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Meet the Team


Let us introduce to you our Team of trained Educators and Brand Ambassadors who are all dedicated to providing you with the highest level of education and some of the best products available throughout NZ.  We are very proud of who we select to represent our company and to offer our student's only the very best in education and product knowledge.  

Debbie Taylor - Boss Lady

Hi... My name is Debbie Taylor and I am the Director of NZ Nail Academy and have been in the nail industry for the past 24+ years and hold more than 50 international certificates.  In 2001 I was invited to become part of the Education team for EzFlow Nail Systems NZ and travelled to Australia to attend an intense 5 day education seminar which I am proud to say I passed with flying colours. My educating knowledge and skills were further proven when in 2004 I won "Educator of the Year Award".   

I credit my career growth to having had amazing mentors - training with the world's most Elite Nail Artist's and Educators like Tom Holcomb - 10 times World Champion, 9 time Japan, Tom Bachik - celebrity man-icurist's to the stars - Alisha Romando-Botero - (Artistic Nail Design), Viv Simmonds Australia, Sam Biddle, Sarah Elmaz (Get Buffed Australia and most recently Trinity Beauty International Guru Educators such as Viktoriia Klopotova - European and World Championship winner, Susumu Urehara, Berry Shum, Monica Palezzi, Erin Eng Trinity USA plus many more.... 

I have also been one of the 3 judges for the NZ Nail Tech of the Year Awards for the past 3 times running, I am very proud of what I have achieved and am always striving to do better and bring the most up to date products and training to our students and nail professionals throughout NZ. 



Amy Groot - Putaruru Waikato

Hi, I’m Amy and I trained with NZ Nail Academy in 2017. I opened my own business in Putaruru shortly after and have never looked back. I absolutely love what I do and feel extremely lucky to work in a job that excites me daily. I have also been Internationally trained with Sarah Elmaz from Get Buffed and Erin Eng from Trinity Beauty USA.

I live in a house full of males (my husband & 3 boys), so I get my girly fix by doing beautiful manis on my clients.

Ive always loved art, so I find my passion in the industry lies within nail art and unique designs in my work. 

I’m so excited to be part of the NZ Nail Academy Education team and being able to help others along their journey.


Sammie Hunter - Christchurch & Auckland Central

Hey babes!  I'm Sammie, Owner of Eye Candy Beauty, Lash & Nail Artistry, a boutique home-based salon based in Christchurch.  I am a fully qualified lash and nail technician and have been in the beauty industry for close to 5 years now. Like my fellow Educators, I absolutely love love love my job so much so that I never feel like I'm working!!  

I am passionate about following new and upcoming beauty trends and techniques, and incorporating these styles into my work. I just LOVE using the Kenzico Gel Range offered by NZ Nail Academy, so I am immensely proud to now be a part of the amazing education team.

I believe in empowering others to become the best that they can be.  Therefore can't wait to share my love of nail art and trending techniques with you as a NZ Nail Academy student.

As a NZ Nail Academy student, your training doesn't end once your course is completed. We offer ongoing support with our training which is done by follow up communication and the chance to join a private support group on Facebook. 

Let us assist you on this amazing journey and help you to unlock your potential. x


Jill Roberts - New Plymouth

Jill Roberts from Nail Design Ltd Jill has achieved a Masters in Nail Technology and Artistry by 2005. 

Jill has been an educator both Nationally and Internationally and has worked with some amazing top brands within the industry over the years. Jill has won and placed in many Nail Competitions, both Nationally and Internationally, and was invited to be one of the judges in the 2015 NZ Nail Competitions. After 21 years in the industry, and owing/directing her own business (Nail Design Ltd), Jill still feels extremely passionate about all things "Nails". Jill is also one of the CEO's of the Nail Central Facebook group developed as a support group for nail techs throughout NZ.


Louise Gordon - Howick Auckland East

Hi, I am one of those lucky people who love their jobs!  I am the Auckland educator for the NZ Nail Academy Ltd, which is more than a job it’s a passion. If you have ever wanted a job you can fit in around your family, that allows you to meet clients and have fun whilst earning money the Nail and Beauty industry could be the perfect thing for you. I trained in 2001 and straight away opened a small salon in the local gym, lots of ideas but not much experience and even less capitol! It was hard at the beginning but by persevering and advertising I slowly built up a client base.  I went on to do Masters training and then educator training, which was fun but hard work.  

I started to educate in 2005 and haven’t looked back since. Up skilling is vital as it keeps you motivated and in touch with other technicians, as well as learning new techniques and being able to offer more services.

At NZ Nail Academy our goal is to train you in the best possible way with the best product’s that are affordable and that will perform well time after time.  going support is vital and we maintain relationships with our students long after they have trained.  We are constantly up skilling ourselves and are always excited to pass on new skills. We pride ourselves on being approachable and available whether you are a newly trained technician or one with years of experience. The Nail and Beauty industry is fast moving and growing in New Zealand as more and more woman demand a top quality product, which will give outstanding results…. 

Our range of products including our Trinity Acrylic System, Barbie Mirage Gel/Polygel, Trinity & Kenzico Gel Polish, and Vamp stamping polish are simply the best.  With our help and commitment to you, you can achieve your goals. There is a whole industry for you to be part of….go for it!!


Kate Kirkman - Geraldine South Island

Hello fellow nail enthusiast! I’m Kate and I started my journey in Nail Technology in 2017. I always loved getting my nails done and nail art, so when I started my training it was inevitable that this love affair bloomed into a passion that consumed me. I started my career in Nail Technology initially working from home part time, I was then offered the opportunity to rent a room at a local beauty salon and business boomed. I quit my day job and started operating full time shortly after and I’ve haven’t looked back since. 

I came across Debbie and NZNA in 2021 when I was selected as a finalist & subsequent runner up, for NZ Nail Technician of the Year. I have always been passionate about passing on my knowledge and skills to anyone interested in learning and listening. I’m a strong advocate for continual improvement and believe that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, learning new skills and investing in yourself is key to personal growth and happiness.

I am so excited to be part of the NZNA family and can’t wait to work with you! What are you waiting for? Click that enrol button now :)


Paula Parry - Tauranga

Hi ladies, I trained at NZ Nail Academy 9 years ago with Debbie. 

I  spent five and a half years in a beauty salon and have recently opened my own nail salon at home in Matua Tauranga called Nail Envy. I absolutely love doing nails and being part of an industry that is fun and exciting. 

I have done further training with Sarah Elmaz from Gel Buffed Nails Australia and also Erin Eng Trinity USA.

I'm excited and feel very honoured to be part of the amazing NZ Nail Academy educator team and I look forward to meeting you.


Jordi Jack - Invercargill coming soon!

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