Meet the Team



Hi, from The Merchant. Nice to meet you!

Lance, Managing Director

Lance Campbell
After moving across the bridge from East Auckland, Lance is loving 'The Shore'. Originally from the Hokianga and after more years in hospo than he would ever admit to, The Merchant is now his home. Daddy to two and a good guy to many, come and pop in and enjoy a cold beer with this ol' fella.

Vinu, Head Chef

Vinu Pillai

Vinu is our resident Ninja Chef in Charge...he is a legend in the kitchen and has one of the hardest roles within our team. We have a huge following for food and Vinu has the task of ensuring that the food always tastes and looks fantastic. Having worked with Lance and Lara at The Flying Moa previously, there is a great team dynamic.


Linda, Administration Manager

Linda Tantrum

Linda joins us after working with Kevin Schwass for many years. Linda aka LT, has huge amounts of experience and is a truly the glue that keeps us all together. She has taken on a huge role and delivers with excellence everyday. LT is also the one responsible for our fantastic events we hold each month. 

You will either find LT in the office or at a table with a glass of wine in her hand.


Lara, Functions & Marketing Coordinator

Lara Campbell

Lara is our resident Functions Extraordinaire. Talk to her today about your upcoming function and she will move mountains to make it happen.

Easily contactable on lara@themerchantbar.co.nz or by calling (09)444 1076.