For the last 30 years Naenae Mowers & Cycle Repairs has been one of the go-to places in the Hutt Valley to get your lawn mowers, bikes and a whole lot more repaired. We popped in to have a chat to Tony and Gareth White, the father and son team that runs the show.
Tony started Naenae Mowers & Cycle Repairs in 1989 and set up shop at 25 Everest Street where the old bank was. As a Christian man Tony’s original dream was to set up a welcoming space where the community of Naenae could come for advice, to pray with him or just for a chat. A good friend suggested that he set up a shop to give him this base and to then spread the word to people of all walks of life to stop in anytime. Tony was then donated tools and all sorts and Naenae Mowers & Cycle Repairs was born.
Since 1989 they’ve moved to their current location on Treadwell Street. Gareth started working in the business immediately after finishing school, and last year took over the business from his father. Gareth is not a Christian man but people still know it is a place they can stop in for a chat and he welcomes them.
“We do all sorts of stuff here”, he told us. “And we’ll give anything a go that needs fixing. If it’s got a motor or needs welding, we’ll give it a go.”
Over the years they’ve fixed everything from mowers and concrete cutters to mini bikes and even some goal posts for Hutt International Boys School a few years ago.
“Someone even once came in with a vacuum cleaner, but we don’t really fix those.”
Since then Tony and Gareth have also added key cutting as a service, and are helping people by servicing their chainsaws too.
After running for 30 years, the business has established itself as a trustworthy and reliable place to get your repairs done but to also come in and know there is a friendly face waiting for you if ever you are in need.
“We have people coming from all over; from Wainui, Porirua, Tawa and even Levin. We’ve even had someone come all the way from Taranaki. We have a good rapport with people. We don’t rip them off and we do a good job, so people keep coming back.”
You can find Naenae Mowers & Cycle Repairs at 51 Treadwell St, Naenae.