Our Team at Stripe

Alex Breingan

Managing Director

Alex Breingan is the big cheese of Stripe Media, and has almost two decades of media experience. Alex is Executive Producer of TV3’s daily morning show The Café, and Co-Founder of television network Choice TV. Alex was formerly Channel Manager for SKY’s Food TV and Living Channel.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years in radio including time as Mediaworks Radio Operations Manager, and Assistant Programme Director for both More FM and RadioLIVE. He began his career in the mid-90s in UK commercial radio, and later as a producer at the BBC working with Jools Holland, before moving to NZ in 2002.


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Rachel Hart

Operations Director – Stripe Media and Stripe Productions

As a former TV and Radio news journalist, reporter and presenter, Rachel has almost 20 years media experience. She launched Stripe Productions after spending 10+ years working for Mediaworks at TV3 and Radio, with roles including TV Reporter and Foreign Producer for 3News, and radio newsreader across many Mediaworks’ radio stations. Rachel was senior producer for TV3 show The Café and helped launch Choice TV. In London, Rachel read the news to an audience of two million and has an Honours degree in Journalism.


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Kris McFarlane

Media Manager

Kris is Stripe Media’s resident media planning and strategy guru. He brings more than 13 years’ experience in media planning and buying across all platforms through his work in two of the largest multi-platform media companies in New Zealand. Kris’s knowledge of implementing strategies and diversifying the budget to best reach the target audience has delivered scores of success for his customers.


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Alvin Maharaj

Account Manager

Alvin brings a flair for account management to Stripe Media with his drive to understand and provide tailored solutions that meet his customers’ needs.

Alvin has a unique understanding of the TV media channel from both the sales side, having previously worked in sales at TV3, and the creative side of TV shows and advertisements, appearing as an actor both nationally and internationally.


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Richard Lee

Richard Lee, with an accounts background Richard is all about the numbers!

As Stripe Media’s Asian business expert, Richards contacts and relationships are second to none.

Mandarin and English speaker Richard manages the business, media and advertising for some of Stripe Media’s key accounts.

Hope Groucott

Hope runs Stripe Media’s office and she’s really good at it!

5 years in the office in Perth at a mining company set her up to handle a bunch of media people and make sure they fill in paperwork and more importantly look after their clients.

If you need something done now and done right, call Hope.

Alex Gilbert

Content Producer

Alex was part of the launch team at Choice TV. A graduate of South Seas Film and TV School, he is an expert Camera Operator and Post Production Editor. Alex is part of Three’s morning show ‘The Cafe’ Production team and has been working with Stripe Media since 2015.

Alice Harris

Alice is Stripe Studio’s Production Manager. As a recent graduate from the New Zealand Broadcasting school, she brings a fresh perspective to Stripe Studios and is passionate about bringing compelling stories to the screen.

Moira Powell

Moira has twenty years post-production experience in the television and voiceover industry in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, delivering some of New Zealand’s top rating and well loved programmes and commercials.

Her focus is on delivering strong stories, whether they be for social media or television, and she enjoys being involved in the production process.

And she makes a mean carrot cake too!

Merril Thompson

Merril Thompson has extensive account manager experience from a long career at TVNZ. Merril is our expert on product integration and promotion for The Café show. Merril can take small budgets and achieve big things!


Mike Puru

Mike Puru, is one of the most recognised faces in the NZ Media industry.
For close to 20 years Mike anchored The Edge breakfast show (with Jay-Jay and Dom) and On TV He hosted the first 2 seasons of The Bachelor New Zealand.
Mike along with Mel Homer presents The Café Monday – Friday from 9am on THREE, which is in its third season in 2018.
Away from the camera Mike is much in-demand MC and public speaker.
With such a key presenting role on The Café and a broad base of experience in TV and Radio, Mike is perfectly placed in Stripe Media’s TV and Radio integration team.