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Our friendly team

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

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

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.

Ricky Clark

General Manager
This is who I am:

After graduating from Uni with a degree in business major in accounting, I have worked  and relocated between Hamilton and Auckland and back again in varied roles as a  storeman, sales manager, national key accounts, and line haul/operations.  More recently came the opportunity in Tauranga as Branch Manager for a transport company were I spent three years learning how the business operates, which has led me into the position as General Manager here at A1 Containers as of April 2022.  Outside of work, I use to play a lot of sport and My wife Leah and I have two little girls with another on the way due in August of 2022.

This is what I do:

Managing all aspects of the business on a day to day basis allows me to be able to provide leadership and guidance to the sales team while managing the operational functions of A1 Containers to ensure our customers continue to experience the high level of customer service we provide, along with managing the transport division and the fourteen container depots across the North and South Island.

This is how I can help you:

If you are in the market to purchase, hire or relocate a shipping container you are in capable hands when you give our team at A1 Containers a call, we are only too happy to assist with your enquiry and have the knowledge and experience that beat the rest.

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Rebecca Chatham

Sales & Marketing Executive 
This is who I am:

A fun energetic 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 super villain 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 if 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 pick up 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 can assure you any member of our team can provide you with their combined knowledge and friendly service.

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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 ice cream.   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 15 years 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, to 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:

 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 honour what they are selling to us, so we can have the best containers available for our customers.

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