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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.
Customer Service Advisor
Judy has been with our company since 2009. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Jacob has been with Rangiora Toyota since 2016 and has been a service and WOF technician since 2006. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and heading away for a spot of fishing.
Dave has been with Rangiora Toyota since 2010 and started in the Motor Industry back in 2005. He enjoys hunting and spending time with family.
Semi has been in the Motor Industry since 1989 and moved to New Zealand from Fiji in 1999. In his spare time he enjoys playing pool.
Emma joined us in December 2015. In her spare time she enjoys working on cars.
Eben represents South Africa in the dealership, However he has been in New Zealand from 2013 so we do think of him as a Kiwi. Eben has been at Rangiora Toyota since 2015 and enjoys 4 wheel driving, fishing and doing most things in the great outdoors.
Sue has been with Toyota parts since 1995 and loves our faithful brand. In her free time she enjoys working outdoors on her lifestyle block/zoo and most importantly being a Mum!!
Jeff was born in Balclutha and spent his early years growing up in Dunedin. Jeff is one of seven children and grandfather to three little boys. After moving from Dunedin to Christchurch in 2005 he has moved around a bit and has now settled in Kaiapoi and is loving the small community living instead of the busy city. Jeff loves spending time in his 1963 Mercury Meteor, watching sport (especially the Highlanders) and spending time with his family.'
Sally has been with us since 1987, and started as a receptionist. She worked her way up to become our very efficient Administration Manager. Sally enjoys travelling all over the world but when she is at home enjoys playing and following all sports.
Christine has been with us since 1991 in our accounts department. She enjoys 4 wheel driving and supporting her daughters sporting endeavours.
Anne is the friendly voice behind our phones and enjoys dealing with customers at all levels.
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 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.
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.