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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!
Russell has been in the Motor Industry since 1999. He enjoys jet boating, refereeing rugby, playing touch rugby and fishing.
Has been with Rangiora Toyota since 1978 and has seen many vehicle model changes. When not a work he enjoys farming, boating, cycling, walking and tramping.
Mike has been in the Motor Industry since 1985. He was Sales Manager at our Blenheim Branch and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our region.
Mike has been involved in the Motor Industry since 1974. He is an “A Grade Mechanic, been in Motor Sales since 1986 and been with the Toyota brand since 1989. He has many great loyal clients and looks forward to being of service.
Service & Parts Advisor
Keri has been in the motor industry since 2010 and enjoys working with such a strong well-known brand. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing rugby league & golf.
Akeru is originally from Japan and from 1989 he has worked for Toyota Dealerships within Japan and New Zealand. When not working Akeru enjoys fly fishing and making traditional Japanese wooden masks.
Andrew has been in the motor industry since 1979. He was north island born and breed and made his way to the south island in 2013. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, getting out on the motorbike and making various items.
Group General Manager 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.
Customer Relations and Marketing
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, kayaking and spending time with her daughters.
Paul joined the team mid 2017, has been in the Motor Industry for 15 years and comes from a background in Finance. Living in Kaiapoi he and his family enjoy Waimak Football, camping, boating and the outdoors. He also has an expensive and time consuming passion for classic cars.
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.
April has worked in the motor industry since 2011, joining the McDermid Group in 2016, where she worked in the Service Department as a Service Advisor and then moving into Customer Relations team. In her spare time, April enjoys spending time with her three children, making delicious food and going on mini adventures in the local area.