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Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

Call in for a cup of coffee and meet our friendly team in person.

Chris BowaterChris Bowater
CEO. Bowater Hyundai

Chris is a 3rd generation Bowater family member taking care of the family business and has lived in Nelson most of his life.

Chris has been CEO at Bowater Hyundai since the dealership opened in 2007; offering the locals of the top of the south an exciting range of cars that has been fast becoming one of New Zealand's favourites.
His family comes first in his life, reflecting the Bowater philosophy of Family Values, and Value for Families. Chris is married to Yvonne and has two children, Laura and Jacob.
In his spare time he enjoys movies, the gym, golf and travel - and Chris also plays rugby in the President's grade for the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Golden Oldies for the Buccaneers Club.

Peter CantrickPeter Cantrick
Branch Manager

Peter has moved up into the role of Branch Manager in late Autumn 2019.

Prior to this he was responsible for role managing all parts and technical aspects within the dealership to enhance customer satisfaction by offering a high level of service.

Peter has been with the Bowater Motor Group since 1992, originally in the Bowater Motors Motueka branch, starting out as a service technician.

He has been a long term asset to the group and has risen through the ranks as he has gained experience in all aspects of the motor industry.

When the Bowater Motor Group obtained the Hyundai franchise in 2007 and set up the Hardy Street showroom, Peter came in as the Parts & Service Manager, adding many valuable years of experience, and a friendly, familiar "Bowater's" face to the new team. He has been an integral part of the establishment of the showroom on the corner of Hardy and Rutherford Street.

Peter has lived in Motueka with his family for over 30 years after moving to the Top of the South from the bottom of the south - he was a Southland lad originally!

Bowater Hyundai Sales Team.

James Duncan

James Duncan
Sales Team Leader

James has decades of experience under jis belt, and a real love of cars, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002.

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most of us have had hot dinners! Hyundai of course have a great range of vehicles well suited to just this purpose, as well as quite a few with the pedigree of a fine throughbred!
Since then he has learnt his skills through a hard earned respect of doing a job well, and gaining the knowledge to lead the sales team through learning the ropes from the inside.


adam olversonAdam Olverson
Vehicle Sales Consultant

Adam has rejoined the Bowater Hyundai team in the latter part of 2017. He has previously worked in the sales department here in 2013, and took the opportunity to return. Adam has great love for the Hyundai range of vehicles and has been amazed at the technological leap over the last 5 years, so is brimmed full of new knowledge about all that Hyundai can offer the discerning motorist. The advances in the Hyundai Touchscreen Information Systems is a particular passion - ask him anything!

Adam has a young daughter and is a devoted father in his downtime, as well as loving to travel. He also restores classic motorbikes and is a certified dive instructor. Originally from Jamaica, Adam moved to Nelson with his parents and siblings a while ago. 


2019 hyundai matt enrightMatthew Enright
Vehicle Sales Consultant

Matt has rejoined the Bowater Motor Group team in Autumn 2019 after 5 years away. Prior to that he was at Bowater Honda for 8 years, leaving the role as Sales Manager. He has a wealth of knowledge of cars, and is very excited to be back in the building he knows so well. He is very impressed with the Hyundai range of vehicles and is looking forward to reconnecting with the Hyundai customers. 



Bowater Hyundai Parts & Service Team. 

2019 hyundai sean 500Sean Christall
Aftersales Assistant

Sean joined the team in the early autumn of 2019, and comes with a local automotive industry pedigree stretching back a number of years. He is passionate about cars and customer service, and is very knowledgable in the aftersales space, so look forward to some excellent customer service!

Sean is one of the lucky few to own a Honda s2000. He is very enthusiastic about original state classics, infact his s2000 still has a cassette player in it even though he doesn't have any cassettes - lets see if we can rememdy that! Come on down and have a chat, bring an old cassette tape, and have a fresh brewed coffee or cup of tea whilst getting your vehicle sorted.  


2019 hyundai liam 500Liam Ryan
Aftersales Assistant

Liam has returned back to the Bowater's team in late autumn 2019, after a short stint over in Australia. 

Liam previously worked for the group as the store manager for our Mag & Turbo business in Vanguard Street, Nelson City.
Coming from that pedigree, you can be sure that Liam knows a thing or two about rims and tyres, aftersales enhancements and truly making a vehicle yours! 

Liam is also very passionate about cars, and has been for a very long time. From his previous experience he has a great depth of knowledge and can help guide you through the post purchase part of your relationship with Bowater Hyundai. 


Service Workshop. 

Gordon MainsGordon Mains
Workshop Technician

Gordon has been with Bowater Hyundai since 2013, coming to us from Heslops.

He has much experience in automotive repair, coming from a solid industry background culminating in owning his own workshop in Auckland for 15 years.

In 2008 Gordon, his wife and 2 children moved to Nelson in search of a more outdoor focused lifestyle. The chance to spend more time biking and kayaking was appealing, as well as a different environment for raising children.

The family love it here, and are here, there and everywhere with all sorts of activities these days.
Gordon is also involved with the local Scouting movement.


2014-hyundai-hoogz250Roy "Hoogz" Hoogeveen
Workshop Technician

Since his school days he has been called Hoogz, and the name has stuck and grown with him. Now days it is just the way it is, it is the name everyone calls him, and Hoogz even has it printed on his work shirts.

Hoogz has been with Bowaters since early 2002, and has worked in both the Bowater Honda and now the Bowater Hyundai workshops.

He really knows his stuff and is the go to guy to give technical analysis and expertise to keep your vehicle in tip top condition.

He loves cars so much it spills over into his private life. In his spare time Hoogz is a keen restorer of vintage Anglia's - he has quite a mint one that he can be seen out and about in on a regular basis.  


2014 hyundai sam250Sam Whiting
Workshop Technician

In late 2018 Sam returned back into the Bowater Hyundai workshop, and brings with him many years of experience, not only with our customers but also with a wide cross section of vehicles in general. 

Sam and his family moved back to Nelson from Australia to seek out a lifestyle centred around accessing the wonders of our region - beaches, bush walks and a child friendly environment. 






Van Thawngcem
Workshop Technician

Van is originally from Myanmar and moved to Nelson with his family in 2010 to start a new life.

He began working in the Bowater Hyundai workshop in early 2015 and has settled into the busy team environment and can always be found with a cheeky wide smile and an infectious laugh! 

Van is very keen on cars and will always be the one happy to help when it comes time to move cars to and from an event - he is super keen on learning and the more times he can get behind the wheel he happier he is. 
Van's passion for the Hyundai brand is very evident and he enjoys the support from a very encompassing national training centre that all of our technicians regularly attend as they collectively further both knowledge and advances in technology and diagnostics.