Meet The Team

Tim Kloeg – Director

Tim was born and raised in the Wairarapa. He began his apprenticeship in 2004 in the Wairarapa before moving to Wellington, completing his apprenticeship under Absolute Control. In 2016, Tim and Sarah formed Wellington Refrigeration Limited. WRL have quickly grown to a wonderful team of ten.

Family: Wife Sarah, and 2 year old son, Leon

Hobbies/interests: Fishing, spear fishing, and trail running

Favourite food: Sarah’s cooking

Favourite Sports Team: The All Blacks

Sarah Kloeg – Finance Manager

Sarah was born in Wellington and raised in the Wairarapa. She started her working career in Accountancy before doing her OE. When Sarah returned from her travels she worked for an insurance broking company working her way up to become a broker. Tim and Sarah started Wellington Refrigeration in 2016, so she juggled working full time along with supporting Tim in the business. They then had Leon in 2017 and she has been a stay at home mum/finance manager in the business ever since.

Hobbies/interests: Gardening.

Favourite Movie: The Harry Potter series

Favourite Holiday Destination: Travelling Europe

Cassandra Dreliozis – Office Manager

Cassandra was born and raised in Lower Hutt. She started her career in the Insurance Industry in 2010 ranging from debt recovery, earthquake assistance and sales. After 4 years at State Insurance she moved on to become an Insurance Broker which started as domestic and then promoted to Commercial. Cass thoroughly enjoyed working as an insurance broker however a change in circumstances landed her at Wellington Refrigeration as the Office Manager.

Favourite Movie: Any Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd or Will Ferrell movie.

Favourite Food: Traditional Greek food

Favourite Holiday Destination: Anywhere with sun, sand and shopping but to date would have to say Hawaii, Greece is on the bucket list though.

Laura Jameson – Office Administrator

Laura has grown up in the Wellington region. She started working in kitchens at the age of 15, was a qualified Chef by the age of 19. After a decade in hospitality having worked in all aspects she made the jump into office work. Laura joined the Wellington Refrigeration team in 2019.

Hobbies/interests: Yoga, gardening, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

If I wasn’t at WRL I’d be: Working in the organic certification industry.

Ryan Henderson – Operations Manager/Technician

Ryan was born and raised in Lower Hutt and has a great working history in the refrigeration field. He worked for 5 years at Hay and Gibbons Refrigeration to begin his Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning career. This is where he completed his apprenticeship. Ryan moved on to a building HVAC business called Haden for 3 years. He spent a short time in Canada doing HVAC and boiler work. When returning to NZ he worked for McAlpine Hussmann for 3 years where he learnt new skills in supermarket refrigeration and continued on with retail and small building HVAC equipment. He then took some time out to complete a 1 year business diploma course at WelTec to advance himself in his career, to where he then joined the team at Wellington Refrigeration as the Operations Manager in 2018.

Hobbies/interests: Outdoors, Skiing, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Tramping and Camping

Favourite Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy and a follower of American sports

Cult Hero: Sir Edmund Hillary

If I wasn’t a Fridgy I’d be: an outdoor guide/outfitter

Elliott Hawes – Technician

Elliott was born and raised in Eastbourne. Prior to starting his apprenticeship with Wellington Refrigeration, Elliott had work experience in a paint factory, labouring and working on farms. Elliott had a placement with Wellington Refrigeration through the Gateway programme during high school and once finished high school he came on board as a Full Time Apprentice.

Hobbies/interests: Diving, fishing, hunting and playing rugby.

Favourite Food: Mexican or Thai

Favourite Movie: Frozen

If I wasn’t a Fridgy I’d be:  Firefighting or Search and Rescue.

Lachlan Balbirnie – Technician

Lachlan started at Wellington Refrigeration in 2019 after moving to New Zealand from Wollongong, Australia. He previously worked as an Air-Conditioning Technician for 5 years in Australia and holds his Australian Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Licence.

Hobbies/interests: Japanese Cars and live music.

Favourite Holiday Destination: Japan

Favourite Food: Avocado and sriracha on toast 

If I wasn’t a Fridgy I’d be: a Silversmith.

Luke Posthuma – Technician

Luke was born and raised in Upper Hutt. He started here at Wellington Refrigeration in 2019 coming straight from High School. He is currently completing his National Certificate in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Level 4.

Hobbies/interests: Mountain Biking or Motorbike riding

Favourite Food: Mum’s pancake stack with Bacon and Bananas

Favourite Sports Team: All Blacks

If I wasn’t a Fridgy I’d be: an Electrician.

Tino Hofmann

Tino has joined us from Dresden, Germany while on his OE. He has a high quality of workmanship and knowledge. He has a specialist background in commercial and industrial refrigeration including the semiconductor industry.

He enjoys traveling NZ, as well as hiking, fishing and cooking. He makes a great Potato and Wiener soup.

Jack Eastall

Jack has joined us for two days per week through the HVHS Gateway Program while completing Year 13. He is hoping to become WRL’s next Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentice. He enjoys rugby, boxing, and outdoor pursuits.