Our People

John van Opzeeland - Manager

Marianne Wright - Administration and Finance Manager

Scott Kaynes - Transport Operations Manager

Craig Potter - Distribution Operations Manager

Angus Pene - Auckland Operations Supervisor

Grant Hamilton - Fleet Supervisor

Richard Win - Transport Operations Supervisor - Inter Island

Kevin Norton - Transport Operations Supervisor - South Island

Terry Woodward - Transport Operations Supervisor - Christchurch Metro

Rob Apiti - Site Supervisor

Merv Taylor - Distribution Supervisor

Leeanne Anderson - Administration Supervisor

Manager

John van Opzeeland
DDI 03 344 4098
john@opzeeland.co.nz

John began working fulltime for Opzeeland at the age of 16 driving and operating trucks around Christchurch.  After putting in the hard yards on the front line he took over the management of the business several years ago from his father Cor.  John has seen substantial growth of the business amidst significant change in the industry over the last 42 years and while he enjoys all aspects of the business and getting out amongst the trucks and stores his current focus is responsibility for 65 staff and the day to day running of Opzeeland Transport.  Outside work John enjoys cycling, multisport, water sports and almost anything else outdoors. He lives in Christchurch with his wife Cheryl and has three adult children.

John van Opzeeland

Administration and Finance Manager

Marianne Wright
DDI 03 344 4091
marianne@opzeeland.co.nz

As a van Opzeeland, Marianne has been involved in the business for most of her life and full time since 1980.  In the early days her role was often sole charge at the depot, multitasking at administration, operations and forklift driving.  These days Marianne is one of the two working directors contributing to the running of the business including overseeing Finance and Administration.  Marianne regularly works out at a gym, tries to fit in a little cycling, likes to travel and shares an interest with her husband, Warwick, in classic and special cars.

Marianne Wright

Transport Operations Manager

Scott Kaynes
DDI 03 344 4097
scott@opzeeland.co.nz

Scott came to Opzeeland in 1991 after many years' experience in the transport industry.  He started as a driver and moved on to South Island Operations Supervisor and then to the company's Transport Operations Manager in 2004.  Scott has a vast knowledge of our customers operations and needs and strives to provide them with the ‘Opzeeland' quality service they have grown to expect.  Outside work Scott's interests are his family and sports and living on a lifestyle block means there is always work to do at the weekends.

Scott

Distribution Operations Manager

Craig Potter
DDI 03 344 3980
craig@opzeeland.co.nz

In 2012 Craig moved to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, where he had over 11 years' experience in the warehousing and transport industries. On arriving in New Zealand he worked for Fonterra, managing their Distribution Centres in Hamilton. Craig joined Opzeeland in 2014 as the Distribution Operations Manager where he manages the day to day running of the warehouse team on-site, manages customer relationships and works closely with the Opzeeland team to ensure that everything is done to be the best at what they do. Outside of work Craig enjoys playing football and golf, enjoys travelling and with his wife Camilla and family, and enjoys the amazing lifestyle that New Zealand offers.

Coming Soon

Auckland Operations Supervisor

Angus Pene
DDI 09 252 0135
auckland@opzeeland.co.nz

Photo and description coming soon.                                                      .


Fleet Supervisor

Grant Hamilton
DDI 03 344 3986
grant@opzeeland.co.nz

Grant joined Opzeeland Transport in 2012, bringing 26 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in the Transport Industry, from metro driver through to Operations Manager. Grant's role is to keep the fleet the best it can be, helping to keep the drivers and all road users as safe as possible. Outside of work Grant is restoring a classic car, and he and his partner are both keen gardeners.


Transport Operations Supervisor - Inter Island

Richard Win
DDI 03 344 4095
interisland@opzeeland.co.nz

Richard started with Opzeeland Transport in 1997 after relocating from Wellington. His role at that time was operating one of our vehicles on the North Island run before departing for work in Western Australia. Richard return to Opzeeland Transport in 2013 to take up his current position. Richard enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children, playing the odd game of golf, and supporting any Wellington rugby team - especially when playing Canterbury.


Transport Operations Supervisor - South Island

Kevin Norton
DDI 03 344 4092
kevin@opzeeland.co.nz

With a rural back ground Kevin came to Opzeeland after 10 years in the rural transport sector. He has now completed 18 years with Opzeeland, initially as a heavy vehicle driver for 12 years travelling the South Island roads. These initial years equipped him with the knowledge and experience to move into his current role of Transport Operations Supervisor organising and controlling our South Island team. Outside work Kevin enjoys his lifestyle farm, playing golden oldies rugby and supporting his three children.


Transport Operations Supervisor - Christchurch Metro

Terry Woodward
DDI 03 344 4093
christchurch@opzeeland.co.nz

Terry has transport in his blood. He was an owner driver for a large freight company for over 18 years, before moving to container work and operating a swing lift. After a further 14 years Terry decided it was time to hang up his keys. Terry joined Opzeeland Transport on the Operations side and enjoys the contact with clients. Outside of work Terry has a wife and two adult sons who keep him on his toes. When the weather permits he likes to hit the road on his motor cycle and also enjoys gardening, having been recognised with City Council gardening awards.


Site Supervisor

Rob Apiti
DDI 03 344 4094
containers@opzeeland.co.nz

Rob joined Opzeeland Transport in 2006 as a metro driver. While he has enjoyed the time being on the road, Rob has now taken on the position of Site Operations Supervisor, and is enjoying the challenges this position offers. In his spare time he likes spending time with his wife and two children, is a keen mountain biker and enjoys a range of outdoor activities. Rob is an avid league supporter of the local Hornby Panthers and New Zealand Warriors.


Distribution Supervisor

Merv Taylor
DDI (03) 344 4099
merv@opzeeland.co.nz

Merv came from a Dairy Company background to join Opzeeland Transport over 30 years ago. He has a keen interest in regulations and audit processes and he enjoys the interaction between the office and the warehouse floor.  Merv has a sporting background in cricket and rugby, and enjoys the competitive nature of these sports.  A very active Indoor cricketer he also has a heart for those less fortunate, having spent time in Africa and also doing ongoing work within the Mental Health field.

Merv

Administration Supervisor

Leeanne Anderson
DDI 03 344 3981
leeanne@opzeeland.co.nz

Transport seems to be in Leeanne's blood, she grew up around it and all her employment has had an involvement in the industry.  Leeanne has spent over 12 years at Opzeeland in various administration roles and now oversees the day to day running of the administration team. Human Resource Management is of particular interest to Leeanne and she hopes to complete further studies in this area.  Involvement and providing support to her two children in their many sporting activities keeps her busy when not at work and one day she hopes to travel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leanne