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Meet The Team

We strive to meet and exceed all our customer expectations and remain your mechanic of choice

Meet The Team

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Rauten Vorster

General Manager

Rauten has 15 years' experience in business management and sales within the automotive industry. He recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa and brings strong leadership and management skills. Rauten enjoys fishing and renovating classic off-road motorcycles.

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Stephen Kirkham

Lead Technician

Steve began his career in 2004 and has a certificate in Trade Technology Heavy Equipment, automotive heavy engineering road transport certificate and an automotive light certificate. He is an experienced trade qualified diesel mechanic with 8 years' experience working on buses and prior experience working on heavy mining equipment on the mines in Australia. Steve enjoys fishing, hunting and overseas travel.

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Joseph Kora

Technician

Joe has his National Trade Certificate, CBIP qualification and welding certificates. He began working for Transport Maintenance in 2000 and has experience in all departments of general automotive engineering from lawn mowers to 4 axle trucks and wheel alignments. Jo enjoys motorbikes, fast cars and sports.

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Callum Marshall

Technician

Callum started with his level 3 automotive certificate from Toi-Ohomai in 2018 having cut his teeth working on his dad's and grandfather's cars from a young age. He still loves to work on his and his friend's cars in his spare time. Callum enjoys attending the drift events and helping the pit crew.

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Johan Gerber

Technician

Johan has over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry, beginning his career in the mining industry as a diesel apprentice.  He holds qualifications in maintenance of flameproof equipment, gas testing and hazard awareness.  In his spare time, Johan enjoys rugby, golf and fishing..

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Calvin Mengel

Technician

Calvin recently joined the Transport Maintenance team in May 2023 having immigrated with his family from South Africa.  He has 6 years’ experience in the diesel trade and qualified as a diesel mechanic in 2019.  Calvin enjoys fishing, rugby, golf and a decent BBQ

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Taffy Richards

Driver

Taffy is a 1st class diesel trawler engineer with many years of experience as skipper/engineer.
He holds his class 1,2,3,4,5,6 Drivers licenses with Endorsement F. 
Taffy enjoys going for long rides on his motorbike and gardening.

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Joseph McGregor

Apprentice Technician

Dojo always had an interest in heavy transport and repairing them. He began in the Army and then became a Bus driver before deciding to become a technician. He has always worked on his own vehicles in his spare time. Dojo is a third dan Karate instructor with his own school. He also enjoys treasure hunting and fishing.

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Robert Green

Parts Administration Manager

Rob began working in parts after leaving school in 1985, his 34 years of experience in vehicle parts, aftermarket parts and specialized braking are highly regarded. He handles our supplier invoices as well as direct part sales to the public. Rob enjoys motor biking, camping, outdoors and overseas travel whenever he can get the opportunity!

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John Petch

Sales Manager

John started life as a mining engineer before joining BP Oil in the oil industry where he worked for almost 30 years in various sales roles.  He has also completed several years of consulting work in PNG and New Zealand for several local businesses.  Joining the Transport Maintenance team in August 2023, he is looking forward to meeting current, past and new clients, to grow the market presence of Transport Maintenance. 

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Sara Laugesen 

Office Manager

​Sara began working in administration and finance in 2003. She covers all the office administration, invoicing, wages and finance among other things. Sara enjoys motorsport, classic cars, gardening, baking and traveling with family.

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