Our Team

It is with a great deal of pride that Brooker Travel has maintained not only a settled staff, but also a team committed to furthering both their training and experience.

This loyalty to the company and dedication to their chosen careers is reflected in our commitment to you, our client.

We have offices in DunedinWellington and Queenstown

Dunedin

Andrew Carmody

Andrew Carmody

Partner

Direct Dial (03) 474 6121
Email andrew@brooker.co.nz

Andrew brings with him a wide personal travel experience of Europe, USA, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands having personally visited nearly 40 different countries across the planet. With 27 years in travel agency management and over 35 years of travel consulting experience he is committed to delivering client satisfaction.

Almost as good as travelling myself is helping to plan someone's dream holiday, sharing the hard earned travel tips, suggesting different experiences and helping make a a travel experience unforgetable !

If you are after the ultimate travel organisation and assistance that only comes with the experience of years in travel then I would love to help you plan your next adventure. Just some of my favourite travel experiences I can share with you are :-

• Travelling from Istanbul through Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany and onto the UK by train - following
   much of the old original Orient Express route

• Private game park in South Africa getting up close and personal in the ultimate wildlife experience
• Cruising the Amazon, partying in Rio de Janeiro one of the world’s most stunning city’s and the ultimate stay
   at the Hotel das Cataracts at the foot of Iguazu Falls

• Walking the Cinque Terre or Barging the canals of England
• Attending international events like the Olympics and Rugby World cup

When you book with helloworld – your holiday starts the moment you walk through our door !

David Smith

David Smith

Partner

Direct Dial (03) 474 6120
Email david@brooker.co.nz

David offers a wide personal travel experience of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands having visited nearly 40 different countries. This, along side some 40 years in the travel industry, provides travellers with an exceptional wealth of knowledge, travel experiences and travel solutions whether it be Corporate, Leisure holidays, fully guided tours or Group Travel.

Favourite City  :  Rome

Most memorable travel experiences:-

  • Visiting the Safari Parks of Kenya including the Masai Mara and Serengetti
  • A Tuscan Villa for a week
  • Cruising the Nile in Egypt
  • Eating Bistecca fiorentina in Italy (photo)
  • Travelling with a High School College to Gallipoli in 2015
  • Tiger breeding centre in Chaing Mai
Karen Carmody

Karen Carmody

Partner / Financial Controller

Email karen@brooker.co.nz

With over 15 years experience in travel industry accounting, Karen brings the organisational skills to the office and her main duties lie in the area of credit control and account production and wages.

Bronwyn Bowler

Bronwyn Bowler

Financial Administrator

Direct Dial  (03) 474 6131
Email bronwyn@brooker.co.nz

When I was in primary school, I wrote an essay titled …’I want to be a Travel Agent’. After some years in the retail and hospitality industries, I did just that!.I joined the travel Industry in 1990, growing from Office Receptionist to being a Senior Consultant by 1993. I remained in this position for a further 10 years during which time I travelled quite extensively with my highlights being visits to South Africa, South America, Canada, the United Kingdom and some European countries. In 2003 I chose a change of role – joining in the Brooker Travel Accounts team. Although my travel adventures have quietened over the past years, I still relish the chance to get on board and aircraft and enjoy new places and experiences.

Drew Carmody

Drew Carmody

Office Manager Dunedin

Direct Dial (03) 474 6133
Email drew@brooker.co.nz

Having grown up in the family business, Drew continued the family tradition starting his travel career in 2002. Since then he gained over 10 years of travel industry experience while working his way up from a Domestic Travel Consultant, progressing to an experienced Senior International Travel Consultant at our Head Office in Dunedin. During this time Drew has developed relationships with key suppliers while ensuring we met our client’s expectations alongside friendly helpful service. In 2009 Drew headed to Arrowtown to open and manage a new office catering for Central Otago travellers.  Working there through until 2015, interrupted only by a year living in Europe, the office continued to grow until recently relocating to the new Five Mile development in Frankton, Queenstown. 

Drew even had a guest spot on the Amazing Race Asia booking flights for Jess and Lani as they passed through Arrowtown which was an interesting experience. “I was able to get them on such a great onward flight, the production company were caught off guard and had to scramble to get camera crews organized to meet them on their earlier than expected on arrival.” 

His list of countries to see and visit keeps on growing with numerous clients returning to tell him all about their fantastic adventures.   “The varied clients make it so interesting, I enjoy seeing their excitement and being able to help them discover new destinations”. 

Now based again in Dunedin, Drew is helping both Leisure and Corporate travellers get the best deals to travel all over the world.   His places visited include Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Fiji, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, the Nappa Valley, New York, Paris, the South of France, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, many parts of Germany and most recently travelling north from Rome, visiting Florence, experiencing a once in a lifetime New Years Eve in Venice, Milan and finishing up in Zurich.  Favorite sites would include Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg Castle and the Dusseldorf & Dresden Alstadt’s. 

Stephanie Hassall

Stephanie Hassall

Senior Travel Consultant Dunedin

Direct Dial (03) 474 6129
Email steph@brooker.co.nz

As well as clocking up over 22 years in the NZ travel industry, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to cruise around the world, literally, while working on cruise ships. There are so many fascinating places and sights to see, amazing cultures and activities to experience, and absorbing history to immerse yourself in.  My highlights have been Egypt, Turkey and Mexico.

Working with corporate travellers, it is the challenge of meeting clients travel requirements, within the parameters given, and getting the best value out of travel budgets, that makes each day interesting and unique. 

Grant Bokser

Grant Bokser

Senior Travel Consultant Dunedin

Direct Dial (03) 474 6123
Email grant@brooker.co.nz

Grant has 23 years’ experience in the travel industry ranging across airline, wholesale, retail, and group travel, with the last 12 years specialising in corporate travel in New Zealand and the UK.

Grant brings his knowledge, skills and experience of organising international and domestic bookings to our corporate clients, combining his knowledge of Europe and the USA along with his extensive airfare expertise.

Nina Jeute

Nina Jeute

Accounts-Administrator

Direct Dial (03) 474 6135
Email nina@brooker.co.nz

Nina began with Helloworld in January 2016 as an Office Administrator.  Originally from Duessldorf she began her career working in 5* hotels in numerous roles ranging from front of house and customer service to reservations, accounts and event management.  While having not previously worked in a Travel Agency her experience in the hotel industry made her a great candidate to take on a variety of duties. Currently her main roles include corporate reporting, assisting the accounts department and reception - while not involved directly as a Travel Consultant her extensive travel through Europe offers the bonus of being able to assist our clientele with a first hand perspective of destinations our Travel Consultants have not yet visited.

Sarah Braun

Sarah Braun

Business Development Manager Dunedin

Direct Dial 029 981 6626
Email sarah@brooker.co.nz

Sarah joined Brooker Travel in September 2016 in the role of Business Development and customer liaison. With 20 years' experience across a variety of sales related industries in Dunedin, Christchurch & Wellington including her own business, Sarah brings a tremendous people skills to the business. she takes pride in all of her work and has a real focus on complete customer satisfaction.

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore

Senior Travel Consultant Dunedin

Direct Dial (03) 474 6135
Email nicole@brooker.co.nz

Nicole has been working with the team for over 10 years now. She loves planning and advising both new and existing clients on all their upcoming travel ideas. Whether it be a winter getaway with the kids, a 6-month lone OE, a romantic honeymoon or business travel she is here to help. She has traveled throughout Australia, the South Pacific Dubai and Vietnam, where she traveled extensively in 2012. She values spending as much time as she can with her family, and her wish is to share her love of travel with her children as the grow.

Emily Mathieson

Emily Mathieson

Travel Consultant Dunedin

Direct Dial (03) 474 6126
Email emily@brooker.co.nz

Emily has been working with the team at helloworld for 18 months, after studying Travel & Tourism at Otago Polytechnic, She is currently undertaking the role of Domestic and Shorthaul, she also specialises in leisure and group tours and Cruises. Her recent travel experiences includes Tahiti, Gold Coast Los Angeles and Thailand, but in earlier years Japan and Italy.
Emily also just won Rookie of the year for 2018.
Travel has always been a passion for  Emily and she loves the opportunity to work with her clients to ensure they have an amazing, stress free holiday.

Wellington

Carla Schollum

Carla Schollum

Office Manager Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 495 2209
Email carla@brooker.co.nz

There are so many options when it comes to travel and with 20 year’s experience under my belt I am here to work through these with you.  Client feedback is that I think outside the square, I am efficient, friendly, have an eye for detail so will ensure you receive accurate travel arrangements.  

When a client returns and tells me how much they loved their holiday it is truly satisfying and my enthusiasm for this job is still strong.  I have travelled to many places around the world and also cruised 5 times including Alaska, The Mediterranean and Bahamas!

Favourite travel memory is walking the Cinque Terre with my mum and I have never felt like I deserved a glass of wine more after that! Its these life experiences and memories travel gives you - I believe life is too short and everyone should get out there and see as much of the world as possible. I will do everything I can to ensure your holiday is hassle free as I truly want your holiday to be perfect!  

Prashila Ramritu

Prashila Ramritu

Senior Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 495 2207
Email prashila@brooker.co.nz

I have been selling all things travel for close to 18 years and know plenty of the tricks of the trade.  I have travelled extensively worldwide both on and off the beaten track.  With some of my highlights being ... Nepal, South India, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Bhutan.

I also specialise in school group travel and have a strong knowledge on South East Asia.  

Although I love travelling around the world so I can share my first hand experiences, what keeps me in this game is the relationships and friendships formed over the years with my clients. They are what makes my day and I love hearing about their trips when they return . 

Briar Edwards

Briar Edwards

Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 495 2204
Email briar@brooker.co.nz

I love the thrill people get when planning and booking their holiday and my goal is to ensure you have the perfect holiday from start to finish. I am professional, efficient and enjoy learning about new destinations. I am knowledgeable in Australia, Asia, South Pacific – especially Rarotonga and Fiji and have also experienced cruising.  I look after both corporate and leisure travel so a one stop shop!  I enjoy researching your holidays to ensure you get exactly what you want and suggest things you may not have thought of. A highlight of my job is when clients return from holiday and share stories and photos of their experiences, which is rewarding when I know I have helped make that holiday a reality 

Charlotte Scott-Hill

Charlotte Scott-Hill

Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 495 2206
Email charlotte@brooker.co.nz

I am experienced in short haul destinations such as Australia, the South Pacific and close to home cruising, however the list is continually growing! Having experienced a cruise first hand, I can appreciate why this is a popular way to travel and would love to share my experiences with you. I am also dedicated to constantly up-skilling my destination knowledge so that I can pass this expertise onto you.
I strive to ensure the planning of your trip is an exciting, informative and stress free experience. I absolutely love assisting customers in arranging the perfect holiday!
So whether you are after a tailor made itinerary, just airfares, a cruise, coach tour, holiday package, rental car, hotel accommodation, travel insurance or anything large or small then I look forward to hearing from you.

Gayle Papworth

Gayle Papworth

Senior Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (03) 442 1491
Email gayle@brooker.co.nz

Guiding clients through their journeys is what has kept Gayle passionate about the travel industry for 27 years. 
Having worked in travel in London and Wellington has meant she has a vast geographical and product knowledge. 
Travel gives you a unique real life perspective of how other cultures live now and also in the past.
Some of her favourite travel experiences -Flying into remote areas in  Venezuela to the the Angel Falls, Traveling by Combi through South Africa, The Valley of Kings in Egypt and sailing up the Nile in Felucca, Enjoying Disney theme parks with her daughter in Florida and California, Experiencing the sights and spices of Sri Lanka.

Liz Mouton

Liz Mouton

Senior Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 471 0979
Email liz@brooker.co.nz

Liz has worked in the Travel Industry for 23 years.
In that time she has been to experience many destinations within Asia, UK/Europe, North America, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
She understands the benefits of stopovers v airports and long layovers when in transit, having traveled with her family when the children were youngsters, teenagers and as adults. You cannot beat having experienced a destination to get the feel of that destination and being able to share the excitement and experience with clients.
When Liz married 30 years ago, her husband said Liz had tricked him into marrying him with promises of seeing the world. When she returned for their most recent travel to the US where they got to experience the Jazz/Blues and food of New Orleans, the country music and party atmosphere and the iconic Grand Ole Opry In Nasville and to end the trip with and intimate concert at the BB King Blues Club on 42nd Street with Burton Cummings.
Whether it be a road trip in Australia, a quick Island escape, Coach Touring, Ocean or River Cruising or a week in a Villa in the Chianti Region Italy, Liz has the experience to help make the trip one to remember and for all the right reasons.

Michelle Christensen

Michelle Christensen

Senior Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 471 0981
Email michelle@brooker.co.nz

Michelle is able to provide passion and problem-solving skills when finding the best holiday option for you.
With 30 years in the industry, previously working for Air New Zealand her product & destination knowledge, she is able to assist you with any travel arrangements.
She has traveled to Europe, Canada, USA, Asia, Australia & the Islands-highlights being Avalon Waterways Cruise on the Danube during the Christmas markets and The Rocky Mountaineer.
She is enjoying the opportunity to explore a new destination each year as she has a child living overseas, 2018 she is off to explore Croatia.

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper

Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 471 1016
Email claire@brooker.co.nz

Claire has had experience in both Corporate and Leisure Travel and has a good range of personal travel experience such as Australia/America/Canada/Fiji/Rarotonga/Europe and always looking for the next adventure.

She loves researching new destinations and hearing about whats new and exciting things coming up in different countries.

Tanisha Steyn

Tanisha Steyn

Travel Consultant Wellington

Direct Dial (04) 471 1015
Email tanisha@brooker.co.nz

Being able to experience different cultures, food and meeting new people is what makes me most passionate about travelling. Fro me as a travel consultant nothing excites me more than to help people experience what the world has to offer.

I've now been living in New Zealand since 2008, originally from South Africa. I am bi-lingual fluent in Afrikaans and English. I have been to Mozambique, Singapore, Cambodia, extensive travel through the South Pacific, most of Europe including London have done a couple of large cruise ship cruises, I have also sailed the Croatian coast for a week.

My favourite travel memories so far was when I was cruising along the Danube River in Budapest at night with the Hungarian Parliament Building lit up and when I was standing on the top deck of the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship in Sydney, having  a glass of wine whilst the sun was setting and we were sailing away.

Queenstown

Rebekah Hensman

Rebekah Hensman

Manager 5 Mile

Direct Dial (03) 442 1490
Email rebekah@brooker.co.nz

Rebekah is new to the travel industry; however, the amount of travel experiences she has had allows her to provide you with in-depth knowledge of places around the world. Having travelled to the USA, Canada, Japan, South East Asia, Bali, Australia and the South Pacific she is always looking for the next place to set foot on and is always thrilled to assist you in planning your own worldly adventure big or small.

Anywhere, anytime, anything you want to do I can organize it whether that’s hiking in Nepal, skiing in Switzerland or just sunbathing in Rarotonga then I’m your girl.

  • Some of my personal favourite travel memories are:Skiing the Slopes in Whistler, Canada
  • Having a Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon at Sunrise
  • Snorkeling in the Tropical Reefs of Koh Rok Nok, in Thailand
  • Taking in the fireworks at New Years in Hawaii
  • Canyoning down Waterfalls in Da Lat, Vietnam

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

” – Mark Twain

Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin

Travel Consultant 5 Mile

Direct Dial (03) 442 1491
Email jessica@brooker.co.nz

Jess is only just beginning her career in the travel industry; however the range of destinations she has experienced allows her to provide and array of knowledge of amazing destinations around the world. She has traveled to Rarotonga, Fiji, Canada, USA, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, and is on the way to her goal of completing all 7 continents before she is 25.

Jess is dedicated to up-skilling her knowledge, so she can pass this expertise on to you, and strives to ensure that the experience of planning your dream holiday at helloworld  is exciting and stress-free, with the end result being a holiday perfect from start to finish.