Inside the funky, cool offices of Kiwi auction site Trade Me

Kiwi auction site Trade Me is one of the country’s shining tech successes.

Launched by Sam Morgan back in 1999, Fairfax bought the site in 2006 for $NZ700 million, or approximately 15.6 times the expected EBITDA for the following year.

By 2008 the site reached 1 million concurrent listings and in 2012 became a public company. Fairfax sold its 51% stake in Trade Me shares for $616 million.

But of course there was a lot of mayhem and madness in between those milestones.

The company’s new headquarters are on Wellington’s waterfront, taking up three floors which are full of surprises and connected by a bunch of slides. Yes, slides.

Morgan famously said the company culture is based on “don’t be a dick” — which means treating people with respect and maintaining a send of humour. It’s a value which still reverberates through the halls of the office today.

Here’s a look inside.

There are a bunch of slides which connect the three floors and one massive one which runs from the top to the bottom of the office. It's a very efficient way to get around.

This is the top of the mega slide.

It winds between all three floors.

Here's the bottom of the slide.

The TradeMe team bought this caravan off the site and parked it outside the office while it was being built. Because it was unregistered they copped a bunch of parking fines which they paid and then had it craned into the office before the floor above was constructed.

There's a killer view of the Wellington harbour. The finance guys seem to have landed the best seats in the house.

Just like at school, everyone has a locker.

Of course there's a foosball table.

Despite all the fun things to do in the office, there are desks and they tell me work does get done.

I'm told this is the sunniest part of the office and if you position yourself correctly, it looks like you're working but you could actually be taking a quick nap while basking in the sun.

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