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Meet the team

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Debbie Hart

CEO

Debbie has over 20 years history with Manawatu Toyota, having been here for 14 years before purchasing the company in 2004. When she’s not hard at work she can be seen out walking her two dogs Pepper and Coco and loves getting on her bike and cycling around the Manawatu.

New Cars

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Fraser Hart

General Sales Manager

Fraser joined the team in 2003 selling in the Used Vehicle department. In 2009 he moved into management, and is now the General Manager of Sales for the group. Fraser enjoys karting and travelling with his family.
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Kent Hagan

New Vehicle Sales Manager

Kent has lived in the Manawatu for the majority of his life and loves everything green and white and has been with Manawatu Toyota since 2005. He lives in Feilding with his wife and 2 children and enjoys time away boating with the family and is a huge follower of rugby. He has a huge passion for Toyota and our customers.
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Jason Smith

Fleet Vehicle Sales

Jason comes from a finance background, and joined the team in 2014, originally in the Finance team before taking on Fleet sales. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, working on his lifestyle block, and watching motor racing.
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Tony Greer

New Vehicle Sales

Tony joined us in 2015 and comes from a background in education – he has been a principal, deputy principal, and teacher at various schools in our region. Tony has a passion for cars – he loves 4-wheel driving and owns a classic muscle car.
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Jacob Duck

New Vehicle Sales

Jacob started with us in 2016, coming from a logistics background spending his first 6 years involved in Purchasing and Stocktake in Palmerston North businesses. He has a Neo Mastiff named Rocky. He likes to get outdoors for fishing.
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Anthony Co

New Vehicle Assistant – Direct

Anthony joined the team in 2015. He has been passionate about cars and automobiles since his teen years. He enjoys playing tenpin bowling and is a qualified bowling ball driller. He also enjoys watching live sports in his spare time.

Used Cars

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Fraser Hart

General Sales Manager

Fraser joined the team in 2003 selling in the Used Vehicle department. In 2009 he moved into management, and is now the General Manager of Sales for the group. Fraser enjoys karting and travelling with his family.
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Josh Hart

Used Vehicle Sales

Josh has been involved with karting for about 20 years, and it has taken him all around the world. He spent 7 years in Europe for karting before joining the Used Vehicles team in 2015.
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Harrison Howard

Used Vehicle Sales

Harrison was an Army Medic for 6 years and volunteered for St Johns before joining the Used Vehicles team here. He enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, playing basketball, watching sport, and renovating his home.
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Isaac Dickerson

Used Vehicle Sales

Isaac started with us in 2016. He is a fully qualified furniture maker and also previously worked in security and hospitality management. He enjoys playing golf, football, gaming, fishing, lawn bowls, and watching all kinds of sport.
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Brett Hoffman

Vehicle Reconditioning & Internet Direct Sales

Brett joined the team in 2012. He and his wife Kirsty have 2 children. Brett enjoys motorsport, boating, and cars are a big passion of his – with an Escort, Falcon, and Hilux in his garage at home.
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Gino Hagad

Groomer & IT Consultant

Gino joined the team in 2016, coming from an administrative background. He recently graduated from his studies in IT, which he completed here in Palmerston North. Gino enjoys playing basketball in his spare time, as well as travelling around the country, and putting his IT skills to use by playing on his computer.
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Sandy Waugh

Groomer & Dealership Assistant

Sandy has been helping out Manawatu Toyota since 2015, doing everything from vehicle grooming to DIY work on the buildings! She likes spending time with her little Griffin named Poppy, cycling, renovating houses, and fixing up cars.

Service

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Kelly Sutton

Service Manager

Kelly started in 2010 and was a Technician and Service Advisor with us before taking on the Assistant Service Manager Role, then in 2017 became Service Manager. He enjoys squash, fishing and spending time with his family.
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Jennifer Yanko

Assistant Service Manager

Jennifer is a qualified technician who has been with the group for eight years. She loves the outdoors, a good red wine and long walks on the beach with her pet cat Gordon.
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Emma Simpson

Service Advisor

Emma started off in a receptionist role when she first joined the team in 2009. After her OE, Emma joined the Service team in 2013. She enjoys sports and plays netball in her spare time, as well as hanging with her friends and family.
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Haley Bullock

Service Advisor

Haley joined the team at the start of 2017, with a background in retail and customer services. She recently moved to Palmy from Whanganui and enjoys riding motorbikes, mountain biking, and hanging with her friends.
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Matt Peters

Service Advisor

Matt comes from a farming background, which is where he learnt to work on tractors and motorbikes. He's always been into sport, previously representing provinces in high jump, but now prefers rugby and going to the gym.
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Amy Bliss-Bennett

Service Assistant

Born in Wales, Amy has lived in NZ for the last 13 years. She joins us from Ngatawa where she used her passion for horse riding to teach students how to ride. She also enjoys competing in eventing for a bit of fun.
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Paul Krakosky

Service Groomer

Paul was running his own business prior to joining the Manawatu team in 2009. Outside of work, Paul and his family are involved with theatre work, constructing sets and helping out backstage.
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Todd Hanson

Workshop Foreman

Todd is a family man and spends most of his time with his children, but he also enjoys riding motorbikes and fishing. He started at Manawatu in 2011 as a technician before taking on his current role as Workshop Foreman.
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Brendon Reid

Diagnostic Master Technician

Brendon joined us in 2009 as an apprentice. When he can get away, Brendon loves to head up to Taupo for fishing, or hunting at his grandparent’s farm. He also enjoys a bit of DIY and likes to spend time renovating his house.
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Clayton Smith

Technician

Clayton has spent a lifetime working on vehicles - he started at 16 with farm machinery, and at 19 progressed to cars as a technician. He's very keen on deer stalking, duck shooting and all forms of fishing.
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Tyson Scott

Technician

Tyson started as a mechanic in 2013. He loves sport, playing netball, soccer, cricket, and hanging out with his friends.
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Shaun Robertson

Technician

Shaun started with Manawatu Toyota as an apprentice in 2011. Shaun loves the outdoors - going on off-road adventure in his 4WD, as well as camping and hunting.
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Richard Thomson

Technician

Richard started at Manawatu Toyota in 2008 as an apprentice. After some time in Christchurch, Richard joined us again in 2013 as a technician. He enjoys swimming, keeping fit, and relaxing with a movie or two.
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Garry Seamer

Technician

Gary joined the team in 2013, with a background in forestry, building, and automotive. He enjoys music, playing guitar, and travelling.
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Rob Anderson

Technician

Rob joined the team in 2014, and has 17 years experience as an automotive technician. When Rob isn’t at work, he likes to spend time with his wife Catherine and to be outdoors kiteboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking, and jet skiing. He also likes to fit in some golf and fishing too!
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Royce Squires

Technician

Royce has been at the Hospital branch since 2014 and with Manawatu Toyota since 2003. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, fishing out at Tangimoana, hunting, and working on his 1966 Mark 1 Cortina.
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Jamie Wiggins

Technician

Jamie was building kayaks before joining us in 2014. He enjoys bushwalks, mountain climbing, hitting the beach, and spending time with his family.
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Chris Shaller

Technician

Chris started in 2016 as an apprentice. He loves everything to do with cars – he works on his cars in his spare time, and also likes to go off-roading in his 4x4.
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Steve Drysdale

Hospital Service Manager

Stephen has been in the trade for over 40 years, and spent a lot of time working on heavy diesel trucks and excavators before joining the team in 2001. He likes to go travelling with his wife Rosie around the country on their motorbikes, or flying overseas to places like the USA or Japan!
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Mohammed Shaad

DMT

Mohammad started with the team in 2016. He likes to play soccer - competing in social teams. He also likes to spend time with his friends and family.
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Alex Toye

Service Technician

Alex re-joined the team in 2017. He was with the team from 2013-2016 before spending a year over in Hawkes Bay. Alex enjoys walking his dog, and spending time with his family.
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Cam Mclean

Apprentice Technician

Cam has a serious love for motor sport - when he's not working, he's driving his rally car around the country.

Parts

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Dominic Scott

Group Parts Manager

After a brief career start with GM, Dom has worked for Toyota since 1981, apart from a spell overseas for the big O.E. Trade qualified, he has been with Manawatu Toyota since 1988. Away from work he’s a keen classic and sports car enthusiast and landscape photographer.
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Brendon Lester

Trade Sales Representative

Brendon joined Manawatu Toyota in 1994. Qualified through the Motor Industry Training Board, Brendon manages the important trade sales area of our parts operation. His hobbies include vintage go kart racing, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
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Richard Deller

Assistant Parts Manager

Starting out with Toyota in 2005, Richard holds several trade qualifications including First Line Management and a National Certificate in Parts and Accessories. He enjoys cycling and spending time with his young family.
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Mark Ireland

Parts Sales

Mark began his automotive career with Manawatu Toyota in 2006. He has completed a MITO qualification gaining a national certificate in parts and accessories merchandising. He enjoys working on his cars, watching club racing, and motorsport activities.
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Josh Reddiex

Parts Assistant

Josh is the newest member of the Parts team, starting in 2016. He is well on the way to becoming a parts professional, having completed various TNZ courses, and he’s a trained first aider – so we’re in safe hands! Away from work, Josh enjoys his young family and various sports activities.

Vehicle Finance, Insurance & Toyota Care

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Howard Martin

Used Vehicle & Finance Manager

Howard is a trained primary school teacher and taught for a short time before joining the team in 2004. He is a family man and likes to spend most of his time with his wife and two children. When Howard isn’t at work, he is cheering on his daughter at soccer, or watching her ballet, taking his kids to the park, or travelling overseas.
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Rebecca Paewal

Business Consultant

Rebecca joined the Finance team in 2015, coming from a background in banking and insurance. She enjoys spending time with her family, and is an undercover golfer - do not underestimate her talent!
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Rochelle Morgan

Business Consultant

Rochelle Joined the team in June 2016. She previously spent a few years in Australia working with Toyota, and has been part of the wider Toyota family in the South Island too. Anything you may need help with protecting or financing your next vehicle come and spend a little time with Rochelle and the team.

Finance & Admin

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Jaimie Carmichael

Financial Controller

Jaimie joined the Manawatu Toyota team after 13 years of experience in the accounting industry. Originally from Auckland, Jaimie is happily adapting to rural life in the Manawatu. In her down time, health & wellbeing is her fundamental passion.
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Julie Kemp

Senior Accounts Specialist

Julie has been with Manawatu Toyota since 2004. She likes to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and walking her dog.
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Lisa Cooper

Vehicle Processing Specialist

Lisa joined Manawatu Toyota in 2003 in a receptionist role, before taking on her current role in Operations. She is married with two children, and loves everything to do with netball. She enjoys watching netball games and also plays regularly.

Guest Experience

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Brendon Hart

General Manager

Brendon has worked in vehicle sales from a young age, both here in the Manawatu and then in Wellington before returning to Palmerston North when he and Debbie purchased the dealership in 2004. He loves motor sport of all kinds, still racing karts himself - trying to get spotted by one of the formula one teams we think? Brendon also enjoys playing soccer.
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Gee Prangnell

Guest Experience Manager

Gee started with us in 2016, coming from a background in event management, marketing, and customer relations. She is the group Toyota Experience (TEx) champion and the administrator of TUNZ, cyber security and the phone system. Originally from South Africa, Gee is now a proud Kiwi citizen whose love for the All Blacks is second only to her love of her husband and two children.
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Nikki Hurdle

Guest Experience Host

Nikki is well known in the community for training racehorses, being involved in thoroughbred racing for over 30 years. She initially started here in 2009 in Customer Relations, and since 2011 has been in a receptionist role. She lives on a lifestyle block with her partner, who trains standard bred horses.
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Caitlin Higgins

Guest Experience Specialist

Caitlin is a born and bred Manawatu girl who has a love for fishing, exercise and her two fur babies, and has a passion for providing an outstanding guest experience.
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Alice Davies

Guest Experience Specialist

Alice joined the team in 2017 with a wealth of customer service experience after her time working at a charity call centre, and completed studies at UCOL in Business Administration and Computing. When Alice isn't at work, she enjoys being outdoors playing netball, or kicking back and relaxing with her favourite TV shows.
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Margaret Hunt

EA to Debbie Hart

Margaret (a.k.a. “M”) came on board early in 2017, with a background of PA/EA roles in a variety of industries, including FMG, Yoplait and AgResearch, the largest Crown Research Institute in New Zealand. She is passionate about people and loves the role at Manawatu Toyota as she is able to interact with staff right across the organisation.