Meet the Team

Our friendly team

Meet the team who make buying a shipping container easy. Need to hire? That’s easy too.

Our team has many years of experience finding solutions for storage, transportation and using shipping containers in new and innovative ways. Whether you’re hiring or buying a shipping container, we’ll find you the right size with the right specifications for your needs.

We’ll manage transporting it to your site and setting it up so you can start using it as soon as possible. Depending on your location, we can also help you with container conversions. Converted shipping containers have many uses and are becoming popular today as retail and business spaces, permanent and temporary utility spaces, and shipping container houses.
 
Contact our friendly team on 0800 400 400 for more information.

Brett Wright

National Sales
This is who I am:

Spending most of my working career in the transport industry it was a natural progression for me to make the move into Shipping Containers, in 2014 I became part of the A1 family-owned and operated business and settled into Head Office in Maleme St, Tauranga.  I pride myself on giving our customers the best service and advice to meet their Shipping Container requirements. You can catch me out on a trail ride with my son, so come say hi, I am only too happy to have a chat.

This is what I do:

Taking your phone enquiries, sending you a quotation to assist in a smooth delivery, or showing you the containers, we have on offer here at A1 Containers in Tauranga.  You will find me on site along with my work colleagues Elsie and Shane ready to provide you with a simple solution when it comes to purchasing, hiring, or relocating a Shipping Container.

This is how I can help you:

I will provide a good knowledge of containers and transport options based on your requirements, having been in or involved in the transport industry for most of my working career allows me to make the process run smoothly for you the customer.  When you come to see us here at A1 Containers you can guarantee our customer service beats the rest, because we care.

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Rebecca Chatham

Sales & Marketing Executive 
This is who I am:

A fun energic mum and step mum to five children, you are likely to hear me before you see me, and I am always down for a good laugh.  Moving to Hawkes Bay in 2009 with a passion for marketing and sales allowed me to grow in the industry I love, I have been so grateful to have worked alongside some of the best locally owned and operated businesses in Hawkes Bay.

This is what I do:

I split my role between Marketing and Sales, two things true to my heart. As well as a supervillain at night, scouting my house for the odd sock monster, you are likely to get me on the other end of the phone when you give A1 Containers a call or find me working away in the background managing our online media and researching new innovative marketing strategies for A1 Containers.

This is how I can help you:

If you are looking to purchase, hire or in need of some good helpful advice about Shipping Containers, as part of the sales team at A1 Containers I can help you out.  Alongside this, if you have some great new marketing features and offers that A1 container could benefit from or would like to have a chat about how we can help support or sponsor your organisation please give me a call or drop me an email.

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Ash Allen

National Logistics
This is who I am:

I am married with 2 children; one has left home (yay!) and the other is a teenager who I am unsure if he will ever leave home unless I can get a deal on a 40FT HC container that he can convert! Lucky for me I am in the right industry! I love a bit of competition and playing lawn bowls. I know, competition and lawn bowls are in the same sentence! 18 years of competitive indoor cricket has honed my sledging skills, but I am not sure these will be appropriate at the bowling club… yet. When I am not on the bowling green, I spend my time with my long-suffering wife and can often be found behind a drum kit, a bass guitar, or a microphone on a Sunday morning.

This is what I do:

I get to wear two hats in my role which is Transport & Sales. This is great for me as I get to combine my 25 + years of Transport/Fleet management knowledge along with my 30 + years of Sales and customer service together. In addition to this, you will find me loading and unloading containers on or off our transport partners in our Napier depot and occasionally making a reasonable cup of coffee or tea. There may or may not be a biscuit supplied with these, but I can guarantee that I will not have baked it unless you like small windowless buildings!

This is how I can help you:

If you are in the market to purchase or hire a shipping container or you are wanting to just move or relocate a container you already have then this is where I come in. With my extensive transport background, I have connections from Invercargill to Kaitaia to make the pickup and delivery of your container run like clockwork. Give our team at A1 Containers a call, we are only too happy to assist with your enquiry.

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Heidi Dustin

Managing Director
This is who I am:

Born and Breed in Hawkes Bay, I am a fun-loving mum to 2 beautiful demanding teenagers and a helper to many.  The container industry has been my life for the past 15 + years with my husband Willie, owning the business since 2009.  When I am not pressing keys on the computer for A1, you are likely to find me pressing keys on my piano or my face in a fictional novel escaping from motherhood.  I am also partial to a quiz night at the local pub with friends or a sneaky wine tasting at some of our local Hawkes Bay wineries.

This is what I do:

I am pretty good at hot coffee runs to keep our staff refueled.   I love helping our customers, no question is a silly one – and I will go the extra mile to help with all those tricky jobs. Behind the scenes, you will usually find me proofreading emails and tying up loose ends in the office.

This is how I can help you:

Looking after the business financials is my number one focus, along with supporting Willie with the business and assisting the team with day-to-day matters. Having spent 15 years in the industry I enjoy helping our customers and love the team when we have.

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Shane Elia

Yard Manager
This is who I am:

A descendant from ancient Greece, I somehow ended up in West Auckland on the family dairy farm.  Some people refer to me as the Hairy Greek,  but I prefer to be known as the cool dude,  Shaneo , or anything really, I am not easily offended,  and you can always buy my friendship with a Magnum icecream.   After years of racing cars, motorbikes, and running my own automotive business in Auckland I moved to Tauranga with my wife and daughter and jumped at the job with A1 Containers.

This is what I do:

I get to work out in the yard all day, repairing, welding, cleaning, grinding, looking after all the lease containers that come back into the yard for re-hire, and making sure the new containers are good to go for sale.  It’s a great job, outside in the sun and tinkering away in the workshop is definitely my happy place.

This is how I can help you:

I will be getting your containers down out of the stack and making sure that the one you ordered and paid for is the one you get delivered to your site.   I’ll be liaising with the team to make sure everything is in order and good to go for whatever you may need in your container purchase or hire.   If you need any advice around container modification,  we have seen it all so pop into our Tauranga branch and come have a chat.

Elsie Taitapanui

Accounts
This is who I am:  

I am the crazy South African Lady in the office that drives everyone up the walls. I love to entertain people and have a good wine or something stronger now and then.  Keeping me busy outside of work are my three daughters and 5 mischievous doggies.  You can find me outside in the garden as my biggest love besides my husband is rare NZ plants.  I spend a lot of my spare time propagating and looking after my own collection and tending to my garden.  

This is what I do:  

Looking after all things financial from accounts payable, receivable through to hiring, de-hiring, and giving a helping hand to the sales team, I am across it all!  If you are one of our hire fleet customers, then it is very likely you will hear from me on more than one occasion. With more than 15years of experience in the Shipping Container industry, no question or requirement is too hard to handle, my knowledge gives me the ability to assist you with any of your container questions you may have.   

This is how I can help you:  

If you have questions regarding invoices, hire agreement contracts or you’re ready to De-Hire your Shipping Container give me a call, I will make this process as smooth as possible.  I am located in the lovely Bay of Plenty Tauranga office, don’t be shy If you want to chat about some ideas that relate to containers configurations and what you can actually do with them, I have seen all sorts through my time and am only too happy to share.  Give me a call.   

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Willie Dustin

Managing Director
This is who I am:

Growing up in Central Otago as a teenager, working on local stations, my love was to be a shepherd, but I somehow ended up back in the North Island driving trucks at the age of 18. Transport seemed to be the new career path for me so I went on to manage a transport depot in Hastings the managing a rental and lease fleet of heavy vehicles in Hawkes Bay. Meeting Heidi a local Napier girl, we married and had two great kids (now teenagers). Taking a leap of faith in 2010, Heidi and I sold our home in Napier and moved the family to Tauranga.  We had made the decision to invest every last cent we had into ourselves and brought A1 Containers in Tauranga. In 2018 we moved back home to Napier and opened our second Head Office Depot in Prebensen Drive, nowadays my flock of containers doesn’t seem to move about as the Merino’s do and the tractors don’t look like tractors should, the hills are nonexistent but as you will see on social media, I still find my way to the mountains to spook the odd deer.

This is what I do:

Jack of all trades but a master of none.  I spend most of my working days wondering where the day went, we have a fantastic team at A1 Containers who allow me to look busy while they are doing all the great work.  A1 Containers is my family and my focus.  You will see me in both our Head offices, Napier & Tauranga splitting my time between both branches, we have built the business based on excellent customer service and high-quality Shipping containers

This is how I can help you:

Nowadays I work away in the background, working on the business and assisting the team. With many hats to wear, my two key focuses are one, the team, and that they have the tools, information, and a fun environment to help our customers to the best of their ability, Secondly, the procurement of quality containers.

We pride ourselves on over grading our containers making sure what we sell is graded correctly and the best available. Finding these containers in this industry is a real challenge, I put a lot of pressure back on our suppliers to honor what they are selling to us so we can have the best containers available for our customers.

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