The GVI Team "25 Years from Our Family to Your's"

We are GVI - get to know us!

When you deal with us, you deal with the owners of the business Peter Johnston (PJ) his son Hayden and their small experienced team.

GVI - Glenn Haslem
Glenn Haslem
General Manager
Favourite Car: Audi RS4 Avant

Glenn, aka “The Hazzman” aka “Frosty boy” heads up the team alongside Matt. Glenn and his blond tips join us after years of experience in the New Car Industry working for big names like Giltrap and Moyes. Glenn is passionate about giving great service and ensuring your experience with GVI is not only professional and pressure free, but also a bit of fun! Glenn, his Wife and two Daughters love getting away to the beach and when hes not at work he can be found on the couch with a beer enjoying the big game or in the kitchen rustling up a mean curry!

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GVI - Matt Price
Matt Price
Team Leader
Favourite Car: Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series V8 Turbo Diesel

Originally from sunny Nelson, Matt has been part of the team for 6 Years now and started with us as a salesman in our Ssangyong New Vehicle team. Matt has moved his way up through the ranks and now heads our GVI Used Vehicle Team! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic Matt is always on hand to guide the team and work with you to ensure all your wants and needs are catered for! When he’s not at work Matt can be found on his boat or spending time with his Fiancé Margot enjoying Auckland’s many fine eateries!

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GVI - Paul Brom
Paul Brom
Senior Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Paul comes to us from an incredibly varied background having owned a chain of successful food bars and a famous 80's night club! With his wild days now behind him Paul's focus is on his three passions, his family, good food and of course fishing! Paul has been with the GVI team for over 8 years and always looks forward to meeting new people and helping them become satisfied new car owners.

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GVI - Liam LeGrice
Liam LeGrice
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Toyota Chaser JZX90 with 2JZ Conversion

Liam or as he is affectionately known “Ron Weasley”! started life with GVI in the groom bay as a young kid fresh out of school and has steadily worked his way up through the ranks joining our sales team a few years ago. Liam has good energy and an excellent understanding of vehicles so can help find the best matched vehicle for your lifestyle and needs! Mad about cars, Liam is our resident “JDM Specialist” so especially likes our selection of tasty Japanese performance cars!

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GVI - “Syed” Khaliq Syed
“Syed” Khaliq Syed
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: Subaru WRX STI Hatch
Syed speaks Hindi

With a long history in retail sales Syed understands that the customer always comes first. Quiet, considerate and patient, Syed will listen and spend all the time you need finding the car that best suits you. Syed’s wife is an amazing cook and the boys love it when he brings in a selection of traditional dishes to share on the weekend!

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GVI - John Dallimore
John Dallimore
Sales Consultant
Favourite Car: 1973 Porsche 911E Targa

John is a well-known figure in the industry and for a long time had his own successful dealership in the prestigious “Greenlane Boulevard of Cars!” John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and is our resident commercial specialist, so is the go to guy for anything van or truck related!
Although John is known around the traps as the “Silver Fox!” his wild days are (mostly) behind him and he now loves spending time with his grandchildren!

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GVI - Tere Natua
Tere Natua
Sales Consultant

Tere (Terry) comes to us with years of experience in the car industry and is our gentle giant! With a very calm and relaxed demeanour Terry will spend the time with you when you need to make a confident decision and can offer expert advice along the way to ensure the vehicle you are looking at is right for you. Tere has recently tracked his ancestry back to its origins in Tahiti which has given him a whole new perspective on who he is! and is also very passionate about his fantasy football league and family so a very interesting and all round great guy!

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Electric Team

GVI - Jason Tervit
Jason Tervit
GVI Electric Team Leader
Favourite Car: Tesla Model S P100D with Ludacris Mode

After 8 Years on the “ICE / Dark Side”! Jason has recently moved across to head our team of Electric Vehicle Specialists! Originally from Hamilton Jason has grown up in the car industry following in the footsteps of his father who was a very well know and respected car dealer and also a successful promoter at Western Springs Speedway. Jason has been a closet EV fan for a number of years and is excited to join the charge for a better NZ!. Jason is a dedicated family man who relishes time spent with his wife and their young son.

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GVI - Russell Bowden
Russell Bowden
EV Specialist
Favourite Car: 1980 Suzuki Carry
Can speak Spanish

A musician, an artist, a talented linguist, an EV enthusiast and an amazing beard...Russell has it all! Russell comes to us after visiting and working in most countries accessible with a NZ Passport. After his most recent stint working as a tech for Chorus he felt it was time to take his passion for EVs to the next level. Fresh from an inspirational chat with world renowned EVangelist Chelsea Sexton, he joined the GVI Electric band and has been a welcomed addition! Russell's passion for EVs is infectious and time spent with him will quickly ignite the same in you!

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GVI - Geary Sutjahjo
Geary Sutjahjo
EV Specialist
Favourite Car: Toyota Chaser JZX100
Can speak Malay and Indonesian

From selling radio controlled electric cars to selling the real thing, Geary has come a long way! The youngest in the team, Geary has embraced the EV Life with both hands and is close to denouncing his evil ICE ways completely….except for maybe the odd weekend JZX cruise! Geary has developed an in-depth knowledge of EVs and is enjoying educating new comers on the joys and benefits of making the move to EV! Friendly and enthusiastic Geary is here to hold your hand and answer all your questions!

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GVI - Katya Almestica
Katya "Kate" Almestica
EV Specialist
Favourite Car: Any Tesla, but especially her Model 3 when it arrives!
Katya speaks Russian

Katya - "Ka-te-ya" - and her Husband Barry hold the prestigious honour of winning one of Tesla's Golden Tickets and being flown to America to join Elon for dinner and a private tour of the Giga Factory!! Very Cool!! Crazy about EVs and with a passion for helping people join the EV life, Katya is a valued member of our team and always brings a ray on sunshine to the office when she is around! Katya has recently become a legit Kiwi! and her gentle and patient nature is always appreciated by those who are a little nervous about making the move to electric.

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GVI - Gleb Golovanov
Gleb Golovanov
EV Expert
Favourite Car: Audi RS7
Gleb speaks Russian

One of 3 Russians here at GVI, Gleb has recently joined the team and is enjoying meeting new people and helping them find new vehicles. Before moving to New Zealand Gleb ran his own successful window tinting business in Russia and has excellent product knowledge and understanding. Gleb is the “Male Model” of the team, always looking immaculate and with a set of legs that all the girls a jealous of! 😉

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GVI Tauranga

GVI - Mike Sheaff
Mike Sheaff
Sales Manager

Having grown up with a family who owned a motorcycle shop, Mike has always been around motor vehicles, so after working as a Qualified Accountant in Wellington, London and the Caribbean, it’s not surprising that when the opportunity to get involved in the family car business arose back in 2001 the suit and tie was traded in. Mike loves the industry and over the past 18 years has been involved in selling both new and used vehicles plus managing a full workshop. Mike can genuinely say there is never a dull day in the car industry! Mike and his father have been looking after people in the bay for 30 years so if you are after honest and friendly advice, let Mike help you chose your next great ride!

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GVI - Dean Bowden
Dean Bowden
Sales Consultant

Dean was born and raised in sunny Nelson and stayed there the first forty years of his life. The motor industry became Deans calling soon after leaving school and he has been involved ever since! The new vehicle industry is where Dean spent most of my time, mostly in Toyota dealerships in Nelson, Australia briefly and Thames before moving to Tauranga in 2015. Dean has a keen passion for Hockey and has represented NZ at masters level since 2003, and he brings the same dedication, passion and enjoyment to his work life. Dean can offer you years of experience and an enjoyment in making that next big purchase and you just might get a hello from Wilson, his little Maltese dog, who spends most days sleeping in the office.

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GVI - Tony May
Tony May
EV Specialist
Favourite Car: Mazda RX3

After a career spent mostly in the heavy commercial vehicle industry Tony joined us to atone for his diesel sins and has been reborn into the glorious light of EVs. He has never looked back! Best known for his "Tony May Jokes" and "Long Story Short, Long Stories" Tony brings a quirky joy to the team and we never have a dull day while he is around! Tony has quickly fallen in love with the EV life and can often be found at the local rapid charge station spreading the word and making friends! Tony is professional and polite and although an accomplished talker, he is also a great listener and genuinely wants you to fall in love with EVs like he has.

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Finance and Warranty Specialists

GVI - Danny Shen
Danny Shen
Business Manager
Favourite Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
Can speak Cantonese and Conversational Mandarin

After a couple of different career shifts including training as a Barrister! Danny has settled into the Finance and Insurance position where his mathematical prowess and keen attention for detail are well utilised! Danny is diligent and polite and will work hard to ensure the tailored finance package he creates best matches your needs and means. When hes not working hard securing the best deal for customers from our lenders he can be found behind the bar at some of the hottest Asian style clubs in Auckland!

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GVI - Mary Kater
Mary Kater
Finance Specialist

Always quick with a cheeky comment and a bubbly smile Mary joins us from a background in the Finance industry and touching All Blacks for a living....! With time spent as a registered Financial Adviser and Sports Therapist Mary has a love for rugby and helping people get into the car they want, with a finance package that works for them. Mary is patient and thorough and her vast experience in the finance world means she can help tailor a finance and insurance package to suit your individual needs. She loves chatting about anything sports related, Mary follows the Warriors, S.O.O, Breakers and NBA basketball and Cricket! and has two sons that keep her busy when shes not baking treats for the team!

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Lunchtime manager

GVI - Sabine
Company Dog
Favourite Car: Singer-Williams DSL 911

A German Short Haired Pointer (GSP) born in Maungaturoto Sabine embraces all aspects of the NZ lifestyle with a strong love of the outdoors but quite fond of creature comforts! Her favourite part of the day...lunch time where she can be found making moon eyes at anybody who looks like they might have something tasty to share! Week days are spent on the yard greeting customers and testing all features of the cars especially the heated seats! Weekends Sabine can be found in the forests around Auckland keeping the local pheasants and deer on their toes! Sabine loves meeting GVI customers so feel free to bring your furry friends in for a game of chase!


You can trust GVI

We are one of the largest importers of used Japanese motor vehicles into New Zealand with over 25 years experience. Our quality used cars for sale are hand-selected by our experienced car buyers here and in Japan. We stand behind every vehicle we sell and G.V.I is well known for its quality honest cars which come with guaranteed speedo readings and warranty back up. With over 50,000 vehicles sold and counting we have an army of satisfied and loyal customers.

Contact Details
Phone. 09 525 5885 09 525 5885
0800 4 GENUINE

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