New Zealand’s Best Barbers

Barbers from across New Zealand battled for top honours at HITO’s BarberCraft Men’s Grooming Expo over the weekend.

Kaisei Sarai of Auckland’s Tokoya Barber Shop took out the inaugural HITO New Zealand Barber of the Year, sponsored by Timely. Kaisei had the best combined score in the Classic, Shave and Creative battles.

In addition to the tightly fought battles, this year’s BarberCraft NZ featured demonstrations from international guest judge Julius Cvesar and New Zealand barber Matt Brown, exhibition stands from top grooming brands and professional development seminars on a range of topics.

HITO CEO Kay Nelson said the organisation had developed the event three years ago to showcase barbers’ skills and show people what an exciting career barbering can be.

“We are very excited to see how it has evolved into a celebration of all things barbering. The learning and networking that happens here is a delightful reflection of this unique community.”

Thanks to Braun and other supporters of this event.

Battle of the Barbers Results

THE BEARD

Trainee Winner: Kajin Phillips, Jetcharm Barbershop & Gentlemens Quarters, New Plymouth

Open Winner: Luke Koia, Motown Barbers, Christchurch

Master Winner:  Julian Maloney, Maloney’s Barber Shop, Auckland

THE PATTERN

Open Winner:  Sonny Naea, Somehz Touch Barbers, Hastings

Master Winner: Peleti Oli, Somhz Touch Barbers, Hastings

THE SHAVE

Trainee Winner:  Matthew Reeves, Cuba Barbers, Wellington

Open Winner: Sean Faramund, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland

Master Winner: Lucas Haubert, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland

THE CREATIVE

Trainee Winner:  Tui Moreli, Cuba Barbers, Wellington

Open Winner: Desalegn Welde-Yohanes, The Hair Club

Master Winner:  Peleti Oli, Somehz Touch Barbers, Hastings

THE CLASSIC

Trainee Winner: Kajin Phillips, Jetcharm Barbershop & Gentlemen’s Quarters, New Plymouth

Open Winner: Morgan Bolger, Barkers Groom Room, Auckland

Master Winner: Kaisei Sarai, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland

NZ BARBER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Kaisei Sarai, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland (pictured below).

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