The story of NZ, the country of open spaces, open hearts and open minds and famous Kiwi ingenuity, strongly resonates with the story of Tumblar Products New Zealand. 


A pioneering spirit and Kiwi can do attitude continues to run through DNA of Tumblar for over 35 years.

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From incredible yet humble beginnings, Tumblar has built its impeccable credibility and world class reputation focusing on collaboration, utmost attention to quality and all aspects of manufacturing modernisation with its unshakable commitment to customer service in NZ and around the world.  A pioneering spirit and Kiwi can do attitude continues to run through the DNA of Tumblar for over 35 years.

The story of NZ and its culture that steeps in ‘Let’s do attitude’ and world famous humble Kiwi ingenuity resonates with one of Tumblar –  the company was founded on the essence of Kiwi spirit and its relentless commitment to giving it a go.  Our new company logo reflects our New Zealand background, Kiwi spirit, fresh thinking and our beautiful environments surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean.

From an engineering background, John went on to set up production of antistatic fabric softeners for Fisher & Paykel tumbler dryers, and as a result Tumblar was born in 1981. 

Since its inception, Tumblar has gone from strength to strength over many years by modernising, acquiring new premises, building new cutting edge manufacturing facilities, expanding its teams and customer base that now spreads all around the world from the Netherlands to the USA, Asia and Australia.

John Smith’s
legacy and
pioneering spirit
continues to run
through the DNA
of Tumblar for
over 35 years.




The name “Tumblar Products” is registered


The first Tumblar Anti-Static Softener Pads are produced for the New Zealand Market


Tumblar opens a new factory on the corner of Shakespeare road and Thackeray Street


Tumblar starts producing blue block


John opens a second factory on the corner of Durham and Walker Street to keep up with the extra customer demand


Tumblar moves to a bigger plant in Wickham Street and extends its production facilities welcoming new FMCG customers


Tumblar moves into a bigger factory in Ferry Road to accommodate growing customer base


Tumblar builds their first GMP factory at Ferry Road and starts producing personal care range for export


Because of rapid growth Tumblar has to move into an even a bigger plant in Pages Road


Christchurch has a Major Earthquake; this results in a need to move.


Tumblar moves to the latest plant in Halswell Junction road


Tumblar starts production for the Agri trade products


New digital equipment to modernise processes in place


New management team in place led by a newly appointed General Manager Nick Cairns


Sustainability internship programme is implemented


Company brand identity re-launch with new exciting NPD, Operations and Culture initiatives

As part of our Legacy project, we have created Tumblar heritage story, where John Smith, Tumblar’s Founder looks back to how Tumblar came to be and where it is going



Leadership Team with
Transparency & Sustainability Culture

With a dynamic and highly experienced senior management team with global experience, Tumblar is set to continue the legacy of our founder John Smith.

Meet the Team

General Manager

Nick Cairns – Nick is the General Manager of Tumblar Products. Joining Tumblar from Shape NZ Ltd where he was Chief Executive, Nick holds a wealth of knowledge and experience in product manufacturing and FMCG having worked in various leadership roles with Goodman Fielder, Mr Whippy NZ, Mainland and Farra Engineering. Nick has overall responsibility for Tumblar Products business, bringing strategic direction, innovation and business development expertise.


Financial Controller

Zhanna Weet – Zhanna is the Financial Controller for Tumblar Products. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience which she has gained working for companies throughout Europe, the UK and for the last 15 years in New Zealand. Some of the companies she worked for included Bombardier Transportation (UK) and The Gough Group (NZ) where her roles included, Corporate Treasury Manager, Finance Manager, Corporate Accountant.

Zhanna is responsible for leadership and assistance with strategic and tactical execution of all accounting and finance initiatives.

Zhanna’s passion is one of innovation and continuous improvement, which she believes to be imperative to the ongoing success of the company.


Quality, Health, Safety and Compliance Manager

Purnima Devi – Purnima is an experienced Laboratory, Quality and Technical Manager with a  history of working in the dairy industry and commercial Laboratory. As a Laboratory Manager at Synlait, she designed, built and set up full infant formula Sampling and Testing for both Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratory from the ground up. Purnima has expertise in Quality Assurance and Technical compliance for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 17025, ISO 45001, FSSC 22000 and HACCP for Food, Chemical and Dairy Industry.  Purnima is responsible for ensuring Tumblar is an environmentally friendly, sustainable and safe place to work.

Technical Development Manager

Matt Carran – Matt is Tumblar’s Technical Development Manager. Coming from a rural background Matt has a strong connection with innovation and holds the knowledge that positive change is needed for a business to stay relevant and to meet customers’ changing demands. Matt has worked for Rio Tinto, BP Oil and Ravensdown Fertiliser and is an expert in Chemical Process, IT and Manufacturing. As a New Zealander he was raised to have a life-time focus on sustainability and what is right for the next generation, focused on looking after our soil and waterways.

Operations Manager

Lucy Buxton – Lucy is Tumblar’s Operations Manager with a background in FMCG manufacturing. Lucy’s expertise cover a wide range of industries including food, advanced materials and chemical production in both Europe and Asia Pacific. Lucy has worked with a number of leading global manufacturers such as Cadbury, Finsbury Food group and Morgan PLC. As our resident Mechanical and Production Engineer Lucy is responsible for running our factory and teams on schedule and to budget.


Key Accounts Manager

Colleen Lynch – Colleen comes with FMCG experience both in Europe and New Zealand. During her time in New Zealand Colleen has worked as Category Manager (Health and Beauty) in Foodstuffs and most recently with Mars Wrigley Confectionary. Colleen is Tumblar’s first point of contact for all enquires and communication, including pricing, product information, NPD, Quality, Financial information and delivery information requests. Colleen will co-ordinate the internal Tumblar team to ensure efficient and accurate response to your requests.

Head of Marketing & SUSTAINABILITY

Geliana Graham – Geliana is leading the marketing activities and sustainability strategy at Tumblar. She is a senior strategic marketer with global marketing and commercial experience with blue chip multinationals across FMCG, Health & Beauty and Foodservice Industries in NZ, Australia, UK, USA, Asia and Russia . Geliana brings wealth of passion and leadership experience having previously worked with T&G Global, Heinz Wattie’s, Treasury Wine Estates, DB Breweries, Good Fielder, Fonterra, Campbell Arnott’s, L’Oréal, Griffin’s Foods amongst others. 

HR Business Partner

Renee Woodside – Renee leads the way for Tumblar’s people practices. Providing expertise and support in areas such as performance management, employee relations, engagement, diversity and inclusion, policy and Human Resources compliance. Having worked in both New Zealand and overseas, her practical experience is backed up by a Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Renee has worked in a range of organisations including global multi-nationals, public and private sector, and across a range of industries.


Business Development Manager

Gary Loader – Gary brings a wealth of sales management experience to Tumblar, having previously worked in the apparel industry for iconic companies such as Canterbury of New Zealand, Swanndri and Wild South. He is passionate about sales and firmly believes that the success to any long term commercial relationship is founded on collaboration and partnership between customers and suppliers. Gary’s primary focus will be on new business opportunities across all industries and customers’ sectors where Tumblar can add increased value both commercially and sustainably.

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Tumblar Products

648 Halswell Junction Road,
Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
PO Box 19-949, Christchurch 8241, New Zealand
P: +64 3 384 2562 |  0800-BLITZETTE (0800 254 893)