SANDSPIT, WARKWORTH     Phone: 09 425 8811     Fax: 09 425 8180




Greg Lees – Director
Greg has a lifetime of experience, having grown up in the business under the guidance of Tim Lees, his father, and taking over the running and growing the business since 1992. Greg is a qualified boatbuilder, holds a current Hazardous Materials Handling Certificate, First Aid Certificate and a Local Launch Ticket.
Dale Collins – Foreman
Dale has 25 years boatbuilding experience and is in charge of work in progress. He has an exceptional ability to see through problems and the depth of experience to undertake the management of repairs. Whenever he is required to do a job, he just gets on and does it – no fuss, no drama, it just gets done. Dale runs Karewa and is primary skipper of the tugboat. He always exercises prudent seamanship from his experience as a commercial operator. Dale has the old fashioned Kiwi ability to fix anything – with a sound and tradesmanlike ability. All our spray painting is handled by Dale, who is recognized as the leading spray painter in the area.
Coll Bell - Consultant
Coll has a wide range of experience in the boatbuilding industry, spanning 35 years. As a result of this he has a practical and logical approach to problem solving, as well as an inventive nature which allows him to focus on efficient paths to overcome some of the difficult problems often found in dealing with boats. Coll also has extremely comprehensive knowledge of ferro-cement boats.

Russell Brown - Apprentice Boatbuilder
Russell joined the team in January 2009 and has proved to be a valuable team member, showing remarkable aptitude and enthusiasm in all aspects of his work and study. Russell has designed and built his own Sharpie that has proved a success.
Brian Thompson – Master Craftsman, Senior Boatbuilder and Tradesman
Brian has been with the company for 30 years. He began his trade as a Cabinetmaker and then worked for Max Carter in Auckland. Brian is one of the best Boatbuilder/Joiners to have worked with us and easily the most experienced timber worker we’ve ever had. Customers come back year after year to have Brian work on their boats.
Warwick Leslie - Subcontractor
Warwick is a qualified boat builder, a skilled woodworker and produces magnificent half models, often to order or for his own pleasure. Warwick is passionate about boats, he has a strong background in sailing with offshore delivery trips under his belt. He is a keen surfie which keeps him fit. Whilst not full time with Lees he contracts for specific projects and is always a welcome addition, fitting well into our team.
David McKenzie - Subcontractor
David also has a lifetime of experience in boating, both power and sail. David comes from a commercial background and has completed boatbuilding at technical college. David works well with the team and competently on his own with an insite to grasp concepts and complete all work with practical thoroughness.
Tim Clissold - Subcontractor
From time to time we work closely with Tim Clissold. Tim is a well known local Yacht Designer and Boatbuilder with a wealth of boatbuilding and sailing knowledge and experience. Read more about Tim's background, designs and experiences on the TC Design website. For more info click here
Angela Still – Administrator
Angela is based in the office and provides administration support to the team (ie keeps the boys in line). Being an outdoors person she thoroughly enjoys the environment at Lees Boatbuilders.