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Meet the team

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Craig McDermid

CEO

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!

Branch Manager

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Paul Harford

Branch Manager

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.

New & Used Cars

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Russell Lane

Vehicle Manager

Russell has been in the Motor Industry since 1999. He enjoys jet boating, refereeing rugby, playing touch rugby and fishing.
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Robin Illingworth

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Mike Keen

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Mike Peters

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Ben Horner

Vehicle Consultant

Ben joined us in July 2017 bringing with him 3 years worth of experience with Toyota and a wealth of knowledge. Ben has a genuine interest in all things automotive.

Service

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Mike Winter

Service Manager

Mike grew up on his parents farm in Oxford and commenced his apprenticeship with Rangiora Toyota (or Farmers Toyota as it was known then) in 1980. He has both A grade and Auto electrical qualifications. Mike came back to Rangiora Toyota after spending twenty years in aviation. Mike has a small block and four wonderful grandsons to keep him busy when he is not at work.
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Judy Lee

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.
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Emma Johnston

Customer Service Advisor

Emma has been with Toyota since 2017. Previous to this she moved to Christchurch to complete some study. Emma is highly involved in motorsport and racing on the dirt track.
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Jacob Stewart

Service Foreman

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.
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Dave Abbott

Technician

Dave has been with Rangiora Toyota since 2010 and stared in the Motor Industry back in 2005. He enjoys hunting and spending time with family.
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Eben Nothagel

Technician

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.
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Ethan Vincent

Technician

Ethan has a been with the Toyota brand since 2014. In his spare time he enjoys going hunting, fishing and diving.
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Semi Tuberi

Technician

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.
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Jared Graham

Technician

Jared has been in the Motor Industry since 2012. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and hunting.
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Brett McGlone

Apprentice Technician

Brett has been with us since 2013. He enjoys 4 wheel driving and doing anything in the great outdoors.
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Emma Whitefield

Apprentice Technician

Emma joined us in December 2015. In her spare time she enjoys working on cars.

Parts

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Sue Eginton

Parts Manager

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!!
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Alan Gunn

Parts Advisor

Alan has been with Rangiora Toyota since 1990 and has seen many changes to the industry during that time. Whilst not thinking about parts he is kept busy on his 10 acre block and looking after the animals.
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Dylan Fergusson

Parts Advisor

I have been in the parts industry since 2011. In my spare time I'll be found on the riverbed fly fishing.

Grooming

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Michael Friend

Vehicle Detailer

Michael was a vehicle detailer from 2002 to 2012 before taking a break and returning back into the industry from 2018. In his spare time he plays in pool competitions.
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Harman Singh

Vehicle Detailer

Harman has been in automotive detailing since 2017, joining Rangiora Toyota in 2018. He enjoys travelling, sight seeing and exploring, he is up for any adventure. In his spare time he likes to do exercising and watching movies.
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Wendy Quigley

Vehicle Detailer

Wendy has been a farmer most of her life and can still be found in the cow sheds on the odd weekend. She joined the grooming industry in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children.

Finance, Insurance & Toyota Care

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Henry McCook

Finance and Insurance

Henry has been with Toyota New Zealand since 2015 as part of the first Management Graduate Program Toyota International has produced. He has settled back in Canterbury and is utilising his experience as our new Business and Finance Manager. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, clay bird shooting and spending time with his dog.

Administration

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Sally Frahm

Administration Manager

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.
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Christine Roberts

Administration

Christine has been with us since 1991 in our accounts department. She enjoys 4 wheel driving and supporting her daughters sporting endeavours.
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Anne Graham

Receptionist

Anne is the friendly voice behind our phones and enjoys dealing with customers at all levels.
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Julia Russell

Administration Department

Julia joined the team in June 2017 working alongside studying to further her accounting knowledge. Outside of work she enjoys reading, mountain biking and spending time with her family.

Business Support

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Andy Wilson

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.
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Talei Dickson

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.
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Chris Ward

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.