Instructors

Training Course Instructors

Rick Lunn I am from the UK and have been in NZ since 1996. At present I am the Manager of Modern Apprenticeships at the Regent Training Centre Ltd in Whangarei.I am also an advanced Trade Collision Repair Technician, a MITO Registered Assessor and the World Skills NZ National Skill Expert for Autobody Repair.I am married with two Kiwi boys, and my interests include new vehicle technology, teaching, soccer and building things!!

Robert Renwick The Collision Repair Industry has been my passion since commencing an apprenticeship in the early 1960’s in Hamilton. I later owned and operated a collision repair facility in Hamilton and still reside in the same city. Through my heavy involvement over the past years with the CRA and MITO, I am fortunate to have visited many repair facilities throughout NZ, this has enabled me to get a first hand insight of the training needs required for both apprentice and senior personnel.In 1987 I was one of the inaugural team who trained at I-CAR USA and since then always played an active role with I-CAR NZ, first as a volunteer then NZ manager and currently as technical research advisor developing courses for new vehicle model specific I-CAR NZ programmes.

Andy Trumper I have been in the Collision Repair industry since I left school in the late 80s. I started my apprenticeship in North Canterbury and moved to Christchurch after 3 years to complete my final year.I was successful in gaining my A Grade and Trade Certificate in Panelbeating and Trade Certificate in Automotive Refinishing. After being involved in a Motorbike accident I changed my career path in 1999 and joined the education sector, 7 years at the Southern Institute of Technology in Christchurch and then 8 years at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. I have also completed my Adult Teaching Certificate and am now working towards my Diploma in adult teaching.

I am now the South Island Territory Manager for ABE (Auto Body Equipment Ltd).

My spare time is spent with my 2 children or out on my Mountain bike enjoying this countries wonderful trails. Working with I-CAR NZ would have to be one of the highlights of my continuing career, I look forward to learning about new and exciting technology and having the opportunity to pass that experience on to others.

Mark Whittaker Mark started his career in the automotive industry in 1982. Initially training as a Mechanic in a suburban Ford dealer, Mark then worked for a BMW dealer, primarily as an Auto Electrician. His interest in motorsport and electronics led him to work as a motorsport engineer specialising in the reprogramming of automotive computers and competition engine development.A decade with Toyota New Zealand saw many roles from Technical Engineer, Technical trainer, Signature Class Production Manager to eventually becoming Lexus Manager and gaining significant real world experience in a sales environment. As a trainer for Toyota New Zealand he facilitated not only technical courses but also Induction courses, Customer Handling Skills, TQM and Service Advisor programs.

Five years as combined Service Business Development Manager and National Service Manager with Honda New Zealand, saw the creation and development of a new online customer appointment system and the introduction of numerous new business initiatives, alongside responsibility for the National Service Team and Dealer Aftersales network.

Mark now works primarily as a Training Consultant and facilitator covering many areas in the Automotive industry from Aftersales Training to programs for the Collision Repair industry to specialist advanced driver training. Running your own company means you really have to practice what you preach, as it encompasses every role from sales and marketing to design and delivery and financials.Marks wide ranging experience in the Automotive Industry means he can bring a wealth of experience and his signature practicality to any training program.

Wayne Houghton Based in Christchurch I am currently working as an industry consultant managing the Axalta Coating Systems ‘Axalta Services’ programme for New Zealand and working with Standox, Cromax and Spies Hecker end users.  I started out in a small suburban panelshop as an apprentice panelbeater in the early 80’s and went on to owning that business 7 years later. I have been heavily involved with the CRA for many years from a branch level to the position as National Chairman.Throughout this time and after 28 years as a business owner I have seen many changes in vehicle technology and understand the difficulties in keeping pace with the rapid changes in repair requirements. I am passionate about industry education and enjoy working with businesses and individuals in their drive for continual improvement.  I am currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for I-CAR New Zealand.

I enjoy keeping fit and I’m a mad keen mountain biker and road cyclist with any spare time spent out on the local trails or on the bumpy Christchurch roads.  I also enjoy playing golf and riding my horse.

Marty Lane Canterbury born and raised and happily parochial, my time as an I-CAR instructor has been an ongoing character building experience that has enabled me to see so much of regional New Zealand. I have been involved in the auto body industry for more than 38 years as an auto body technician and have previously been a panel shop owner, shop manager, part time and full time tutor with both CPIT and SIT institutes and a motor assessor for two insurers. I have also had the honour to have been engaged in the writing of a unit standard in the MITO A-Tech programme several years ago. My wife and I returned to New Zealand earlier this year from a 12 month career challenge in Melbourne, where I was engaged as a technical specialist with a multi-national claim services and loss adjusters company. Based on the experiences and industry expertise gained, we have created a small business enterprise that specialises in on-job apprenticeship and staff training, estimating and technical reporting.
My pastimes/ hobbies / interests include motorcycling racing, cycling, tennis and the design and fabrication of components in composites, metals and fibreglass. Between us, we have four grown up children and an ongoing desire to see as much of the world as possible.

I am extremely pleased to be able to continue my involvement with I-CAR and stay aboard the roller coaster ride that epitomises the industry today and into the future.

Alan Le Noel I left school at 16 to take up an apprenticeship in Panelbeating. Once completed and having gained my Trade Certificate I moved to Auckland where I worked on the floor for a couple of shops before getting the opportunity to manage Auckland Panel and Paints city shop. I worked for Rex for eight years before taking the plunge and going it on my own. I now have five sites under the Hauraki Panel and Paint umbrella. I am also the current Chairman of the CRA. I sat my first I-CAR course back in 1997 and saw then the value that I-CAR can deliver to our technician’s and managers alike. I enjoy teaching and passing on knowledge that I have gained and learnt from others and see teaching I-CAR courses as a way of giving back to an industry that I am passionate about and that has given so much to me. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys and maybe a spot of fishing and diving.

 

Welding Administrators

 

Allan Arnold I have worked in the collision repair industry since leaving school in 1964. In 2003 I closed my Titahi Bay Panel and Paint shop after 30 years of business. During that time I was an active executive member of the Wellington branch of the CRA. With a special and continuing interest in industry training.As well as supervising I-CAR welding tests, I keep myself busy with short term panelshop management. When there is spare time I enjoy fishing in Cook Strait, spending time at the family rural block in the Wairarapa and just enjoying time with my wife and family.

Richie Brady I am a panelbeater by trade and completed my time with Gary Hyde Panelbeaters in Takanini. I spent 13 years as a lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology teaching in the vehicle trades, predominantly panelbeating and welding. Throughout this time I had close contact with the collision repair industry. I am an I-CAR NZ structural weld instructor, this is a role I enjoy as it is a great opportunity to keep in touch with others and advances in the industry. My leisure time is divided between family, fishing and the garden.

Don Houghton I reside in Ashburton and am a retired engineer. Having had my own heating and ventilating business for 10 years, I then worked as an engineer in a frozen food factory, in a freezing works and a bus building factory as a foreman. In my free time I enjoy walking our dogs, playing golf, pool, snooker and billiards.For 5 years I have derived a lot of pleasure meeting the candidates and conducting the weld testing. I hope my knowledge (when needed), assists any new candidates to pass these tests.

Rick Lunn I am from the UK and have been in NZ since 1996. At present I am the Manager of Modern Apprenticeships at the Regent Training Centre Ltd in Whangarei.I am also an advanced Trade Collision Repair Technician, a MITO Registered Assessor and the World Skills NZ National Skill Expert for Autobody Repair.I am married with two Kiwi boys, and my interests include new vehicle technology, teaching, soccer and building things!!

Walter Zuber After being in business for 29 years and employing 10 staff, I opted for a quieter lifestyle and sold our business in 2006. I am also Membership Liaison Officer for the CRA so the two jobs seem to suit my present lifestyle. I enjoy travelling around the country meeting fellow colleagues and hopefully sharing some of my knowledge and expertise in the welding field.When I am not working, I enjoy spending time on my boat fishing or relaxing at our bach in Whitianga. I am also an avid rugby supporter, in particular following the Waikato and Chiefs teams. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Europe in 2007 and go to some of the World Cup games.

Warren Burns I have been in the Panel Industry for forty years plus, and been in my own business for the past twenty two years. I have also served as a Rugby referee actively for thirty years. I enjoy the great outdoors, rugby, fishing, hunting, boating and diving.

Duncan Morrison Based in Auckland and has been working in the collision repair industry for 35 years. Currently he works as a Vehicle Certifier for NZTA and also assists a few local repairers with workshop relief management. Previously he owned his own business in Manukau City. Like most repairers of his generation he has experienced the huge changes in expectation, quality and performance in our industry and most important the steep climb in the technology curve.

He believes that relevant industry specific training and support is the only way we can all stay in touch in this fast changing environment of collision repair. From his experience he sees I-CAR as the only organisation in touch with the needs of the repair industry.

Duncan is married and spends his spare time sailing, golfing and fishing.

Andy Trumper I have been in the Collision Repair industry since I left school in the late 80s. I started my apprenticeship in North Canterbury and moved to Christchurch after 3 years to complete my final year.I was successful in gaining my A Grade and Trade Certificate in Panelbeating and Trade Certificate in Automotive Refinishing. After being involved in a Motorbike accident I changed my career path in 1999 and joined the education sector, 7 years at the Southern Institute of Technology in Christchurch and then 8 years at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. I have also completed my Adult Teaching Certificate and am now working towards my Diploma in adult teaching.

I am now the South Island Territory Manager for ABE (Auto Body Equipment Ltd).

My spare time is spent with my 2 children or out on my Mountain bike enjoying this countries wonderful trails. Working with I-CAR NZ would have to be one of the highlights of my continuing career, I look forward to learning about new and exciting technology and having the opportunity to pass that experience on to others.

Marty Lane Canterbury born and raised and happily parochial, my time as an I-CAR instructor has been an ongoing character building experience that has enabled me to see so much of regional New Zealand. I have been involved in the auto body industry for more than 38 years as an auto body technician and have previously been a panel shop owner, shop manager, part time and full time tutor with both CPIT and SIT institutes and a motor assessor for two insurers. I have also had the honour to have been engaged in the writing of a unit standard in the MITO A-Tech programme several years ago. My wife and I returned to New Zealand earlier this year from a 12 month career challenge in Melbourne, where I was engaged as a technical specialist with a multi-national claim services and loss adjusters company. Based on the experiences and industry expertise gained, we have created a small business enterprise that specialises in on-job apprenticeship and staff training, estimating and technical reporting.
My pastimes/ hobbies / interests include motorcycling racing, cycling, tennis and the design and fabrication of components in composites, metals and fibreglass. Between us, we have four grown up children and an ongoing desire to see as much of the world as possible.

I am extremely pleased to be able to continue my involvement with I-CAR and stay aboard the roller coaster ride that epitomises the industry today and into the future.