"My wife Christine and I purchased Waiau Pa garage in 1984, the workshop was small, low roofed and had a pit that filled with water in the winter. That building is now the Gasoline Alley gift shop and the Vintage Cafes kitchen was our office. We moved into our current building in about 1992. The business ran as a one man operation for a number of years and as work increased so did the staff. We currently have 3 technicians on the floor as well as Heather in the office. We have also trained a number of apprentices over the years."
Phil Smith - Director
MTA - Auckland Branch Committee - Executive Committee - Chairman
MTA - National Repairers Committee - National Repairers Committee Chairman
MTA - National Marketing Award
Automotive Solutions - Executive Committee - Chairman
Automotive Solutions President
NZFS - Station Officer
NZYA - Club Sailing Instructor - Race Management
We are proud supporters and sponsors of many local and national community and charity groups and altercate up to $6000.00 per annum on sponsorship. Phil is an active and foundation member of the Waiau Pa Fire Brigade and a NZ Yachting trained instructor for the Clarks Beach Yacht Club. He is also a pyrotechnic and has been involved with the local fireworks display since its inception. Christine was heavily involved with establishing the Kindergarten and Waiau Pa Netball club. Other groups/charities we support include: Waiau Pa Boating Club, Waiau Pa Hockey, Waiau Pa Scouts and Guides, Waiau Pa Netball, Clarks Beach Yacht Club, Clarks Beach Bowling Club, Clarks Beach Golf Club, Waiau Pa Indoor Bowls, Patumahoe Rugby, Waiau Pa Fire Brigade, NZ Coast guard, Westpac Helicopter, Waiau Pa Kindergarten, Waiau Pa School.
We are aligned with the following national organizations to keep up to date with current trends and legislation.
- Motor Trade Association.
- Automotive Solutions.
- Firestone / Bridgestone.
- AA Breakdown.
- Emissions Testing NZ.
- International Automotive Technicians Network.
- The Automotive Technician
- Tech Talk.
- Auto Data.
Automotive technology changes at an alarming rate and ongoing training is vital. We have a regular training calender and support the local training providers: MTA, TAT, IATN, Petroject, Automotive Solutions, Capricorn...