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Christchurch

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03 372 1900
Physical Address:

520 Colombo St, Christchurch, 8011

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Postal Address:

PO Box 25130, Christchurch, 8141

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Contact us on 0800 656 466 or clientcare@lifetime.co.nz or alternatively send us an online enquiry below.

I want to use my wisdom, experience and love of people to inspire them to start designing the life they want through creating financial freedom. Helping people to gain clarity about what it is they want and what that life actually looks like for them. I was always inspired by the quote “The purpose of work is to fund a magnificent life.”

I am a Southlander and worked on a sheep and beef farm before working in the insurance sector. I enjoy working with young families who are trying to get a start in life and also those who are new to business. I enjoy working with them and see them succeed and grow. Being able to help and point them in the right direction to get the advice they are looking for.

I’m passionate about my job here as a registered financial adviser. Being a father of two I know that life is never static which is a good thing, my role here is to ensure that you have a Plan B is in place so the curve balls life throws at us don’t interfere with us achieving our goals and impact upon our families. You will find I am honest, hardworking and at times exhausted as all parents understand.

Hi, I'm Dave. To me life is a wonderful adventure and journey to share and enjoy with the people around me. I have been blessed with a truly special family and a career that enables me to help and guide the families I work with to achieve their goals and dreams. Life happens once, time rushes by and sometimes it just makes sense in our busy world to get some solid, dependable and trustworthy help and guidance along the way.

First and foremost, all business aside, I am a mum. I am a sister, an auntie, a daughter, a niece and a wife. I love gardening, cooking, family, cars and animals. I believe in people first, honesty and transparency.

Hi my name is Taviri. I grew up in finance having started my first job at a bank when I was 18 and it's been all go from then. I enjoy anything to do with helping people. Especially when you see clients come in not knowing if they can achieve the goal of home ownership and the realisation that they can in their faces. And to top it off the excitement in their voice when you call up to say CONGRATULATIONS on the day they move in. That still gives me a buzz after all these years.

Dealing with both risk insurance and investment I'm passionate about achieving the best outcome for my clients and often the success of the work I've done is only realised when I help clients when they most need it.....claim time! Essentially putting money in someone's hands when they need it most means I've done my job. Whether that means a health event or a comfortable retirement, I'm happy either way.

Born in Christchurch as number 5 out of 6 kids and a Cantabrian through and through (yes we are catholic :-). Three older brothers instilled a resilience that has stayed with me and my mothers sad passing when I was aged 13, a determination to provide every customer the best insurance coverage or investment plan I can source from the market for a competitive cost.

Ian has been a passionate protector of business and family finances since 1991 when he got his first Certificate of Practice. An ALU, AFP and an Authorised Financial Adviser, Ian continually updates his skills and education in order to deliver sound, relevant advice to his risk and investment clients.

I am passionate about offering sound and practical advice that help people achieve their financial goals and priorities which I so appreciate the trust they put in me to work with them to do this. I believe this is the basis of a strong, long lasting relationship. Ensuring clients have a pleasant experience working with us is important to me as well as having a good understanding of the information I provide.

Eru was born in Waiouru Military Camp and spent his early childhood years in Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia before attending Waihi Boys School and Christ’s College. He then joined the New Zealand Army, serving as a rifleman in 2/1 Battalion, Burnham. After leaving the army he spent five years travelling in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa.

Hi, I’m Christine, born and bred in Christchurch. Although I’ve lived here and there over the years, this is my home, the place where I feel the greatest connection. I've also been in the financial industry for 30 plus years, so have learnt a thing or two along the way. Besides my 3 golden rules which I have followed throughout my life, I have also learnt to keep it simple, and the wisdom of knowing how and when to seek good advice.

Hi, I'm Matt. Who am I? Well, that's a big question but I'm a family man (first and foremost), a sports enthusiast, a board game aficionado, an avid traveler, a debateaholic and an 80's rock fanatic. I am also a financial myth buster. I love busting common financial myth and legend into easily decipherable clear and understandable language. I love turning seemingly complex problems into easy solutions and I love seeing more than anything, my clients have the choice to retire early.

Laurie specialises in the Risk Insurance sector in the Financial services industry. Her experience spans over 30 years. She moved to Christchurch in 2000 where
she built a strong business of her own and sold this recently before moving to Lifetime. Laurie believes it is important to work clients through a full process enabling the client to make an informed decision from a position of knowledge.

I can trace my interest for finance and money back to the family monopoly games we used to play when I was a kid. I loved the game, but hated losing! I truly believe that financial freedom is attainable by everyone if a plan is actioned. The earlier you start the better. Once you start seeing the power of compounding it becomes addictive.

I am passionate about 2 things: people and how to learn more to help people. Finance is fascinating to me, so I want to know everything I can to truly empower people that I work with. In short, I'm passionate about getting better at my job, to make others better at reaching their goals and enjoying that moment when a person can sit back, relax and let out an, "aawwhh" of relief, because they got to their destination financially, emotionally, and mentally. If my clients don't get to experience that feeling, then I don't either - so we are completely in this together.

Our Team

Allan McNaughton


Argent Adviser & Director


Allan kicked off his career in the financial services industry in the 1980’s and is a CLU, an AFP, an AFA and holds the NZ Diploma in Life Insurance. Whist being an active member of the Lifetime Group Board, his passion remains working with clients. Meeting their individual needs, seeing their life goals being fulfilled and ensuring this happens in a hassle free, professional manner is what makes him passionate about his work.

Allan was also one of the founding members of ALF (the Argent Lifetime Foundation) and has been an active participant in the foundation’s cornerstone event – the ALF Golf Charity day – for over 10 years.

To add to his focus of giving back, Allan is the current Chairman of Certus Trust; an organisation which since its inception has granted in excess of $186,000 to assist New Zealanders to better improve their quality of life.

Allan is married with three children and enjoys spending time with the family travelling together.

Lucy Mitchell


Receptionist / Adviser Support

I started working at Lifetime in September 2017 in a receptionist/admin/adviser support role. I love meeting and greeting people and ensuring they leave with a smile!
Lifetime is a lively and fun place to work!
In my spare time I am a keen motorcyclist and have travelled around most of New Zealand although for the moment my partner and I are building a house, so looking forward to moving in early in 2018.
We also spend as many weekends as possible at Lake Brunner where we have a caravan and go boating.
I have two adult children who are currently in Christchurch but my youngest is about to venture to Europe on his Big OE!

Andrea McKissock


Academy Training Coordinator

Andrea has over 10 years’ experience in the insurance industry having joined the Lifetime Team in 2009 as Receptionist/Admin Support on a part time basis. With the knowledge she has gained over the years she recently moved into the full time role of Regional Admin Manager - Southern, looking after the admin support team within the Southern region. Outside of work Andrea enjoys playing netball, running, gardening, spending family time with her two daughters who are very active on the sports front along with quality time with friends.

Laura Swambo


Adviser Support
BA - Media & Communications/English. Dip Contemporary Photography

I came to Lifetime with over 10 years of customer service experience, mainly in the hospitality industry. I was excited to start a new role where I could utilise everything I had learned. I started in the Customer Care Team and soon moved on to an Adviser Support Role. I also help Kat when I can with marketing, which I love doing. I had never envisioned myself working in the financial industry, and to my surprise I really enjoy it. There's never a day I don't want to come into work.

When I'm not at work I love to play netball and basketball. I'm also kept very busy by my two boys Cohen and Tanner.

I am passionate about having a strong work ethic. I enjoy keeping busy and always need something to do. I also believe you should love the work you do and I strive to offer great service to the clients.

Lucy Ridley


Assistant Accountant

Originally from the UK, Lucy has been in New Zealand for little over a year, having arrived from life in Canada. Lucy has varying accounting experience, ranging from working for Big 4 companies at home in the UK to small town tourism operations in the Canadian Rockies. In her spare time Lucy enjoys travel, food and coffee. Eating, with a coffee, whilst travelling is her ultimate pastime.

Alahna Gestro-Best


Adviser Support


Certificate in Business Administration

Hey there! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read my riveting self profile...oh no, now I'm going to have to write something really interesting to keep you excited and intrigued. Well, I was born and raised in a small town on the sunny West Coast. Wait! Don't click away! I promise we aren't as strange as some of you think we are... Basically I'm a paperwork and computer ninja here at Lifetime. I have strong defenses against large volumes of paperwork, tedious emails and Insurance providers. My advisers and I have always got your back. From the time of application, to the time you need to claim, we will do everything we can to ensure you get what you need; when you need it. I love to spend my spare time with my family and friends. I also love drawing, painting, traveling, playing games and tramping.

Sue Moore


Receptionist

I have been working as receptionist for Lifetime since 2008 and love the variety that each day brings to the role. I really enjoy the relationship I have built up over the years with a number of our clients and always endeavour to make their first point of contact a happy one.

My job is always varied and definitely never boring! In my spare time I enjoy home renovating, gardening, taking long walks down the beach and enjoying the company of family and friends – especially spending time with our beautiful wee grandson ♥

Michael Claassen


IT Coordinator

Michael started his career in 1999, which gives him over 20 years’ experience within the IT Sector, he is a family orientated and task driven individual who is always up for a new challenge. Born and raised in Sunny South Africa, Michael now brings his strong work ethic and can-do attitude to our lifetime team in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Taylar Whight


Customer Care Assistant

I have worked in Customer Service for almost 10 years. I believe in relating to the customer to make their customer service experience one to remember. Born and Raised in Christchurch, based in South Canterbury with my Husband and my fur babies Jax and Cruz. In my spare time I play Football during winter and touch rugby during summer. I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I am passionate about helping our customers get the best outcome when they make contact. Relating to the customer and taking the time to understand them means a great deal to me. A great quote I live by "Make every interaction count, even the small ones. They are all relevant."

Aaron Bowkett


General Manager - Advice


Aaron is the General Manager – Advice at Lifetime. His early career was in the area of professional development before moving into Banking in 1998 then Financial Planning in 2002 while living in Dublin Ireland.

On returning to New Zealand Aaron attained the Certified Financial Planner designation and continued working as an Investment Adviser.

In 2008 he switched to Business Development for the next decade. Firstly with a large corporate growing the funds management offering then in 2015 working with a startup investment firm sourcing funds into a completely new investment offering.

More recently Aaron worked as a Financial Planner with clients throughout New Zealand utilising the latest technologies to drive better outcomes for clients.

For fun he enjoys the outdoors with family and friends and working in his small vineyard.

Donna Edwards


Adviser Support

I started my employment with Lifetime back in 2012 assisting with some data entry before taking on the role of Adviser support in 2013. I work with the advisers in the Argent team. I live locally in the Somerfield area with my husband, 2 sons, daughter and our beloved family pet dog Georgia. When away from the office I enjoy getting into the outdoors with the family for some adventures.

Megan Coombs


Customer Care Assistant
BA(Hons)

I have extensive experience in customer service and I enjoy speaking to customers on a daily basis and getting to know people. When not at work I am a Mum to two daughters, a cat and a rabbit. I enjoy the outdoors, baking and spending time with friends. I am passionate about ensuring every customer is interaction is dealt with a positive attitude and a smile. I like everybody to feel important and nothing is too much to ask. I enjoy learning new skills and making every day enjoyable.

Jordana Cook


Systems Administrator

Born and raised in Christchurch Jordana has over three years’ experience in the Insurance Industry. Jordana joined the Lifetime Team in August 2016 as an Adviser Support where she looks after two advisers and works across both Risk and Investment, she is also involved with our Operations and Support team to help with system inquires and improvements. Away from work Jordana enjoys playing netball and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Fiona Moffat


Business Support Manager

Fiona joined the finance team at Lifetime in 2014. New to the insurance industry she bought with her a wide range of commercial experience in accounts, administration and process improvement. As well as supporting the finance team she works closely with the entire management team.

Fiona and her partner, Steve, enjoy travelling whenever the opportunity arises; particularly going to the World Cup every four years. They share their home with Katie, a retired Greyhound.

Nicole Kay


Customer Care Assistant

I was born and raised in Southland, starting my working life as a waitress, which taught me the importance of customer service. I am now based in Christchurch and I am excited to bring the customer service skills I have gained over the past six years to this role. I enjoy spending my spare time with my friends and family. I am passionate about doing what is best for our customers. My goal is for them to walk away from our conversation feeling as though their needs have been heard and meet. I truly believe that the level and type of customer service a client receives can make or break their experience.

Cushlia Young


Adviser Support

Batchelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage (BTSM).

Cushlia joined Lifetime team in 2015 initially as a Receptionist/Admin Support, with 10 years’ experience as an administrator in different industries. Her current role is Adviser Support.

Cushlia currently supports multiple advisers with the process of implementing insurance with phone calls, paperwork and making sure things run as smoothly as possible for the adviser and clients.

Cushlia was born in Invercargill and moving to Canterbury as a child. She has a passion for travel, baking, hiking and the outdoors. In her spare time she runs her own business as a Massage Therapist.

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