Believe Magazine - Issue 21
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Inside the pages of Believe we have a selection of contents. We pay respect to 40 years of service from our retiring CEO Alistair Davis, we bring in some great parenting advice from lessons learned in Lockdown, interviews with Kiwi Motorsport icons Nick Cassidy and Brendon Hartley - we're sure there will be something that will appeal to you.View Digital Magazine
South Canterbury Toyota is part of a wider family-owned group of five dealerships in Blenheim, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Ashburton and Timaru under the McDermid Auto Collective banner.
This time in our history brought with it an ideal opportunity to pull together the content for Believe magazine – our 21st issue. And despite feeling that we were in another, much slower world, plenty of things happened that we’d like to share with you – not least a pending changing of the guard, with our current CEO Alistair Davis retiring after providing a marathon 40 years of service to Toyota New Zealand.
Alistair has been instrumental in Toyota’s ongoing success in New Zealand, and a hugely supportive CEO, particularly in his contributions not only to upholding the Believe brand but in a personal capacity, assisting with many articles since we launched Believe 21 issues ago! You can read an in-depth interview with Alistair, in which he reflects on his past 40 years.
There’s lots to look forward to as many of our activities resume. Take a look at the motorsport interviews with Brendon Hartley and Nick Cassidy – two Kiwi talents who have made it on the world motorsport stage. Also, we’re excited that yachting activity with Emirates Team New Zealand will start to ramp up in the coming months as we prepare to defend the America’s Cup once again.
Back at Toyota’s National Customer Centre in Palmerston North, our warehouse was last year extended to the size of about four rugby fields. With the extension came seismic strengthening of the original building and the opportunity to bring in additional safety features, including a better separation of people and machines, assisted lifting for heavier items, and narrower, single-direction aisles.
Finally, at Toyota, Kaizen is what we stand for! We believe every day’s an opportunity to improve.
We’re forever thinking about the next and learning from the past. We share some examples of how we have put Kaizen into practice in our business operation.
Navigating Uncertain Waters
Having started out as straightforward enough, the year 2020 has obviously been completely turned on its head for everyone globally thanks to COVID-19.
2019 saw the completion of the new extension of Toyota New Zealand’s national parts warehouse – but the work didn’t end with the warehouse expansion. It was the catalyst for a Toyota drive to become a leader in the areas of health and safety for the 44-plus staff who pick and pack parts to distribute to Toyota’s 67 stores nationwide.
The extension project revealed shortfalls in the seismic strengthening of the original, 40-year-old building – so the next task was to upgrade the facility to meet 100 per cent of the Building Code.
Project Lizard Lounge
One of ZM’s weekday breakfast hosts, and a regular on TVNZ’s “Have you been paying attention”, Vaughan Smith lives in rural West Auckland with his wife Sharde, and their two daughters Indie and August.
One Size Fits All!
A foodie, mum and entrepreneur, Daisy Dagg is the co-author and founder of the Rugby Pantry. Currently living in Canterbury, Daisy is married to Israel Dagg, and they have two kids, Arlo and Tilly.
Brendon Hartley - A stand out Kiwi on and off the track
We caught up with Brendon Hartley and shared some good oil on the past two months.
Toyota Garage Project
Isolation provided great grounds for many of our car enthusiasts to have worthy excuses to keep tinkering on their beloved Toyota restoration projects.
Toyota Woven City
Toyota recently announced that it’s building its own city – Toyota Woven City – full of innovation and new technology embracing Mobility as a Service and artificial intelligence (AI) in a real-world environment.
In Crazy We Believe
Our history with the America’s Cup team, during which EmiratesTeam New Zealand has used innovation to beat the world or learn through failure.
All Ramped Up
Kiwi freestyle motorcross legend Levi Sherwood has bagged the perfect vehicle for transporting his motorbikes to performances around the country - a 2020 Toyota Hiace.
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