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Head in to Central Motors to meet the team and find out how they can help you with your machinery and servicing needs. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

New owners to continue superior service


Central Motors is a well-known name in the Hauraki Plains. The Ngatea-based company has been committed to serving the farming community since it opened its doors more than 40 years ago.

Now new owners Carmel and Andrew Welch and Cameron McGill are planning big things for the business, and top of the list is continuing to offer the superior service the company has become known for.

They know they have big shoes to fill. Previous owners Mark and Jane Browne ran the business for 22 years, building a reputation for excellent service.

“We want to carry on being the successful business that it is, and continue to support and supply the local district with all its machinery and service needs,” Andrew says.

Mark and Jane have been very supportive through the transition, helping the new leadership team to find their bearings, Carmel says.

“We’d like to thank them very much for the help they’ve given us.”

Mark will be a familiar face around the shop – he and his son Chris are staying on within the company along with the rest of the staff in sales, parts and service.

Stock will remain the same as well, with the company continuing to offer their current large range of products and services.

Central Motors stock a wide range of construction machinery, agriculture implements and accessories. You’ll find all the big farming names on their shop floor; Kubota tractors, Yamaha motorbikes and Steelfort lawn mowers, plus a host of other brands and products.

The Central Motors staff are staying on. Photo: SUPPLIED

Their motto is “we service what we sell”.

It’s not just lip service – they have a full mechanical workshop on site and a parts sourcing team. And if they don’t have what you want in store, Andrew says they can find it.

As the trio get settled into their roles they have been thrilled to have the support of the community around them. Andrew has lived in the Hauraki Plains all his life, with wife Carmel joining him from Ireland in 2002. Meanwhile, Cameron is also a familiar face on the plains, with his accounting firm Rocam Accountants Ltd based in Thames.

“We have a lot of locals, lovely local people that are coming in that we know,” Carmel says. “They’re being really supportive.”

The three directors stepped into their new roles in February – Cameron is in charge of accounts and Carmel is running the admin team, while Andrew has taken on the managing director and sales roles.

“It’s a nice flow – we all have our own roles to play, it’s a nice mix,” Carmel says.

After being friends for over seven years, they say they are looking forward to the exciting new challenge of running a business together.

“We just want the whole of the public to know that we’ve taken over and that the business is still here.”

By ALICE PARMINTER, Public Journalism funded by NZ on Air