Welcome to speedcube.co.nz! My name's Mike, and I'm the one in charge I guess!
This page is an opportunity to tell you a little bit about me, the store, and my approach in general.
Let's start with 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 gone from strength to strength and grown into something way bigger than just a man packing envelopes in his shed. We now have the country's first speedcube retail store at 56 London Street Lyttelton, open since December 2020, and as well as that we now have 5 members of staff holding down the retail store and shipping while I work on all the boring stuff in the background!
We pride ourselves on our fast shipping, unbeatable customer service and expert opinions and advice. We are all speedcubers, and we run the store to serve speedcubers, to grow the sport of speedcubing in New Zealand, and to promote NZ speedcubing on the world stage.
Well, I'm a dad, I'm a husband, and I freaking love solving cubes! 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 very strange CV, although my kind friends assure me it's better to call it diverse! I was a musician for 15 years (a drummer, bang! bang!), 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 a heap of events and I currently work as a small business consultant. 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!
I helped bring the first ever official speedcube competition to the South island in 2017, and at the same time I started New Zealand's longest running speedcube club, Christchurch Speedcubers.
I want to bring a world class service to NZ speedcubing, to support our brightest talents to achieve the very best they can.
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 email@example.com, or hit me up on Instagram and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!