We are Big Fish Creative
We are a full-service creative agency proudly based in Whangarei, Northland, with a friendly, talented and passionate team who think 'outside the tank' to deliver great results for great clients.
Strategy is about asking the challenging questions; where is your business going and how you define success. We offer ‘big picture’ insight to deliver marketing and communication strategies that are smart, effective, measurable and collaborative.
As a full service agency, we produce everything in-house, from exceptional strategy and branding through to captivating video and websites. Our team produces researched, insightful, artful work that is both smart and beautiful – yes, you can have it all.
Making it happen. We work with you to deliver your marketing strategy and continue to guide you through the measurement and analysis phase. Our preferred approach is to build meaningful long-term relationships as the ‘creative team’ for our valued clients.
Less talk, more action. Here's what we do.
This is what we’re passionate about. Our clients are important to us - the big guys and the small - and we work hard to find the right solution every time, whatever the brief.
Get to know our team
A clever, diverse, creative bunch with a global perspective, who have chosen to live in Northland for the big backyards, the friendly neighbours and the quintessential kiwi coastline.
Tristan TuckeyCreative Director
Tristan produces outstanding ideas at the drop of a hat, and coupled with his ability to easily distill a strategic vision and objectives and marry them effortlessly with tangible creative solutions, he is the ideal creative director.
Including his ten years as co-founder (now sole owner) and creative director of Big Fish Creative, Tristan is a design graduate who has been immersed in the creative industry for over 20 years, having worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK developing and leading a range of high profile marketing initiatives.
He has an undeniable environmental bent, being involved in a myriad of conservation projects in his spare time when he’s not landscaping in his own backyard.
Cheryl JensenMedia & Marketing
Cheryl is putting her extensive knowledge of the media and tourism industries to good use at Big Fish Creative, driving projects including the Northland and Whangarei visitor guides, and introducing the Northland tourism sector to the talent and innovative thinking in the Big Fish tank.
Cheryl’s career started in London’s competitive advertising agency world. After much travelling she fell in love with Godzone, where her career in advertising continued as media manager with two high profile Auckland agencies.
Marriage, two children and a herd of horses saw a change in direction, with the Jensens buying a 150 acre farm in the Bay of Islands. They later created and operated an adventure tourism business from the property. Cheryl spent 7 years with Northland’s regional tourism organisation promoting the region to domestic and international visitors before joining Big Fish.
Barac UnderwoodArt Director
Barac is the funky fish in the tank – keeping us up-to-date with the latest trends, products and surf reports, especially when there’s a nice ground swell running on the west coast.
He’s also a brilliant graphic designer and videographer, with a natural finesse for timelapse photography and editing.
Barac is delightfully honest and has an incredible eye for detail, which has been well refined in his 6 years with Big Fish.
An incredibly talented artist and all-round super nice guy, Trent was lured into the Big Fish tank for his coding skills as a front end website developer. Combined with his design expertise, eye for detail and natural affinity for understanding the needs of the ‘end user’, Trent knows how to take a good website and make it exceptional.
Outside of work, Trent is a recognised local artist of outstanding public and private art projects.
Chris AndersonStrategy & Design
Chris is both a big picture thinker and a stickler for detail, a winning combination in his multi-faceted role as strategic account planner and designer. Chris loves the strategy behind the design, delivering to the highest standard, every time.
A senior designer and planner, Chris specialises in print and web design work, having spent seven years in London working for multinational clients including Starbucks and the BBC.
Katy BrownMarketing and Communications
Katy brings strong marketing and communication skills to the team, adding linguistic finesse to all Big Fish projects and ensuring the finer details are meaningful and well considered.
A trained journalist and arts graduate, Katy has been with Big Fish for six years and has over 15 years’ experience in media and communications across a range of industries including health, education and large industry. She loves being a part of the creative process and witnessing a client’s strategy, vision and business objectives being brought to life.
Rangi KellyOnline Marketing
Armed with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Advertising and Design, Rangi is our resident social media and Google guru. Prior to joining Big Fish, Rangi was a webmaster for a real estate company and also ran her own social media and online advertising consultancy.
Not one to sit around, she’s also completed certification which gives the Big Fish team ‘Google Partner’ status for SEO, Google Adwords and Analytics. Rangi is the shining example of self control and discipline in the Big Fish office, following a super strict diet and training regime as she works toward her next bodybuilding competition (eating protein and training constantly!)
Daniel BeazleyWeb Developer / Server Administrator
Daniel is a welcome addition to the Big Fish tank, offering invaluable support for the web team and innovative solutions for a range of technical challenges. Daniel takes to technology like a duck (or goose!) to water. His considerable experience in the IT field belies his age and allows him to provide robust and clever solutions for our clients. Whether it’s blazing back end code for a website, whipping up a web application or rebuilding our server, it’s all done with ease and a cheeky grin.
Daniel cut his teeth running his own web server, which accumulated tens of thousands of users. As a natural technology tinkerer he spends his spare time flying quad copters, setting up light shows, attending dance parties and working on his various innovative creations.
Mike DavisSales & Media
Mike (better known as Mavis) has a background in the fitness industry and extensive experience in media sales.
Mavis works with the Big Fish team to build long-term relationships with valued clients around New Zealand.
When he’s not fishing for Big Fish clients, he is working incredibly hard establishing his own business, Dream It, and is a devoted Dad to his beautiful twin girls. He runs marathons for fun and breathes life into any party.
Lee CreneFinance Manager
Lee is new to the creative industry, having trained as an accountant before being snapped up by Chartered Accountancy firm Petherick Kennedy.
After ten years with the firm, she left to start her delightful family, which now includes three gorgeous rugrats.
Lee also helped husband Pete kickstart his hydraulics firm, LC Hydraulics, where she managed the finances for seven years, before joining Big Fish.
Briar van AmeringenDesigner
Briar joined the Big Fish team in 2013 and brings exceptional design, illustration and web planning skills to the tank.
She particularly enjoys being part of the whole creative process, seeing projects come together as a result of a great team effort. She has extensive experience with communicating and marketing via digital, print and new media, specialising in the design of websites.
Briar has lived in Whangarei previously, and is loving being back, closer to family, friends and the relaxed lifestyle of Northland.
Get in touch
The best place to begin any creative journey is with a cuppa and a blank piece of paper or two. Call up, call in or email us to start the journey.
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