Back to top

Connecting and growing our communities.

Even at the weekend he's working on motors!

Lance Maxwell canva


GROWING up in rural Wairoa, Lance Maxwell would drive his parents nuts by dismantling any engine he could get his hands on and leaving parts lying around as he worked to put them back together.

“But I never thought about doing it for a job,” he says. “When I was at Wairoa College I thought you could go into forestry or the meatworks, and that was it.”

Having followed the traditional path, Lance (32) got some skills and was working as a butcher in Frasertown when he heard Quality Roading and Services had an opening for an apprenticeship mechanic.

“I just thought it looked like a huge opportunity and they took me on,” he says. “It's amazing to be doing something I always wanted to do.”

Having gone through his apprenticeship, Lance qualified at the end of 2018 as a mechanic and, with the rest of the workshop team, maintains and repairs everything from the smallest weedeater to 30-tonne diggers “and everything in between”. Since the apprenticeship, Lance has also finished his level 4 first line management qualification.

“QRS has been so supportive right through my training,” he says. “Now I not only have a way of supporting my family, but have a qualification doing something I absolutely love.”

When he's not at work, Lance follows his passion for Mazda rotary engine cars, of which he owns two.

“So even at the weekend, I am working on motors,” he says. Watch his story

5 May 2021

Back to News archive

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. My strength is not mine alone, it is the strength of many.

Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa) Limited - Copyright © 2023

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© - / +64 6 838 9030 /