About us

Hello, and welcome to Speedcube New Zealand and Australia, the world's biggest little speedcube store! My name's Mike, and I'm the one in charge I guess 🤣

I'm proud to supply Australian and New Zealand speedcubers with expert knowledge and advice, plus a world class customer experience and service.

All orders are shipped from Christchurch New Zealand, and we're dedicated to growing the sport of speedcubing in New Zealand and Australia.

This page is an opportunity to tell you a little bit about me, the store, and my approach in general.

 

Jono and Ben's Good sports episode 4 featuring Speedcubing

Speedcubing featured on Jono and Ben's Good Sports on TVNZ2 in September 2021! Watch it here :)

A brief history of the store

Speedcube.co.nz was started in mid 2016 by Oliver Jenks, former NZ 3x3 single record holder under the original name Cubes 4 Kiwis, but soon after getting started, Oliver approached speedcube.com.au with a partnership idea. Soon after, speedcube.co.nz was born. You can read more about Oliver and the company's early days here!

I took over the store on the auspicious date of March 1st 2020, 25 days before the country went into our first level 4 lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Fun times! I ran the store on my own for the remainder of 2020, operating full time out of my workshop.

Since then we've been on a real journey. We expanded in December 2020 into Australasia's first ever cubing retail store! Unfortunately that came to an end 18 months later in 2022, as the later effects of the pandemic hit us right in the... well... It was a tough time and honestly we're lucky to have made it through ❤️

Since then I've been working really hard to get the online store back to its former glory, and I've achieved that with a lot of hard work, dedication and patience.

In late 2023, after our big-brother store Speedcube.com.au, shut up shop, we've expanded into Australia which has been a great learning experience, and one I've been really enjoying so far.

Fast forward to 2024 and we're fast approaching 20k orders and thousands of happy customers!

We pride ourselves on our fast shipping, unbeatable customer service and expert opinions and advice. I am a cuber (albeit not a fast one lol), and I run the store to serve speedcubers, to grow the sport of speedcubing in New Zealand and Australia, and to promote NZ and AU speedcubing on the world stage.

A brief history of me

Firstly I'm a dad, I'm a husband, and I love speedcubing!

I grew up in the North East of Scotland and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with my then-fiancee-now-wife back in 2012. 

I have a bit of a strange CV, although my kind friends assure me it's better to call it diverse. I was a musician for 15 years, I've managed restaurants, I've managed app development, I've presented breakfast radio, I've run loyalty schemes, I've run a youth charity, I've presented, edited and project managed a podcast, I've put on all sorts of events and I create digital content for people. Essentially I love projects, strategy, planning, community development, content creation and working with young people.

Is that enough? I feel like that's enough. Let's talk about something else.

About my approach!

As I mentioned, I really enjoy working with young people, and specifically I believe in the positive benefits of turning active online communities of passionate young people into physical communities. The benefits are growing young people’s sense of identity and belonging, contributing to better mental health outcomes, plus of course growing speedcubing because speedcubing is awesome!

As a result of that I helped bring the first ever official speedcube competition to the South island in 2017, and at the same time I started what is now New Zealand's longest running speedcube club, Christchurch Speedcubers.

I began the speedcube.co.nz journey with the aim of bringing world class service to NZ speedcubing, and supporting our brightest talents to achieve the very best they can. It's so exciting to be doing this work, especially now as we expand into Australia 🇦🇺❤️

And that's pretty much the end of my cool story. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch via help@speedcube.co.nz, or hit me up on Instagram and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Have fun, solve cubes

Mike