Toyota New Zealand

Bowater Toyota

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The Bowater name dates back over 70 years in the motor industry and is synonymous with a reputation for quality and service in the top of the south.

The Bowater Motor Group was formed in the heart of Nelson City in September 1945 as a mechanical and auto electrical service.
 When Raymond Bowater retired in 1977, Rodney Bowater was appointed Group Managing Director.
 The company expanded and obtained franchises for Nissan, Honda, Peugeot, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar, Rover, Landrover, Fiat, Volkswagon, Renault, Alfa, Panther, Hino, Lancia, Maserati and Leyland Heavy Commercial.

With the addition of the Motueka Dealership, Bowater's has become Nelson's largest vehicle company.
 Rationalised with the purchase of the Toyota franchise in 1990, The Bowater Motor Group now operates Bowater Toyota in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka.

Address:
Cnr of Halifax
& Rutherford Street
Nelson

Postal Address
Bowater Toyota
PO Box 416
Nelson 7040

0800 269 283

Telephone: (03) 546 9269
Fax: (03) 546 9263
Contact Form: Drop us a line
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Opening hours:
ADMIN
Monday to Friday 08.00am - 05.00pm
Phone: (03) 546 9269
Fax: (03) 546 9263
E-mail: admin@bowater.toyota.co.nz
NEW & USED VEHICLES
Monday to Friday 08.00am - 05.30pm
Saturday 09.00am - 04.00pm
Phone: (03) 546 9269
Fax: (03) 546 9263
E-mail: new@bowater.toyota.co.nz
used@bowater.toyota.co.nz
PARTS
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 05.30pm
Saturday 09.00am - 10.30am
Phone: (03) 546 9269
Fax: (03) 546 9267
E-mail: parts@bowater.toyota.co.nz
SERVICE
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 05.30pm
Phone: (03) 546 9269
Fax: (03) 546 9267
E-mail: service@bowater.toyota.co.nz

Meet the team

Tony Bowater

Tony Bowater | CEO

Hi, I’m Tony Bowater. As the name suggests, Bowater Toyota is a family-owned-and-run member of the Bowater Motor Group and I am a third generation family member, proud to continue in my grandfather's and father's footsteps. We are very pleased with the support the Nelson community has given us and are happy to be able to support the wider Nelson region in many ways. I have been working full time within the Bowater Motor group since I left school in 1985, with titles from general gofer to CEO. Toyota and the Bowater Motor Group are very well aligned with strong principles. Respect for others is a key element to our success.
On a personal note, I am married with three children and enjoy a mix of social activities including music, where I play drums in a few groups, as well as water sports and of course sports in general. However, these days I watch more than I participate.


New & Used Vehicle Sales
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Nigel Last-Harris | Fleet Manager

I have been involved with the Toyota product since the 1990's, and there have been some incredible gains in vehicle specification, safety features (now standard on most models), hybrid technology (being more widely utilised) and Signature class used vehicles.
Let me introduce you to how Bowater Toyota, and Toyota, can assist you and your business with all of your motoring and fleet vehicle requirements


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Aaron McLean | Sales Team Leader

Hi, my name is Aaron. I’ve been with Bowater Toyota since 2007 where I first started as a Sales cadet.
Originally from Auckland (not to be held against me) I am far more at home in the outdoor life of the South Island.
Ever since my first car, a 1990 Toyota Corolla, I have been a firm believer in Toyota and the quality it offers.
I am always willing and happy to be of assistance so come in and see me, if only for a coffee and a chat, and let me and the team find the perfect vehicle for you.


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Steve Webster | Customer Lifecycle Manager / Deployment Trainer

Hello my name is Steve and I am new to Nelson and Bowater Toyota. My family and I left the UK at the end of 2012 and have settled in this beautiful region after visiting once before 20 years ago. My first job was in the motor trade, and throughout my life I have been a motorsport enthusiast, and at times a participant as well. I am very excited to be here and look forward to meeting more locals, both long term, and more "recent" like myself! I am an old fashioned kind of guy in that I believe in proper customer service, something I am proud that Bowater Toyota specialise in.


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Toby Bowden | Sales

Hi my name is Toby and I am a 4th generation member of the Bowater family. I joined the family business in 2013, and am learning the ropes from the ground up, am excited to be here, and keen to learn. Now, as a fully fledged member of a very professional sales team, I am eager to meet new customers and offer a generational approach to buying a car - come and get to know me and you can be sure that I will be here for years to come. Your first car purchased with me will hopefully be the start of an ongoing car buying relationship!

On the personal front, my partner and I have a baby girl Mia, our first child. In my spare time I play a bit of golf, and enjoy playing sports such as squash and hockey.


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Craig Allott | Sales

Hi my name is Craig and I am a recent immigrant to Nelson, having moved here from Invercargill with my family in the autumn of 2016.
We have moved north to be closer to family and have settled in the warm and friendly community of Motueka. I am excited to be living here (and a whole lot warmer) and am now excited to be a part of the sales team at Bowater Toyota.


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Sam Williams | Sales Support

Hi my name is Sam and I started work in the busy Sales Dept of Bowater Toyota in the autumn of 2015. I have come from a 10 year background in retail sales and am quite looking forward to getting to grips with the award winning range of Toyota's, and meeting the customers.
In my spare time I am an avid Paintball enthusiast, and am a keen outdoor adventurist, with qualifications in Adventure Tourism.


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Adrien Giroguy | Sales

Adrien is French and has added a very "European" flair to the dealership since joining the Bowater Toyota Sales team in late 2015. He is passionate about the future direction of vehicles, "eyebrid" technology and the lifestyle that the region offers. Just ask him about Hilux, Highlander or Hybrids if you want a chuckle - that French accent is still very forthcoming....
Adrien has lived in NZ for a while now and has a partner and a couple of kiwi kids and lives in Motueka with a massive backyard with too many animals.
He does actually love croissants, and has been seen on many an occasion nibbling away on one as a snack!


Finance & Extra Care
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Alistair Mapperley | Business Manager

I'm Al Mapperley and I've been working for Bowaters since 2001 after escaping from the UK. My role at Toyota is Business Manager which covers all the Finance and Insurance products. Wherever possible, I make sure everyone walks away from Toyota with the package that suits them and when necessary help bridge that gap from what you want to what you really, really want !!!. I provide an efficient, understandable and friendly approach to finance and leasing. With an in-depth knowledge of Toyota Finance, Service and Warranty products, I can help make the decision to move into your dream vehicle a breeze.


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Andrew Maitland | Financial Services Consultant

Andrew joins us as the needs of our busy dealership have grown. The opportunity to offer a comprehensive financial package to more of our customers, and to be able to spend more time on the process is something we, and Andrew, are very excited about.
If you are in the market for a new car, and need to discuss finance give Andrew a call and he can run you through the many options available to you.


Parts
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Kieron Reilly | Parts Manager

Hi, my name is Kieron. I started with Toyota in 1982 in the Parts Dept and became Parts Manager in 1989. The last 28+ years have been great.
I’ve seen a lot of changes with Toyota from the first front wheel drive Corollas to the Hybrid Prius, but through all the changes one thing has remained the same and that is Toyotas’ genuine commitment to improve their vehicles and service.


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Barry Roach | Parts Advisor

Hi, my name is Barry. I have been working as Parts Advisor for Bowater Toyota since 2008.
I have had an interest in cars since I played with Tonkas (should that be Toyotas?) in the sandpit, so I am well suited to my position here. I always try to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone is more than satisfied with the end result. Come in and see me and you won’t be disappointed.


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Mason Bowden | Parts Advisor

Hi my name is Mason and I am a 4th generation Bowater family member. I joined the family business in 2014 and am enjoying the challenge of learning all aspects of what the Bowater Motor Group does. I am now working in the award winning Parts Department at Bowater Toyota after a stint learning the ropes in the grooming department.


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Emma King-Turner | Parts Advisor

Hi, my name is Emma King-Turner. I have had a strong interest in Toyotas for as long as I can remember. My Mum bought a Toyota Starlet brand new in 1982 and while driving me around in it as a small child I semi-destroyed her car… I wouldn’t have done this if I had known that 20 years later it was going to be my pride and joy.

I have been in the Motor industry since 2005 selling parts and being a part time mechanic. I started at Bowater Toyota in February 2009 as the Receptionist and as of May 2010 I moved into my element in the Parts Department.


Service
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Nick Collins | Service Manager

My name is Nick Collins and I am very proud to be ensuring that our primary focus as a team is on the customer experience. It's essential to us that everybody has an experience that results in rewarding us with a smile. I stepped up to the overall Service Manager role in late 2016 after several years as Service Advisor in the Richmond Branch. We have 22 very capable staff who are able to assist with any servicing requirements across the region with workshops in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka.
I have been working the spanners here at Bowater Toyota since 2007, moving progressively into a managerial role, the 5 years previous I was also a technician at GWD Russells in Queenstown.

When I'm not at work my interests are spending time with my family, followed closely by hunting, fishing and snowboarding.


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Martin Thompson | Service Advisor

Hi, my name is Martin Thompson. I have been part of the Toyota team since June 1987; 10 years as a Service Technician and the rest in my current position as Service Advisor. It is my pleasure to provide a friendly, quality service to present and future customers.


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Philip Stevens | Service Reception / Service Admin

Hi my name is Phil and I have been with Bowaters since 2013. I moved into this role within the company in early 2014 to replace a long serving staff member who retired.
I have previously worked in retail so customer service and satisfaction are top priorities and something I strive hard to exceed in. I look forward to meeting new and existing customers.


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Salvi Frika | Service Advisor

After an earlier stint with the team at Bowaters in the mid 80's, I rejoined the Service Department in early 2016. I am a born and bred Nelsonian, and have recently moved back to my home town to be closer to family.
I have had a lifelong passion for cars, and have had long periods working within the automotive industry, and am very happy to be back amongst it in this new hi tech environment.
I am also very passionate about photography, got my first camera at 6 or 7, and pursued it through college. To this day I still enjoy the art of composing and capture moments of life through the viewfinder of my camera. I have worked previously at the Nelson Mail as an advertising photographer, mainly shooting cars for ads, so it was a blending of two of my passions.


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Chris Westley | Service Foreman

I began my career with Toyota as an apprentice Automotive Technician in 1973, and since then have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience. As Service Foreman I am well positioned to maximise all of the opportunities in the workshop as a Foreman with over 40 years experience primarily with the Toyota franchise.


Administration
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Sandie Horne | Admin & Accounting Manager

Hi, I’m Sandie and I joined Bowater Toyota in March 2007 as their Administration & Accounting Manager following an 18 month senior OE in Europe. My previous working history was in freight forwarding and I specialised in problem solving and creating procedure manuals / systems. Working for Bowater Toyota has given me new skills, while utilising my existing ones and provides variety each day. I am supported by a fabulous Admin team, who daily show their loyalty and enthusiasm for their jobs and the company.


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Heather Fenemor | Receptionist

Hi, I'm Heather and I joined the Bowater Toyota family in May 2010. I really enjoy my job as morning receptionist as I get to help out both staff and customers in my role. Family is as important to me as it is to Bowater Toyota. I have two young children and enjoy balancing work and home.


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Euan West | Accounts Department

Euan joined our team mid 2015 after relocating from Christchurch. Prior to that he spent many years in the UK, primarily in Scotland, so Nelson's sunshine is a shock to the system!
In his spare time Euan is an avid sportsman, with cricket a particular passion, and is an active participant as a registered scorer. Euan also is a keen cyclist, and can often be seen out in the middle of our region on a bike in the weekends.


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Shetal Narayan | Receptionist

Hi my name is Shetal and I recently joined the busy reception team in the Autumn of 2017.


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Sonya de Malmanche | Accounts Department

Hello my name is Sonya and I joined the Administration Department part time in early 2016.
I am excited to be joining the team at Bowater Toyota after a long career in the banking. I have been a familiar face in the Nelson bank industry over the last 20 years, so bring that experience to my role in the admin department.

In my spare time my partner and I enjoy the local cycle trails, and look forward to our annual motorhome adventure. where of course, we spend alot of time on our bikes!


Grooming
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Brian Mercer | Team Leader

Hi, my name is Brian. I began working for Bowater Toyota in March 1987. I am the leader of a great team of groomers here at the Grooming Bay on Hardy Street.


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Andrew Huffam | Groomer

Hi, my name is Andrew. I began working for Bowater Toyota in 2006 after working for Rent-a-Dent for 4 1/2 years. I was raised on the West Coast but enjoy living in Nelson.


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Tom Coote | Yard Groomer

Hi I'm Tom, and I have been the yard groomer at Bowater Toyota in Nelson since 2002. It is my job to keep the vehicles on the Nelson & Motueka yards in showroom condition. In my spare time I love mountain biking - my favourite trail to ride is the track up to third house.


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Erin Mahon | Groomer

Hi my name is Erin and I joined the grooming team in early 2016.
I enjoy the great atmosphere in the grooming department and the satisfaction of a job well done, and doing it properly.


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Andrew Holmes | Service Groomer

Hi my name is Andrew and I am responsible for grooming customers cars as a requested part of their vehicle service at Bowater Toyota's main branch in central Nelson. In my own time I enjoy family walks and tramps on the many beautiful tracks in our area, as well as photographing some of these amazing scenes.


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Michael Kemp | Groomer

Hi my name is Michael and I am happy to be returning to my role as a groomer in the busy Grooming Team.
I have a deep love of cars, and the mighty Warriors, so it is a great fit for me here.


Address:
10 Mcglashen Avenue
Richmond 7020

 

0800 269 283

Telephone: (03) 544 1117
Fax: (03) 544 1119
Click here to view a larger map
Opening hours:
PARTS
Monday to Friday 08.00am - 05.00pm
Phone: (03) 544 1117
Fax: (03) 544 1119
E-mail: partsric@bowater.toyota.co.nz
SERVICE
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 05.30pm
Phone: (03) 544 1117
Fax: (03) 544 1119
E-mail: serviceric@bowater.toyota.co.nz

Meet the team

Tony Bowater

Tony Bowater | CEO

Hi, I’m Tony Bowater. As the name suggests, Bowater Toyota is a family-owned-and-run member of the Bowater Motor Group and I am a third generation family member, proud to continue in my grandfather's and father's footsteps. We are very pleased with the support the Nelson community has given us and are happy to be able to support the wider Nelson region in many ways. I have been working full time within the Bowater Motor group since I left school in 1985, with titles from general gofer to CEO. Toyota and the Bowater Motor Group are very well aligned with strong principles. Respect for others is a key element to our success.
On a personal note, I am married with three children and enjoy a mix of social activities including music, where I play drums in a few groups, as well as water sports and of course sports in general. However, these days I watch more than I participate.


Parts
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Gordon Palmer | Parts Advisor

I have been in the motor industry for over 37 years, 21 of them in motorcycle shops. I started the same year as Chris Westley, when Phil Eagle was 3 months old. I worked as a mechanic until 1982 when I saw the light and moved into the parts dept. I served a few years in admin, and then joined the Bowater Toyota parts team in 2002. I enjoy watching any sport that involves wheels or balls.


Service
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Bryce Denise | Service Advisor

It is exciting to step up to the new challenge and move into the role of Service Advisor at our busy Richmond branch in late 2016.


Vehicle Sales
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Toby Bowden | Sales Richmond

Hi my name is Toby and I am a 4th generation member of the Bowater family. I joined the family business in 2013, and am learning the ropes from the ground up, am excited to be here, and keen to learn. Now, as a fully fledged member of a very professional sales team, I am eager to meet new customers and offer a generational approach to buying a car - come and get to know me and you can be sure that I will be here for years to come. Your first car purchased with me will hopefully be the start of an ongoing car buying relationship!

On the personal front, my partner and I have a baby girl Mia, our first child. In my spare time I play a bit of golf, and enjoy playing sports such as squash and hockey.


Address:
258 High Street, Motueka

 

0800 269 283

Telephone: (03) 528 9600
Fax: (03) 528 6400
Click here to view a larger map
Opening hours:
ADMIN
Monday to Friday 08.30am - 05.00pm
Phone: (03) 528 9600
Fax: (03) 528 6400
E-mail: adminmot@bowater.toyota.co.nz
NEW & USED VEHICLES
Monday to Friday 08.00am - 05.00pm
Saturday 09.00am - 04.00pm
Phone: (03) 528 9600 

Fax: (03) 528 6400
Cell: 027 555 0930
E-mail: salesmot@bowater.toyota.co.nz
PARTS
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 05.30pm
Saturday 09.00am - 12.00pm
Phone: (03) 528 9600
Fax: (03) 528 6400
E-mail: partsmot@bowater.toyota.co.nz
SERVICE
Monday to Friday 07.30am - 05.30pm
Phone: (03) 528 9600
Fax: (03) 528 6400
E-mail: servicemot@bowater.toyota.co.nz

Meet the team

Tony Bowater

Tony Bowater | CEO

Hi, I’m Tony Bowater. As the name suggests, Bowater Toyota is a family-owned-and-run member of the Bowater Motor Group and I am a third generation family member, proud to continue in my grandfather's and father's footsteps. We are very pleased with the support the Nelson community has given us and are happy to be able to support the wider Nelson region in many ways. I have been working full time within the Bowater Motor group since I left school in 1985, with titles from general gofer to CEO. Toyota and the Bowater Motor Group are very well aligned with strong principles. Respect for others is a key element to our success.
On a personal note, I am married with three children and enjoy a mix of social activities including music, where I play drums in a few groups, as well as water sports and of course sports in general. However, these days I watch more than I participate.


Vehicle Sales
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John Mellor | Sales

Hi my name is John and I am a recent immigrant to Nelson, having recently moved here from Christchurch where I was with the Toyota franchise for a number of years.
This gives me a great knowledge base to call upon in helping you find the right vehicle for your needs and am now excited to be a part of the sales team at Bowater Toyota.


Service
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Toby Bennett | Service Advisor

Hi, I'm Toby Bennett and I have been part of our busy Motueka service team since early 2009 when I started in the Bowater Toyota workshop on the tools. Late in 2016 I moved into the Service Advisors role. I'm committed to providing quality and friendly service and I am backed up by an experienced and fully qualified team of technicians.


Parts
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Gary Fitzgerald | Parts Advisor

Hi, my name is Gary. I have been working as a parts advisor for Bowater Toyota since November 2010. I came to Toyota after working in motorcycle parts for 20 years. I am enjoying the change and I am committed to providing the best service to our customers.