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The Bowater Motor Group staff function and long service presentations

This time of the year is always busy, with a lot of businesses choosing to have staff functions and Christmas parties to enable their staff to team build outside of the normal environment and let their collective hair down.

The Bowater Motor Group always puts on a function, and with so many staff it becomes quite an event in it's own right. This year we headed to the Anchor Bar & Grill down in Nelson's picturesque marina, for a lovely dinner and the annual presentation of our team's long service awards. It has been a very successful year for the group, and the year is not over yet! Around 120 staff and partners attended, so it was quite a festive occasion, with excellent food and service from the attentive team at the Anchor Bar & Grill.

Bowater Motor Group CEO Rodney Bowater addressed the team and presented the Long Service awards.

BMG CEO Rodney Bowater

The Bowater Motor Group itself has been a part of Nelson, Richmond and Motueka since it's early beginnings in central Nelson in 1947. It is perhaps testament to the ethos of the company that so many employee's have remained in it's employ for so long.

BMG CEO Rodney Bowater

Tony Bowater (left), CEO of Bowater Toyota, and Rodney Bowater (centre) CEO of the entire Bowater Motor Group, address all of the staff prior to handing out a bunch of long service awards, and some gold watches.
The Long Service Awards went to the following staff members:

Continual service from between 10 and 15 years;

Steve Watkins, Alistair Mapperley, Gordon Palmer, Andrew Clark, Philip Eagle, Derek O’Beirne, Philip Wright, Graeme Riordan, Roy Hoogeveen, Nick Devereux.


Continual service from between 15 and 20 years;

Pam Hogg, Sue Foote, Peter Ransby


Continual service for 20 years or more;

New recipients:
Murray Martin, Lois MacLean, Nigel Last-Harris.


Over 25 years and more, previous recipients of their Gold watch;

John Inwood, Martin Thompson, Brian Mercer, Ken Gebert, Kieron Reilly, Chris Westley, Allan Large


Chris Westley, service manager for Bowater Toyota, receives his certificate for over 25 years long service from Rodney Bowater.

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