Meet our Team

Ella Te Huia-Phillips | Director

Descendent from Ngati Rangi – born in Ohakune. Ella isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ella decided to make a fresh start in Northland. When life threw her a challenge, redundancy in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ella took it as an opportunity and put her 15 years’ experience in the solar industry to use by launching Solartive, a solar power solutions provider based in Whangārei and Mangōnui. Seeing the need for solar power in rural Te Tai Tokerau/Northland communities, and the challenges individuals faced when trying to set up solar themselves without access to the latest technology, Ella strives to make solar power more accessible and affordable across the region.

As a talented musician, she’s in a local Whangārei band playing keyboard and percussion.  She also enjoys a few rounds of golf, swimming and getting out and about with her huntaway dog, Suzy; the real boss.

Mel Turdeich | General Manager

Of Ngāpuhi descent, born and bred in Te Tai Tokerau, Mel joined Solartive in April 2021 and brought with her two decades of experience supporting, establishing and running high performing teams. Mel understands the importance of a solid strategic foundation. She has the engagement and communication skills to lead our business and develop strategies to bring our service expectations and standards to life. When Mel isn't at Solartive, you'll find her at the netball courts, at home with her whānau and moko or enjoying a strong black coffee.

Dan Fahrion | Senior Electrician

Descent of Germany. Meet Dan, our Head Electrician. The one person in our team that all of our customers are likely to meet. He leads our dedicated installation team with 28yrs experience as an Electrician. Hailing from Germany, Dan has lived in five different countries, making the wise move to New Zealand 16yrs ago. It's just a coincidence, we carry German solar equipment. He's currently married to his job but when he's taking some time out he enjoys playing golf, disc golf and squash and watching football with a cold beverage.

Tamati Kingi | Sales Manager

Of Ngati Kahu descent, Tamati joins Solartive as the Sales Manager bringing his logistics, operational, sales and energy efficiency experience to the team. When he's not out in the community promoting our business and keeping the office girls busy with admin tasks, you'll find him juggling his time between his many passions - being out on the water enjoying what Northland has to offer, spending time with whānau, supporting a couple of local footy teams, enjoying live music and local food or mowing lawns across town.

Becky Cadzow | Technical Manager

Becky grew up in Dunedin. Graduating from Victoria University with a Sustainability Degree in 2012, Becky has been in the renewable energy industry for 9 years as a solar designer - potentially the only female solar designer in the country! After living in Auckland for many years, she moved to Whangārei with her partner in late 2021 for a change of lifestyle and pace. After contracting to the Solartive team from Auckland for a couple of years, the transition to joining the team was a no-brainer. In the office, Becky is kept extremely busy undertaking solar design for residential and commercial projects, technical design, resolving technical issues and keeping the boys in line. Outside of work, Becky enjoys riding her one-eyed horse, reading books (mostly Harry Potter) and enjoying a good movie with popcorn.

Ariki Hohepa | Electrical Apprentice

With such a prestigious name, Ariki has definitely earned respect and admiration for his strong work ethic. Joining our team in December 2021, Ariki is an Apprentice Electrician and is our key installer working alongside Dan. He cherishes his wife, two young children and dogs and when he's not on a roof or connecting a solar system, you will probably find him at Mitre 10 or Bunnings looking for a new power tool.

Tiger Tukariri | Solar Consultant Far North

Hailing from Ngāti Kahu, Nga-Puhi-nui-tonu and Te Rarawa, Tiger has lived off the grid with solar energy for over 10 years. He's super passionate about not paying the man, but becoming the man, saving over $30,000 in electricity costs. Ko tērā te Manamotuhake tuturu. Working with Solartive has given Tiger a deeper understanding of how solar works, He strongly believes our systems are worth it in the long run and is very confident that our customers are getting good quality gear and is happy to put the power back in their hands with more money for other things. Whether off-grid or grid-tied the savings are mind blowing!

Carla Yates | Sales (Contractor)

Carla was born and raised in the Far North, her whakapapa stems from Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa. With over 40 years of experience in sales and marketing and operating as a licensed Real Estate agent, she's conditioned to going the extra mile, working hard and productively to achieve results in whatever she does. This has led her to achieve multiple real estate awards including REINZ Rookie of the Year, Best International New Talent and REINZ Northland and Far North Salesperson of the Year several times. Carla is passionate about the environment and sustainable energy and proudly joined the team at Solartive as a Solar Consultant Contractor in early 2022. When she does have time to relax, she loves to spend time with her family enjoying the adventure playground in her backyard and the Far North. Whether it be fishing, swimming, hiking, cycling or just playing a casual game of golf.

John Sharp | Installer (Contractor)

With some hands-on experience and DIY skills, it wasn't hard to recognise Johnny's potential to upskill in solar. Joining the team in early 2022, he's been a valuable asset to our installation team, working well alongside Dan & Ariki. Having his hands full with 8 kids and another due any day now, Johnny doesn't do things by halves. He's always keen to learn more, is grateful for his development opportunity with Solartive and has a real love for the people.

Mike Morris | Trade Assistant

Joining the team from the beginning of Solartive, Mike has led his hand to many roles across the business - helping in sales, installations and managing our warehouse. As a Trade Assistant, Mike dedicates his time to assembling our solar ready boards, testing our equipment and managing our stock inventory. In his spare time, he's an avid drone operator and son taking care of his Dad.