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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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Joseph Kora

Technician

Jo 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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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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Roberto Mattas

Technician

Roberto gained his automotive diploma in 2001. He has experience working with cars, bobcats, trucks and trailers. In order to learn more about the heavy automotive trucks he signed on at Toi OHomai as a diesel mechanic apprentice in 2019. Roberto enjoys football, rugby and kayak fishing.

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Callum Marshall

Apprentice Heavy Automotive

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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Allistair Mitchell

Technician

Alistair qualified as a Master Service Technician with Briggs & Stratton in 2016 as well as being a Kohler Certified Technician. He has 20 years' experience working in many different automotive and mechanical engineering sectors from small engines like our ride on mowers to diesel and bus engines. Alistair enjoys cars, movies and fishing.

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Chris Newnham

Parts Support

Chris began working in the automotive parts industry in 1969 and acquired his Parts Trade Certificate in 1984. In 1991 he got his Hella Contact Man Certificate for electrical parts and began working at Transport Maintenance in 1996. Chris has a vast knowledge of parts and is well respected in the industry.

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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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Vanessa Viljoen

Office Manager

​Vanessa began working in administration and finance in 2001. She covers all the office administration, invoicing, wages and finance among other things. Vanessa enjoys horse riding, ballroom dancing, swimming, hiking, gardening and baking.

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