John Harrison

- Director

John is proud to be one of the founding Directors of Paragon and with a total of 20 years insurance experience he understand his clients needs and can be there to provide insurance solutions should the unexpected happen.  His goal at Paragon, a family owned business with fellow Director and wife, Robyn, is to provide peace of mind and build long lasting relationships with clients and their team and for their team to always act in the clients best interest.

An ex-farmer, John brings a relaxed approach to the insurance discussion and whilst he works with all sectors of the business and personal market, John’s rural background means he has a great understanding of  his rural clients needs and  the environment they live and work in.  He loves to get out of the office and to visit clients in their home environment so they are comfortable. 

John and his wife Robyn enjoy their extended family of five children and two grand children and are proud to say that all five have currently returned to live in the Taranaki region..... long may it last.  They remain connected to their farming roots via their off road adventures in their Yamaha YXZ side by side and are also keen healthy living advocates and both enjoy a variety of sports.

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  Email: Telephone: 021 427 743

Steve Teague

- Director

When asked why do we have insurances? Steve believes that love motivates us towards insurance. We love our families and our lives and don’t want to leave a legacy of financial hardship. This caring attitude is what drives Steve to be your insurance advocate. As a passionate surfer, Steve understands that his Taranaki clients choose to be here for lifestyle reasons. This means Steve values the ability to give his clients time … time to relax and discuss their needs either at the office or the client’s home – or out the back of the surf break!

Steve shares his love of the surf and outdoors with his two teenage boys who are still living at home with him and his wife Judith and keeping Steve young at heart.

With 20+ years in offering insurance advice, 16 of which have been as a founding director of Paragon, Steve is focused on building long term relationships with clients who agree that insurance is all about protecting our unique lifestyles.

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  Email: Telephone: 021 769 909


James Thompson

- Adviser

Associate Adviser, James Thompson now boasts a total of 7 years experience in the insurance industry. James has a very personable approach and ensures clients are at ease in understanding the financial implications of their situation and how insurance can protect the things they value most....their ability to earn, their livelihood and loved ones.  James is very passionate about the value of insurance and provides end to end service, being a loyal and supportive advocate to his clients at both application and claim time.

Born and bred in Taranaki, he and his son, Jacob make full use of the fantastic Taranaki lifestyle. James is a valued member of the Paragon team, where he predominantly works with local businesses, professionals and families. He looks forward to building relationships that will last for many years, as people move through their careers and life stages.

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  Email: Telephone: 027 344 4907

Robyn Harrison

- Director/Business Manager

Robyn has been part of the Paragon team since the day we opened our doors. At the time Robyn was a farm business consultant and Mum to two, but it soon became apparent that Robyn's passion to build Paragon to a successful sustainable business focussed on the clients needs always being paramount and great customer service, would mean this would become a fulltime role.

More recently added to these founding principles is the desire to ensure the Paragon team has every opportunity to be the best version of themselves and as such Robyn's passion for the industry and knowledge means she loves to show others what this industry has to offer.

Outside of the office, Robyn's passions are her family and wellbeing for herself and others being a bit of a fitness junkie.  As such the recent launch by one of Paragon's suppliers of AIA Vitality is an exciting initiative that means her involvement in this industry is well cemented.

  Email: Telephone: 067699909


Chloe Horton

- Project work

Chloe has been an integral part of the Paragon team since 2014 and has recently moved into a project role to enhance the customer experience for Paragon clients, following 5 years as John's PA.  Chloe's extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and Paragon's processes, along with her attention to detail and marketing knowledge are all combining to ensure quality client outcomes in the years ahead.  

Chloe and her husband Matt and labrador Hugo have become Taranaki locals since their relocation from Tauranga and are busy renovating their home in their spare time.

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Sonia Breach

- PA to Associate Advisers

Sonia is the first point of contact at the Paragon reception desk and is most likely to greet you should you visit or ring us.  Following spending time with Paragon team on work experience whilst at WITT completing her Certificate in Business Administration, she took up a full time role in 2016.  Her role has grown from general administration to now being an integral part of the team by assisting our associate advisers with reports for their clients and client enquiries.  Sonia has a strong knowledge of all aspects of the insurance business and looks forward to helping with any enquiries you might have.

A born and bred Taranaki girl, Sonia enjoys netball in her spare time and can often be found using her strong organisational skills to book and attend music festivals and concerts around NZ.

  Email: Telephone: 06 7699909


Brenda Green

- PA to Steve Teague

Brenda has returned to Paragon after having her family, and currently works Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays as Steve Teague's PA.  Brenda's over 12 years combined experience at Paragon and for Rosie Glasgow Mortgages means she has a full understanding of all aspects of client care and as such her friendly and efficient approach will ensure all enquiries for Paragon's clients are handled with ease.

Brenda and her husband Scott, and two beautiful daughters are a outdoors loving family and along with their close extended family love their Taranaki lifestyle.

  Email: Telephone: 06 7699909


Shannon Dass

- PA to John Harrison

Shannon  joined the Paragon team in August 2019  after spending 11 years with UDC Finance in various roles.  Shannon is enjoying the challenge of moving from finance to insurance and sees many similarities and is able to use her strengths in financial literacy, quality customer service and efficient administration skills to enhance the customer experience for Paragon clients

As John's PA, Shannon can help with all aspects of insurance from making appointments to alterations, applications and claims.  Shannon's focus on customer service means she looks forward to assisting you with any enquiries you have relating to existing or new insurance products. 

Shannon has recently shifted to Taranaki from Auckland with her young daughter and is enjoying all the Taranaki lifestyle has to offer.

  Email: Telephone: 06 7699909



- Office dog

Juno, has been a regular at the office since March 2018 and will often be the first to welcome clients to the office or found basking in the sun on the reception chairs.

Juno - yes named after good local Taranaki Gin brand, Juno Gin, will hopefully make your office experience relaxed as he often wanders in to ensure the team are meeting your needs whilst at the office.


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