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Scotty has worked on and off through most departments within his family business and enjoys working with such a strong brand that has a great reputation for quality. It aligns well with his direction for the company in providing exceptional and personalised service to our customers. He especially enjoys living and working in Marlborough with all the region has to offer in the outdoors.
Vehicle Sales Manager
Following a long career in technical sales, travelling the world, James finally put down some roots in beautiful Marlborough. He loves everything it has to offer - the ocean, wines, agreeable weather and fantastic people, which are exactly the things he is passionate about. James never thought he would be lucky enough to get a job with Blenheim Toyota, and considers himself extremely lucky to work with such lovely people and great products.
I am a proud born and bred Marburian and have been a part of the sales team since 2006. Enjoying a loyal and vast client base, I have earned NZ's top sales award. I have a wife, twin boys and cycling to keep me busy outside of work.
Colin has been in sales at Blenheim Toyota for 16 years. In that time he has developed a large and loyal customer base by offering friendly assistance, with good follow-up and after sales service. He likes getting to know his customers and having some fun while helping them get satisfaction and enjoyment from purchasing their vehicle.
I have been in the Automotive industry since 2004 and moved to beautiful Marlborough in 2018. In our down time Jo and I love spending time out on the water fishing or picnics on a beach with our 2 Pugs. We also venture back to Christchurch on a regular basis to visit family.
Vehicle Sales Assistant
Madison is a familiar face to many in Blenheim, being born and raised in Marlborough. Her two young kids keep her really busy, but when she does get time to relax, she likes to spend her time with her partner, family and friends; chilling at home, drinking wine and watching rugby. Maddie enjoys her role as Sales Assistant, as each day is different, and she gets to meet heaps of new and interesting customers.
Born and raised in Blenheim, Gina is a familiar friendly face for many customers, having worked in numerous customers-facing roles in and around Blenheim. Gina spends her spare time making music, playing the piano and guitar and painting. She likes to keep fit by going to the gym and taking long walks in and around Marlborough.
I was born in Thailand and still love the interaction with friends and leadership in that country. I enjoy New Zealand’s climate and catching fish in the Marlborough sounds is at the top of my list. Friends and family make Blenheim a great place to live.
Originating from central London, Dave moved to Blenheim as a young child. He has a long history with Toyota having worked at a dealership in Hawkes Bay and then for Blenheim Toyota for over nine and a half years. He took a short break in service 2019/20 before returning to the team at Blenheim Toyota. Dave enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends.
Born and raised in Blenheim, Zoe is a local who enjoys getting outdoors and enjoying all that Marlborough has to offer. When not working she can be found out at the Sounds fishing, hunting and diving. When needing some quite time and relaxation, Zoe also enjoys painting or sitting down with a good book.
I have been in the Motor Industry since 2001 and have been with Blenheim Toyota since 2006. I have 3 young children with my partner and enjoy scuba diving, fishing and playing most sports in my spare time.
I have been with Blenheim Toyota since February 2009. Outside of work, I enjoy exercising, crochet and spending time with family & friends.
Service Team Leader/Workshop Controller
I joined the team at Blenheim Toyota in the New Year of 2017. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my three amazing children and watching them grow. I also love listening to music, socialising and keeping active.
Angelique and her family moved from South Africa to New Zealand in 2015, where they initially settled on the North Island, before finally moving to Blenheim. Angelique enjoys the interaction with customers, that the role as service advisor offers her and when not hard at work, or finishing her diploma through MYOB in Xero, Angelique and her husband and kids enjoy mountain-biking and exploring the outdoors.
I have been with Toyota for seven years now and am back in my hometown after a few years in Wellington. I’ve been fortunate enough to complete Toyota’s technical training program, resulting in achieving a Diagnostic Master Technician qualification which I have put to use as our Service Foreman. I’m passionate about Toyota’s product and philosophies, always looking for ways to improve how we do things. Outside of work I can usually be found tinkering with and playing guitars or hunting down new additions to my record collection.
Blenheim born, I have been in the motor industry since Feb 1969, joining the Blenheim Toyota Franchise in May 1977 in the parts department. Outside of work I enjoy flying radio control model aircraft and photography.
I’ve been working on and off at Blenheim Toyota for a long time now but started back with the team in 2017. On my days off I enjoy sleeping in, mountain biking and fishing. What I like most about working with Blenheim Toyota is the friendly environment, one of the reasons I keep coming back!
Gilbert has worked for Toyota for over 16 years, in a number of countries including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and now with Blenheim Toyota, where he has been a part of the service team for the last year. He enjoys spending his leisure time playing basketball, fishing and collecting crabs at White Bay and relaxing outdoors with his partner and two children.
I was born in Auckland and gravitated to the South Island. I started work at Blenheim Toyota in 2001, I then left and came back in 2012. In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton, tramping and hunting in the great outdoors, Blenheim's backyard.
I started working for Blenheim Toyota in May 2017 as a groomer. I’ve always has a great passion for learning my way around an engine and expressed my interest in becoming a Service Technician. I was given the opportunity after six months and couldn’t be happier. In my spare time I enjoy working on cars, fishing & camping.
I started my Technician Apprenticeship with Blenheim Toyota in May 2016. My passion for cars ties in well with my chosen trade and I am looking forward to becoming a qualified Technician. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, skating and playing games.
Blenheim born, Dave has been in the motor industry for over 5 years. He moved up north and did a stint at another Toyota dealer before moving back to Blenheim with his partner and baby son. Dave lives and breathes all things Motorsport related and enjoys working on cars, fishing and relaxing with family and friends when time permits.
Blenheim local, Henry began his career with Blenheim Toyota in 2020, after a stint at NMIT. He is a self-described motor-head who enjoys all things motor related and spends his spare time fixing up cars for himself and his friends.
Nelson born and raised in Christchurch, Rhys has a love for the lifestyle that the South Island and in particular Marlborough has to offer. He has a wealth of knowledge having been in the automotive industry for over 12 years. Rhys enjoys spending his spare time fishing , hunting, boating and enjoying outdoors activities with his friends
Parts Team Leader
I started selling in 1983, the first 4 years was in the Marine Industry, and from 1987 onwards 26 in the Motor Industry. I have been at Blenheim Toyota since 2003. I enjoy a loyal client following; with a thirst for product knowledge, a high standard of integrity and great sense of humour.
Kayla is a Marlborough local, having lived in Blenheim most of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and frequently local fishing spots. She is delighted to be working at Blenheim Toyota and has found the transition into the role easy, with the help she received from her colleagues.
Originally from Pretoria in South Africa and Kobus and his family relocated straight to sunny Blenheim in 2018. In his spare time, Kobus spends time with his wife Jessica and daughter Alexia, and their family dog called Sky. Kobus’s passion is exploring the outdoors either tramping, mountain biking, or paragliding. He has an adventurous spirit that makes life interesting. He enjoys working and helping friendly people and that is exactly the kind of team spirit that the rest of the team here at Toyota Blenheim has, and he feels blessed to be a part of the team.
My partner and I moved to Marlborough in 2018 for family and a lifestyle change. We enjoy spending time with our daughter and her family and exploring the beautiful Marlborough region with everything it has to offer.
Paint and Panel Manager
I started working here at Blenheim Toyota when I was 16. After completing my apprenticeship I moved overseas for a few years before returning to Marlborough with my partner. In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching most sports, and just generally getting amongst the outdoors.
Originally from England, Tom moved to New Zealand aged seven. Tom has been at Blenheim Toyota since 2014, where he began as a service assistant before moving to Panel and Paint and starting his panel beating apprenticeship. In his spare time, Tom enjoys fishing, providing personal training sessions at a local gym; which is a good thing as he loves eating large amounts of food.
I was born in the Philippines and have been a Panel Beater for 20 years, I joined Blenheim Toyota in March 2019. In my spare time I enjoy watching boxing and basketball. I also enjoy spending time and playing with my baby girl.
Originally from the Philippines, Jeorge has been in New Zealand since 2008, where began working for a marine company before moving to a classic custom outfitter, here in Blenheim. When the role of paint shop foreman opened at Blenhein Toyota Panel and Paint, he quickly jumped at the opportunity and has been leading the team for more than 8 years. When not at work Jeorge enjoys all the quintessential New Zealand things - spending his time with his family, hunting and fishing.
Born and bred in Marlborough. I have been at Blenheim Toyota since 2013 in the Paint and Panel Department. You’ll catch me playing cricket or enjoying the outdoors in my spare time.
Aristotle, or Aris as he is known to his colleagues and friends, hails from the Philippines. A desire to experience life in different countries, saw him moving first to the UAE and then to New Zealand. Aris enjoys spending his free time playing basketball, fishing and doing outdoors activities with his wife and four kids.
Paint and Panel Assistant
Born and raised in Blenheim. I love the outdoors and sports, in my spare time you can find me playing football or being out in the wilderness.
Automotive Refinished Apprentice
Born in Auckland, raised in a mixed cultural household, Richard was brought up with American pop culture, which might explain the slight accent. He is a trained classical pianist of 18 years and loves British comedy. Fate brought him to Blenheim, where he is living closer to relatives and escaping the big city life. When not busy with work, Richard enjoys PC gaming with friends and training in Martial Arts.
Automotive Painter Apprentice
Originally from Auckland, Andrew moved to Blenheim in 2018, pursuing his career as an apprentice spray painter. He is passionate about cars and especially Toyotas, owning two already. He enjoys spending his leisure time with his partner, working out at the gym, skiing, and just relaxing.
Finance & Insurance
Having lived in Marlborough on & off since a child, Michelle spent much of her time living between New Zealand and the UK. She has many years’ experience within the transport and automotive industry before joining Blenheim Toyota in their Finance team in 2016. When not shopping for shoes, handbags and watches, Michelle likes to spend time eating out at local restaurants & spending time with her family and friends.
Group General Manager for Used Vehicles
Andy has a tremendous amount of experience in the Motor Industry beginning in the summer of 1990! After relinquishing the reigns of Branch Manager at South Canterbury Toyota in August 2018 he has taken on the well-deserved challenge of Group General Manager for Used Vehicles for the McDermid Group. This entails managing the used vehicle inventory for Blenheim, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Ashburton and Timaru branches. Andy and his wife Helen have a very full social life which includes spending a great deal of time with their four grandchildren.
McDermid Group Admin Manager
Originally from a hospitality background Talei moved to South Canterbury in 1996 from Wellington. She had a brief stint at Lake Tekapo before joining our team as our Business Manager. She then moved into admin in 2004. In 2015 Talei became our Group Admin Manager when Rangiora & Ashburton Toyota joined our group of South Canterbury & Blenheim Toyota. In her spare time Talei doesn’t enjoy running but Chris Ward & Sharon Wood make her do it from time to time. She does enjoy water and snow skiing, sewing and spending time with her daughter.
Chris was born and raised in Timaru before heading on a rather extended (12 year) OE. After seeing most of the “other side of the world” Chris returned to Timaru in 2006 and joined our team 3 days later! Chris’s background before joining South Canterbury Toyota was mainly in the banking sector. She enjoys skiing, running, cycling, travelling overseas and spending time with her daughters.
Born and bred in Rangiora. Lois joined Rangiora Toyota in 2020 as a vehicle detailer and a parts dept reliever and has now moved into the customer relations team. She enjoys reading, genealogy, watching her children’s sport, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Paul has been in the Motor Industry since 2003 and comes from a background in Finance. Living in Kaiapoi, he and his family enjoy Waimak Football, camping, boating and the outdoors. Classics cars are also a time consuming and expensive passion.
HR and Payroll
Born and bred in Ashburton, Samantha started with us in 2015 as a member of the Ashburton admin department. Samantha took a couple of years to start her own wee family but remained a familiar face as over the years she has covered for staff on annual and parental leave. In her spare time, she likes to go hunting and explore new places with her family.
CRM and Marketing
Sandra joined the McDermid Auto Collective in 2020, when she relocated from Auckland to Blenheim. Originating from South Africa, she has a wealth of knowledge in communication and marketing having worked across many different sectors. Outside of work Sandra enjoys running, mountain biking, exploring Marlborough with her husband and dogs, and the occasional round of golf, when time permits.
I have been working with Blenheim Toyota since they first started trading in 1990 and I enjoy cheering on the New Zealand Warriors.
My wife Kathie and I took ownership of Blenheim Toyota in 1990. Over the years I have taken ownership of South Canterbury Toyota, Rangiora Toyota, Kaiapoi Toyota and Ashburton Toyota. I split my time between them all, just as well I enjoy driving!
Locally born and bred, Rebecca has been part of the Blenheim Toyota team since 2017. Coming from a background working on Cruise Ships in the Entertainment division, Rebecca is really enjoying being back in NZ again after 9 years away. On weekends, she loves spending time with her partner and young daughter going camping, travelling, fishing and boating in the Marlborough Sounds.
Administration Team Leader
Originally from Christchurch, Sam has spent most of her time in Marlborough working in the wine industry. She was excited for the change of scenery when the opportunity arose to join the friendly Blenheim Toyota team in 2021. In her spare time, Sam is kept busy by her husband, two daughters and crazy Boxer dog.