Rauten Vorster -General Manager
Rauten has 15 years' experience in business management and sales within the automotive industry. He recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa and brings strong leadership and management skills.
Rauten enjoys fishing and renovating classic off-road motorcycles.
Stephen Brungar -Engineer & Diesel Mechanic
"Grandad" is our longest standing employee, his skills and knowledge are invaluable to the company. Stephen began as an apprentice in 1969 and has devoted 50 years to the trade. He is a CBIP qualified certifier and works on EWP and hydraulic crane trucks and repairs. He has vast experience working on every type of vehicle from heavy diesel to tow connections, tractors, ride-on mowers and everything in between. Stephen has longstanding relationships with our clients who hold him in the highest regard.
Stephen enjoys fishing and sport with his grandkids.
David Haenga -Mechanic
David started as an apprentice in 1977 and achieved A-Grade in 1982. He has owned and operated his own automotive workshop for 11 years, worked as a contractor for 10 years and spent 9 years building underground coal mining loaders and equipment in Australia.
David enjoys rugby league and travel.
Bruce Hancette -Engineer
Bruce started as an apprentice engineer in 1970 and has been involved in the engineering and automotive fields for the past 50 years. Bruce spent extensive time involved in motor sport in both New Zealand and overseas including F1 racing. Bruce still builds race cars and loves to assist where required, he also enjoys water skiing and golf.
Stephen Kirkham -Assistant Manager / Mechanic
Steve began his career in 2004 and has a certificate in Trade Technology Heavy Equipment, automotive heavy engineering road transport certificate and an automotive light certificate. He is an experienced trade qualified diesel mechanic with 8 years' experience working on buses and prior experience working on heavy mining equipment on the mines in Australia. Steve enjoys fishing, hunting and overseas travel.
Joseph Kora -Technician
Jo has his National Trade Certificate, CBIP qualification and welding certificates. He began working for Transport Maintenance in 2000 and has experience in all departments of general automotive engineering from lawn mowers to 4 axle trucks and wheel alignments.
Jo enjoys motorbikes, fast cars and sports.
Callum Marshall -Apprentice Heavy Automotive
Callum started with his level 3 automotive certificate from Toi-Ohomai in 2018 having cut his teeth working on his dad's and grandfather's cars from a young age. He still loves to work on his and his friend's cars in his spare time. Callum enjoys attending the drift events and helping the pit crew.
Roberto Mattas -Technician
Roberto gained his automotive diploma in 2001. He has experience working with cars, bobcats, trucks and trailers. In order to learn more about the heavy automotive trucks he signed on at Toi OHomai as a diesel mechanic apprentice in 2019. Roberto enjoys football, rugby and kayak fishing.
Alistair Mitchell -Technician
Alistair qualified as a Master Service Technician with Briggs & Stratton in 2016 as well as being a Kohler Certified Technician. He has 20 years' experience working in many different automotive and mechanical engineering sectors from small engines like our ride on mowers to diesel and bus engines.
Alistair enjoys cars, movies and fishing.
Robert Green -Parts Administration Manager
Rob began working in parts after leaving school in 1985, his 34 years of experience in vehicle parts, aftermarket parts and specialized braking are highly regarded. He handles our supplier invoices as well as direct part sales to the public.
Rob enjoys motor biking, camping, outdoors and overseas travel whenever he can get the opportunity!
Chris Newnham -Parts Support
Chris began working in the automotive parts industry in 1969 and acquired his Parts Trade Certificate in 1984. In 1991 he got his Hella Contact Man Certificate for electrical parts and began working at Transport Maintenance in 1996. Chris has a vast knowledge of parts and is well respected in the industry.
Chris enjoys Golf, gardening, sailing and country music.
Vanessa Viljoen -Office Manager
Vanessa began working in administration and finance in 2001. She covers all the office administration, invoicing, wages and finance among other things.
Vanessa enjoys horse riding, ballroom dancing, swimming, gardening, baking and beat saber.