Meet the team

Established in 1905 and still run by the Nimon family today, at over 100 years old, Nimon and Sons is believed to be the oldest established passenger service operation under continuous private ownership in New Zealand.

Nimon and Sons Managing Director, Bill Nimon, and Transport Manager Garth Nimon are both 4th generation Nimon family members to manage the business. Bill and Garth understand the need for outstanding customer service, comfort and safety in the supply of passenger transport services.

Our team of exceptional coach and school bus drivers that represent our company on the road throughout New Zealand are professional, personable and they love their job. Whether it’s collecting your children from school or a group of cruise passengers, conference delegates or wedding guests, our professional drivers are experienced, NZQA-qualified and hold current first aid certificates so you know you’re always in safe hands.

 

Bill Nimon

Managing Director

Bill is the 4th generation of the Nimon family to run the business.  Living and breathing transport, Bill knows all there is to know about Buses and Transportation.  He also understands the concept of customer service and giving back to the community.  As a long time sponsor of the Hawke’s Bay Magpies (local Rugby team) and huge supporter of sport, schools and the local community Bill and the Nimon family are a well-known and respected Hawke’s Bay family. 

Sue Nimon

Administration Manager

Sue, our Office Manager, is born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and married Bill Nimon in 1987. She has worked for the company in various capacities since 1995, from 2002 managing the office and accounts department ensuring what you expect is what you get from us. She works alongside Bill as Managing Director and Ian as Operations Manager to ensure costs are competitive and quality service is provided from start to finish.

Garth Nimon

Transport Manager

Garth has worked in the transport industry since 1986, and for Nimon and Sons since 2006. Garth is a man of many hats. He is a company director of Nimon and Sons, one of the 4th generation Nimon family and is currently the Transport Manager. Garth understands the need for comfort and safety in the supply of passenger transport services. Garth really enjoys interaction with people of all ages and looks forward to helping people with their transport requirements. If you need to know anything about school runs, Garth is your man.

Pete Patterson

General Manager

Pete joined Nimon and Sons in December 2004, having previously managed Auckland Sky Tower and training teams in a US-owned customer care company. 20 years in the NZ Army equipped Pete for fast-paced decision-making, and building loyalty and teamwork.  Pete is also not afraid to get behind the wheel when needed, and will ensure our high quality assurance standards are met.

“My aim is to ensure Nimon and Sons is the “employer of choice” when people are seeking a new job in Hawkes Bay and Taupo. New employees are attracted to our workplace by observing happy professionals in action.” Chocolate fish also help.

Ian Hughes

Operation Manager

Ian has extensive bus & coach industry and transportation experience. Starting out in the trucking industry  he made the move to tourism and buses after being a tourist himself on his big OE in the mid 80’s with Elite Tours, Guthreys Coachlines followed by 16 years with Newlands Coach Service were he honed his skills and passion for tourism and in particular the cruise ship industry. After a short stint working for VIP Transport as a controller for the Governments Limousine Service to Operations Manager at Nimon and Sons in 2005, Ian has built close links with tour agents, cruise lines, tourism ventures and Hawke’s Bay/Taupo attractions. His knowledge of New Zealand is extensive and we encourage you to stretch his and the booking (or Charter) team’s imagination when it comes to ‘out of the box’ and unique tours.

Katie Nimon

Marketing Manager

Katie is the 5th generation of the Nimon family to work within the business. Katie has recently returned from Auckland where she worked for 2 years in the Advertising industry.

She is passionate about the company's long history, and preserving its reputation within the district. Having worked for Nimon and Sons on and off since the age of 14, Katie has had experience in many different areas of the business.

After studying Advertising and Marketing at Massey University, she knew her place was in marketing and brand management. When Katie isn't in the office, she is at Napier Port welcoming the cruise passengers to Hawke's Bay, and managing the tour and shuttle fleet. 

Kay Hill

Taupo Depot Manager

Kay meets the needs of our customers in the Great Lake Taupo District, ensuring the right buses and drivers are assigned on time, every time. Taupo is a relatively new depot and was developed after we recognised a shortfall of good quality, safe and reliable vehicles in that region. The region now sees Nimon buses on a number of school runs, corporate charters and golf tours. Although you won’t see Kay behind the wheel very often, it does happen! She’ll drop everything if there’s an issue, urgent job or other crisis to ensure you get your students, clients or delegates to and from your destinations.

Warren Magon

Workshop Manager

Warren brings over 35 years of mechanical experience to Nimon and Sons and has been with the company for nearly 20 years.  As Workshop Manager Warren takes pride in the fact our fleet of coaches are well maintained and are in a safe condition prior to signing off any work.  This pride and experience has resulted in our fleet being awarded a 5 Star Fleet Rating with NZTA (New Zealand Transport Authority).  Along with daily workshop management Warren looks after our comprehensive parts store, ensuring we have the right part for your vehicle so if you want your company fleet or private vehicle maintained by a team who know vehicles big and small touch base with Warren.

Scott Wilson

Panel & Paint Supervisor

Scotty has spent many a year fixing dings, bumps or bringing back to life old faded paint jobs. His team and facilities are second to none. With a huge workshop area and an extra-large 19m heated paint booth, they can paint almost anything - from limited edition Harley Davidson motorcycles to 25m trucks and trailers.

Anne Bethel

Receptionist

Anne is another born and bred Hawke’s Bay girl, married with 2 daughters.   Educated in Central Hawkes Bay started her working career in an Accountancy firm followed by the Supermarket Industry. 

Anne has been with Nimons for 10 ½ years as the first point of contact at reception.  Her work involves a varied range of administration duties from cash handling to phone enquiries.  Being a people person Anne especially enjoys the regular contacts made over the years with many parents in arranging their children’s school bus tickets.  The annual “Mission Concert” in Hawke’s Bay has become a project of Anne’s arranging transport for a large number of concert goers.  This is a challenging and rewarding project which Anne thoroughly enjoys applying her energy to.

Hayley Paewhenua

Event Consultant

Hayley joined the team in 2015 after graduating from EIT with a diploma in tourism. She is passionate about the tourism industry and has a particular interest in event management. She has worked for Orton Catering and Pacifica Restaurant, giving her an inside look into the Hawke's Bay functions and events sector. 

Hayley is a farm girl at heart. Before her transition into tourism and events, she worked in the shearing sheds for five years. She has two smiley young children.

As part of the charter team, Hayley responds to quotes and bookings, working closely with the School Boarder runs and the Fruit Picker runs. She is also your go to for all concerts and events in the Bay.

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Our charter service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can pick-up from anywhere in the country.

Our drivers are experienced, professional and NZQA-qualified. If you have a favourite driver in mind, feel free to make a request.

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