Hi, I’m Richard Vetter, Owner/Manager of Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding in Whitianga.
After initially starting out as a management trainee with Lion Breweries in Wellington, I was lured across the Tasman to join my brother-in-law to learn about waterproofing. I spent time as a labourer, and then set up a roofing company in Sydney and spent eight (8) years carrying out a variety of waterproofing services including membrane roofing on high-rise buildings, lift wells, pond liners, torch-on membranes and the re-coating of buildings around Sydney which often required us to be harnessed in swinging cages dangling down the sides of high rise buildings!
It was during this time in Sydney where I met my wife Diane, and courted her through many weekend jobs where she worked alongside me learning the ins and outs of waterproofing – often being referred to as ‘the young lad’.
We moved to Wellington in 1992 after my father passed away suddenly and I continued to contract my waterproofing services in and around the Wellington area. The unreliable Wellington weather was the catalyst that prompted me to learn to install metal roofing tiles and I spent four (4) years contracting to Harvey Roofing in Wellington installing metal roofs manufactured by AHI Roofing.
AHI Roofing approached me in 1996 to relocate to the Coromandel Peninsula and take on the distributorship for their products - I haven’t looked back since! Over the years Peninsula Roofing have become agents and licenced applicators for a large range of roofing and waterproofing products. I believe that every customer should enjoy their building or renovating experience and endeavour to ensure that they get the products, information, options and services that are best for them.
To ensure that I can deliver this experience to our customers, I am passionate about our staff receiving on-going training opportunities so that they are always improving themselves and are aware of current building trends and products. I am proud of the fact that all our roofers who are Licenced Building Practitioners are Qualified Practitioners - this shows they hold a NZQA recognised National Certificate in Roofing covering most roofing strands.
Diane Vetter – Owner/Financial Controller
Grant Haycock - Assistant Manager/Roofing Supervisor
Grant joined Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding in 2014 as our Assistant Manager and is also our Roofing Supervisor. Grant is responsible for the day-to-day running of the roofing side of our operation; from communicating with customers, measuring and ordering roofs, allocating staff to jobs and following up on jobs after we have finished to maintain quality control. With a background as a builder, Grant is often found up on the roofs carrying out installation work as well!
Mark Longstaff - Scaffolding Operations Manager
Mike Reihana - Customer Services Representative
Mike joined us in March 2018 as our new Customer Services Representative. Mike will be visiting our existing clients and calling on prospective new clients during his travels around the Coromandel Peninsula. With a background in the building industry; having worked as a builder, aluminium joiner and also in a building product supply company, Mike has a good knowledge of building and will be available for all your roofing, spouting, fencing and scaffolding enquiries.
Andrea Brown - Office Administrator
Richard Kidd - Sheet Metal Fabricator
Richard (not to be confused with "the boss" Richard)works out in our factory area operating the 6 metre long folding machine. He can manufacture flashings, guttering, chimney or parapet caps and roof ridges. Richard is up for the challenge of folding anything else our customers request using our stock of 0.55 gauge sheet metal in colorsteel colours along with 0.70 and 0.90 gauge aluminium and copper.
Diane Collins - Quantity Surveyor
Diane joined Peninsula Roofing and Scaffolding as our part time receptionist in 2004. Since then, Diane's position quickly became full time and she is now our Quantity Surveyor. Diane is able to calculate the quantity of materials required together with the most appropriate products available for your job. Diane can give you both price and product options complete with their respective warranty specifications applicable to your building site.
Jan Peart - Receptionist/Secretary
Jan joined Peninsula roofing and Scaffolding in 2006 as our receptionist when she and her husband moved to live permanently on the Coromandel Peninsula. Jan is the smiley face you see when you walk into our office and the friendly, unflappable voice at the end of the phone. Jan handles all the day-to-day enquiries together with the demands of being Richard's Personal Assistant/Secretary.
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