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Meet the Team
anne warner at fitzroy optometristsAnne Warner


Hi my name is Anne and you will meet me in the reception area where I will look after you before and after your eye exam.

My Dad, Ron Phillips, established Phillips Optometrists (now Fitzroy Optometrists) in 1961 and retired fifty years later in 2011.

My Husband Michael, the Dispensing Optician here and I have continued on and now own the business. We are excited to be part of aʻfamily run businessʼ where we can do things our way. I believe in our motto ʻPeople Matter – Service Mattersʼ.

I trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught for seven years before Michael and I had our family – beautiful twins. I started here fourteen years ago and love the variety of tasks I get to do.

Helping people with frame choice is one of my favourites. I care that you are happy with your choice and do not rush the process of frame selection.

I look forward to meeting you here.



michael warner at fitzroy optometristsMichael Warner
Owner/Dispensing Optician


I joined Ron Phillips Optometrists in August 1987. Ron, my father-in-law, had asked me to help him out till Christmas; I guess we didnʼt say which one!

As I studied to be a Dispensing Optician I was very grateful for the advice and experience Ron was able to pass on to me. I gained my Dispensing Optician qualification in 1993.

I have been working here for over 25 years and my wife Anne, for 14 years. We took over ownership in 2011.

Before working in optics I was a member of the RNZAF where I spent 8 and a half years repairing all kinds of aircraft including Hercules, Skyhawks through to Airtrainers and Andovers. That military training and mechanical experience serves me well in all I do today.

It is very rewarding assisting patients with their visual needs, advising them in frame and lens selection to best suit their individual requirements. I also enjoy the challenge of frame repair work and adjustments.

Being a family business means you will always find the same friendly people to help you whenever you call in.



Mike Jowsey


I joined Michael and Anne at Fitzroy Optometrists in June 2016, having relocated from Dunedin.

I grew up in Auckland but left there in 1981 after graduating from University with my optometry qualification.

My wife Catherine and I met and married in Christchurch, moved to Dunedin for 5 years in 1983 and stayed for 33! We have four adult children, three of whom now live in the North Island and one in Christchurch. We are blessed to have three grandchildren … one of whom lives in New Plymouth.

Outside of the world of optometry I enjoy being creative and having home maintenance projects on the go. In Dunedin  I spent 10 years as the sectary of the Otago Children’s Athletics Committee and I was a member and eventually the head of the electronic timing and photo-finish team for Otago children’s and senior athletics. I enjoy watching a wide variety of sports.

My Christian faith is important to me and we were sad to leave our church home in Dunedin, where we had many good friends.

It was always going to take a very special and unique practice to convince me to leave the city that had been my home for so long. Fitzroy ticked the boxes and continues to do so.

I am very proud to be a part of our small team and to be able to provide a caring and professional; optometry service backed up by a practical yet at times unique and edgy range of spectacle frames and quality products.




pauline bourne at fitzroy optometristsPauline Bourne


My name is Pauline and I am married to Gordon. We have three wonderful adult children of whom we are both very proud.

I have over 35 years experience in the optical industry, and I have been with Fitzroy Optometrists since 2012. I still, after all these years, have a passion for every area of my of my position in helping people with eye care. This comes from making people not only look good but feel good about themselves and also that they leave knowing they have had a thorough eye check.

People can be quite daunted at the thought of wearing glasses, especially those people who are  first time wearers.I get a lot of enjoyment  from supporting patients in selecting just the right frame for them. This is a big passion.

After consultation with patients, it is a pleasure to see them leave our rooms confident and happy with the outcome, and their new look.