Meet Our Team

Dave Baker

Chief Technology Officer

Dave has had over 20 years experience in the IT industry. Dave has had permanent and consultancy roles with a number of large companies encompassing a variety of industries including banking, insurance, oil, manufacturing and utilities in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Dave started out in IT as a developer in a mainframe environment before moving into client server development roles using object oriented programming languages. Dave joined NZRS shortly after the go-live of the implemention of the Shared Registry System.

Tracy Johnson

Channel Manager

An outgoing member of the team, Tracy works with each registrar to discuss a personal, well tailored plan to assist with their .nz domain business. Experience in Account Management developed Tracy’s passion to offer enthusiastic and professional service to clients. She specialises in assisting business with their growth strategies. Her results are built on her reputation for being a great communicator, reinforced by her personal approach and success in forming trusted client relationships. There is nothing Tracy enjoys more than helping business’s to achieve their goals. Tracy is passionate about giving back to the community, often using her networking and event organisation skills to facilitate charity fundraising events. She also enjoys exploring NZ’s scenic bush walks.

Sebastian Castro

Chief Scientist

Sebastian obtained a MSc and Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Chile in the area of Computer Networks. Before arriving to New Zealand, he spent a two-year sabbatical working as DNS Analyst for CAIDA, mainly involved in the analysis of DITL (Day In The Life of Internet) data. Before that, he shared his time between DNS Operations for the .CL registry and lecturer for the CS Department of the University of Chile.

Sue Carter

Office Manager

Sue is responsible for managing the administrative tasks of the organisation, assists in the preparation of financial and accounting activities and provides board support.

Mike Gray

Systems and Security Architect

Mike started at NZRS in mid-2012 having spent the previous five years as a technical lead in a large U.S.-based corporate environment. Mike has a broad range of technical skills and enjoys applying these in the design and development of technical solutions.

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Dane Foster

Infrastructure Manager

Dane has been working in the sysadmin and network engineering fields for 15 years, across 17 countries spread all over the world. From his beginnings in Canada he has helped run the systems for the World Rally Championships, been instrumental in setting up an affordable ISP in Fiji, and ensured CityLink’s network stays functional here in New Zealand. He’s a keen motorcyclist, a motorcycle race team owner and adventurer, and a fan of craft beer and dogs (and especially, places where one can have both). Dane joined NZRS in early 2014, and is tasked with maintaining the infrastructure on which all .nz sites run.

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Josh Simpson

Systems Administrator

Josh joined the NZRS systems administrator team in early-2014 to assist in maintaining the .nz infrastructure. In a previous life he shared the technical responsibilities of maintaining and expanding the reach of Wellington based internet provider Actrix.

He has personal interests in all things tech and gadgets, runs a home virtualization lab, enjoys the occasional sci-fi movie, and has also been known to lurk at Kiwicon and NZNOG conferences.

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Daniel Griggs

Systems Administrator

Daniel has been working in the IT industry for 15 years, during that time he has worked for New Zealand ISPs such as Paradise Net and FX Networks, working as both a Unix Systems Administrator and DWDM Architect. His work has ranged from manning the helpdesk, through to planning and excuting nation wide transmission network upgrades. When not at work Daniel can often be found on-board an aeroplane travelling to far off locations or trying the variety of coffees and beers on offer in Wellington.

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Paul Radford

Systems Administrator

Paul appeared at NZRS one day in 2017, following a stint at a European
open-journalism firm. He has done Linux/UNIX/application systems work
for several NZ public-sector organisations, interspersed with periods of
academic study and six years teaching English in Japan and Vietnam. He
has two Master’s degrees and a teaching diploma. Paul values quality,
elegant solutions and time well-spent; therefore he lives on the *nix
command line. No Pine or Mutt though.

Taras Klish

Senior Developer

Taras joined NZRS in early 2014 having spent over 20 years in the IT industry. Taras has been involved in the development of the Internet on a variety of roles in Ukraine and New Zealand, worked on software development for New Zealand and the U.S hospitality industry and telco companies. As a member of the new development team Taras is responsible for the development and support of core .nz software systems. Taras likes good music, virtual worlds and strong coffee.

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Sonya Trompetter

Applications Support Analyst

A career change has seen her return to the IT sector after working as a Vet for the past 10 years. Brought into the Applications Support role to make use of the analytical skills she gained in both of her careers - her first career included a variety of IT roles such as Systems, Data and Test Analysis in the IT Sector here in Wellington as well as in London.

Heiko Wanning

Senior Web Developer

Before joining the NZRS team, Heiko has, among other things, co-founded a small start up for social hitch hiking, developed code for the biggest news site in NZ and co-designed and implemented a client-server-architecture used in border security systems in the EU and for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. He is interested in data analysis and languages and loves playing Volleyball and Underwater Rugby.

Kesara Rathnayake

Senior Web Developer

Kesara has worked on various projects in the areas of web application development, enterprise search engines, web hosting platforms and domain name management over the past 7 years.

He is passionate about FOSS, AI, photography, music and video games.

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Simon Green

Senior Developer

Simon joined NZRS in early 2017, and has spent over 20 years in the IT industry. He has worked for multiple ISPs in New Zealand and Australia, and also worked for Red Hat. As a member of the development team Simon is responsible for the development and support of core .nz software systems.

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Jing Qiao

Internet Researcher

Jing joined NZRS in early 2016 after moving with her family from Beijing. Jing started her career in 2009 in CNNIC, the .cn Registry, where she has been focused on DNS Analysis, R&D and DNS Server Testing. After that Jing has been mainly working in a Testing area for private and public IT companies in Beijing and Wellington. Jing was keen on sports like badminton, table tennis and swimming in China and could not wait to explore her new life here in New Zealand.

Huayi Jing

Data Scientist

Huayi is a new kiwi. Before joining NZRS in early-2016, she worked as a research engineer in National University of Singapore where she developed her mathematical modelling and data analysis skills to find business insights. She believes data is the present and the future and she is very excited to learn and grow in the data scientist career. Recently, she fell in love with sketching and found it amazing to draw different objects and texture using just one pencil. Also, she is very excited about getting her first dog.