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