know and understand them better and we are able to ensure they enjoy an exceptional customer experience when they deal with Furnware.

    Only by networking and being involved can we facilitate a two-way exchange of information between Furnware and schools. Providing the right products and services and communicating them in the right way is a constant challenge for us in this digital age. With two school age children, nothing is more important to me than their well being – including their relationship to learning. This is why I am passionate about working for a team that is committed to inspiring young minds.

  • Account Manager - North and West Auckland / Northland

    My background in both primary school teaching and working with textiles and interior design allows me to not only understand current educational pedagogies and the importance of a well-designed physical learning space, but also the skills required to add creative flair to any classroom environment.

    I relish the diversity and creativity I get to experience every day working for Furnware and the wide range of personalities and professions I have the pleasure of collaborating with. The satisfaction I get working for a company that encourages us to take time to listen, to bring solutions, to talk comfort and continue to assist teachers to fine tune their spaces, is immeasurable.

  • Account Manager - Central and South Auckland

    I am passionate about working with schools, sharing my vision for furniture as a considered investment in the well-being of the student, while creating inspiring learning environments that exceed expectation. I’m no stranger to managing large projects and will rise to any challenge, having previously worked with a multi-million dollar budget, supplying 60,000 individual furniture items for the City of Glasgow College.

    Having customers for life is something Furnware as an organisation take seriously, and I am committed to providing a world-class customer service, from the initial consultation to delivery and beyond. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work for a company whose values align with mine, where I can really make a positive difference in the classroom.

  • Account Manager - Waikato / Coromandel / Bay of Plenty

    Kia ora,

    Schools are wonderful places and as an active mum of three busy boys, I understand the important role they play in all of our lives.

    When it comes to collaborating with my customers, I never take a ‘one size fit’s all’ approach. Every school has a unique culture, and vision of what they want their teaching and learning to look like. With my diploma in interior design combined with a deep understanding of what makes an effective learning space, I ensure any solutions are well thought out, future proof and tailored to the pedagogy of the school.

    Being part of a proudly NZ owned and operated company is very rewarding and I truly love what I do. Meeting people and building long-term relationships is something I feel very passionate about ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’ and I am excited about working alongside my customers, guiding them on their journey to implementing innovative learning environments.

    Nga Mihi.

     

  • Account Manager - Lower North Island - East

    Now well into my second decade at Furnware, I have a wealth of experience and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with schools across Hawke’s Bay and the central North Island – co-creating inspiring environments which improve learning outcomes.

    I love working alongside dynamic educators, and the Furnware team, who are dedicated to helping schools achieve their goals. My consultative approach is to first listen and understand my schools’ needs before designing solutions. Building long-term relationships with customers means I share their hopes and aspirations and I also have a lot of fun on the way.

    It’s great to have a passion for what you do, and I am motivated as a mother and grandmother of 7 to make a difference to young people. To enhance children’s ability to learn is a wonderful gift and I feel privileged to be a part of their journey.

  • Account Manager - Hong Kong

    I believe building strong customer relationships through collaboration and support goes hand-in-hand when creating new and inspiring classroom environments; which is why I enjoy meeting and working with so many new people. I am extremely proud to be part of a team of passionate account managers who aren’t considered sales people, but consultants who provide innovative ideas and solutions to help teachers and principals create a special place for their students to learn and have fun at the same time.

    There are so many enjoyable aspects to my job, especially watching students achieving the best they can while enjoying their time in the classroom. I love being able to bring our Furnware product and customer service internationally, collaborating with schools in Hong Kong to develop their 21st Century learning spaces. 

  • Account Manager - Lower North Island - West

    Wellington, Wanganui & Taranaki

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 20 years, it’s that a comfortable student is a focused student. Which is why I’m passionate about creating spaces to learn and grow that are filled with Furnware products. Enhancing learning outcomes for students is front of mind when I engage with schools and I pride myself on providing all the facts and information to allow informed decisions with the best outcomes for everyone.

    I love coming up with solutions and opportunities to create a unique learning environment and the most satisfying thing about my job is returning to a newly outfitted classroom and seeing the happy faces of students interacting with their new space. It’s absolutely fantastic to know that what we offer makes a difference to learning.

  • Account Manager - South Island

    I have always loved working with materials and it's exciting to work for such a progressive company that designs and manufactures furniture from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. The furniture we make is thoroughly researched and developed from the conversations we have with educators, so I know when we collaborate with our schools, we are not only offering the highest quality school furniture, but products that have been specifically designed for the learner and the classroom.

    Over the years, I have developed my strengths around overseeing a project through the entire process, enjoying the attention to detail and providing outstanding customer service. I’m dedicated to building strong customer relationships, to better understand the unique needs of my schools and work closely with them to design successful, one-of-a-kind learning space solutions that deliver results.

  • Account Manager - NSW / ACT

    As a child, my classroom environment and furniture was uninspiring and lacked energy. It’s so refreshing to now be working with schools and passionate educators throughout NSW to create inspiring learning spaces that engage students.

    Every school, classroom, teacher and student is different. So here at Furnware, before we start any project, or jump to a solution, we ask a lot questions and do a lot of listening. I believe that only then, can I truly meet the individual needs of each customer.

    As a mother of two young children, I’m really invested in their education. I believe every child should be given the opportunity to succeed and I am looking forward to working with schools to help them achieve their teaching and learning goals.

  • Account Manager - NSW

    I began my colourful career path as a teacher, my experience as only one of two teachers in a remote NSW school, was almost as interesting as teaching 14 kids remotely via a 2-way radio. This was before the days of the internet and Skype - quite a challenge. Saying ‘over’ at the end of every sentence when calling my mother on the phone, was a habit that was hard to break.

    As much as I loved teaching, travel and adventure was calling and where best to start than working for an actual airline. For the next 12 years, I performed a multitude of roles for Ansett - from tarmac planning, rostering, even bringing in the Concord for British Airways.

    Things got a bit more ‘serious’ when I moved to the corporate side. At one time, American Express had the biggest corporate travel company and it was here that I developed my passion for building meaningful and lasting relationships with clients. I managed a team responsible for looking after the travel needs of huge multinational companies including Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, GM motors and Ford.

    Over the next few years I would work for Citibank looking after all Australian Government travel business, set up a sales team to focus on new corporate business for Qantas and work for a variety of businesses implementing sale strategy’s and ongoing account management.

    The opportunity to work at Furnware came at a time when I was ready for a new challenge and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom to work with teachers and form new relationships with schools all around NSW.

  • Account Manager - QLD

    Being part of an organisation that’s committed to making a difference to the way our children learn and grow, really resonates with me. I love getting out into the classrooms, meeting principals, teaching staff and most importantly, our children.

    When I meet my clients, I really focus on forming partnerships through collaboration and listening closely to what’s important to them. It then allows me to offer flexible and tailored learning solutions that best meet their schools’ needs. I consider myself extremely fortunate that I have the opportunity to witness firsthand, the enthusiasm and engagement children display in these newly created spaces. It’s exciting and satisfying and I get to experience it on a daily basis.

  • Account Manager - QLD

    Like anyone, I love a great story. When I discovered Furnware’s colourful 60-year history and evolution into the business it is today, it really resonated with me. We might be in the business of selling furniture but it’s much more than that. Working hand-in-hand with schools to implement positive change in the classroom, while supporting their unique vision for teaching and learning, is what most appealed to me. 

    With a degree studying 3D design and a previous career with Flight Centre as part of their internal education division, I have a genuine interest and passion in the premium products we manufacture and the educators we work with. I am also a father, and have seen first-hand the positive difference a school can make to a child’s life. For me, providing a service creating environments for children to develop and grow in their learning is extremely exciting and rewarding.

  • Account Manager - WA

    I’ve been lucky to have grown up within the Furnware family, so I’ve seen first-hand the amazing innovations we’ve explored and launched over the years – like the game-changing Bodyfurn chair. Having worked in most departments in the business, I have a hands-on understanding of the manufacturing process, customer connection and delivery. I really love that everyone at Furnware works together, always striving to achieve more, so students have the very best learning experiences.

    I put all my energy into creating a positive experience with customers, education is about as important as it gets and I’m proud to work with schools to enhance learning wherever possible. The difference we are making in creating amazing classrooms the world over is something to be immensely proud of.

  • Internal Account Manager - Australia
    As a former teacher, I’m highly impressed with the student-centred, pedagogy led approach we take from design to manufacture, right through to consultancy and implementation. I love how everything we do stems from a desire to create the most innovative, collaborative and fun learning environments for students.  
     
    I have a real understanding of the needs of both teachers and students in the classroom with knowledge of what furniture works for teaching and learning. It’s thoroughly enjoyable to work alongside our customers, bringing their vision to life and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in a learning space.
     
    Having seen first-hand the impact an amazing learning space can have on everyday life in a school, I am proud to be a part of the Furnware family.

We are extremely fortunate to have strong, collaborative relationships with education associations across the globe. Some as a business partner, others as a supporter of their conference and events. Many of these relationships have spanned years and continue to grow and evolve.

And it’s not just the large associations, but we are right there at the grass roots level supporting local and regional cluster groups throughout our regions.

Here are the organisations we are privileged to call our partners:

  • Adolescent Success

    Since 1999 Adolescent Success has been dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents primarily aged 10-15. Just like Furnware, Adolescent Success works hand in hand with teachers, schools and educators all around the world, aiming to find the best way for children to thrive in the most inspiring learning spaces imaginable. Student success is something we both are passionate about, which makes our partnership even more meaningful.

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    Since 1999 Adolescent Success has been dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents primarily aged 10-15. Just like Furnware, Adolescent Success works hand in hand with teachers, schools and educators all around the world, aiming to find the best way for children to thrive in the most inspiring learning spaces imaginable. Student success is something we both are passionate about, which makes our partnership even more meaningful.

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  • School Executive Officers Association

    Furnware and NZSEO have been together since the beginning. In 1992 at the inception of the Association, Furnware was one of the first businesses to partner with them. Over the years, the partnership has grown in strength and we are very proud to support such a professional association of school executives.

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    Furnware and NZSEO have been together since the beginning. In 1992 at the inception of the Association, Furnware was one of the first businesses to partner with them. Over the years, the partnership has grown in strength and we are very proud to support such a professional association of school executives.

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  • New Zealand School Principals' Federation

    Since 1994 Furnware has partnered with New Zealand’s primary principals through their professional association NZPF. That’s a long time and a testament to the fact that we share the same set of values. Striving for the highest standards in schooling for children, and working collaboratively to achieve great results. Principals frequently consult Furnware to ensure they are creating classroom furniture that is right for the times, right for the teaching philosophies, and right for the kids. That’s what makes Furnware and NZPF such a great fit.

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    Since 1994 Furnware has partnered with New Zealand’s primary principals through their professional association NZPF. That’s a long time and a testament to the fact that we share the same set of values. Striving for the highest standards in schooling for children, and working collaboratively to achieve great results. Principals frequently consult Furnware to ensure they are creating classroom furniture that is right for the times, right for the teaching philosophies, and right for the kids. That’s what makes Furnware and NZPF such a great fit.

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We are always on the lookout for great talent. Because we are a business that designs, manufactures and delivers our products, we need people with a variety of skills.

Whether you’re a marketer, a welder, a designer, a joiner, or just great with people, then there could be a role for you. Most of all, if you’re interested in working for a company where it’s all about the kids, then this could be the place for you.

Forward your resume to our recruitment team.