Warkworth Toyota is a family-owned and run business. The owners of the Whitaker Road showroom and service centre have run the franchise since 2015. It’s part of the Albany Toyota franchise, which they have owned since 1991, with service centres in Browns Bay and Whangaparaoa.
The director and company founder is Andrew Mackenzie and the chief executive is his son, Haydn. Andrew’s wife Julie is a director and daughter Shenae works in administration. Haydn’s partner, Chiara Soons, is the marketing manager.
Andrew says their aim is to provide a ‘one stop’ experience for Toyota cars along with servicing, WOFs, parts and accessories, finance, leasing, extended warranties, vehicle insurance and service plans.
How do you choose who to support?
We endeavour to support a cross-section of the community and our group currently supports the following: Life Education North Shore, Literacy North Shore/Warkworth, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Hospice, AIMES Awards – North Harbour Club, Tennis Northern, Warkworth Tennis, bowling clubs in Warkworth, Manly, Albany and Browns Bay, Warkworth Golf Club, Rodney North Community Patrol, One Warkworth Business Association, Motorsport TR86 Series, Off-Road Racing Polaris #U37, Urban Dogs, Marist Rugby and equestrian.
What form does your support take?
Along with financially supporting various groups, we are major sponsors of awards like the AIMES Awards, which Lorde won in 2015. We supplied a car to the Rodney North Community Patrol. We also help out in the community, including lending our marquee to schools and community groups.
Is there a special moment that highlights the importance of being a sponsor?
Lorde winning the $15,000 prize put up by Albany Toyota at AIMES Awards 2015. Supporting Hartley and Nick Cassidy early in their motorsport career. They are now on the world stage.
Do you get many requests?
In our group we would get requests for support nearly on a daily basis, but regrettably, we can’t support all requests.
How many people do you employ locally?
We employ eight people in Warkworth, as well as six in Browns Bay, six in Whangaparaoa and 64 in Albany.
Are you confident about doing business in your town?
We are very confident about doing business locally. For instance, we increased new vehicle sales in Warkworth 620 per cent in the first year after taking over.
Do you think it’s important for locals to ‘shop locally’?
Our motto for local support is ‘support local’.