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A Winton retailer has beaten the
biggest and the best in the country
by taking out the 2009 New
Zealand Stihl Retailer of the Year.
Winton's Stihl Shop, owned by
Craig and Angela McKenzie,
headed off 107 other Stihl
specialist retailers from around
the country, including stores
in Auckland, Wellington and
Christchurch, to take out the top
Stihl Retail Distribution manager
Phil Weedon, of Auckland, said
this was the ultimate award for
excellence in retailing and it was a
big win for the south.
"I think this is huge for Winton.
It's not very often that you get to
stand amongst your peers and be
"There's some real admiration
there for the McKenzies -- from
Kaitaia to Invercargill."
Winton's Stihl shop also won the
Dealership Pride Award 2009
for the Southern Region (South
Island) and Mr Weedon put
their success down to good old
"Winton's moved with the
times and exceeded people's
"It's something that's inherent in
a lot of rural communities, where
people take the time to talk to
their customers and find out
what they really need. It doesn't
matter whether you're a big town
or a small town -- that is very
For the McKenzies the win was a
great thrill and capped off what's
been a very successful couple
of years, with their shop also
winning several Southern Regional
awards for outstanding marketing,
outstanding retailing, most
improved dealer and dealership
pride since 2001.
But they admit they wouldn't be
where they are today without a
good team behind them.
"Winning the award is a great
credit to our staff members
Kirsten Kane, Jeff Williams,
Malcolm McLeod and Chris
Craig and Angela say they are
extremely proud of their business
and take pride in offering expert
advice, with a commitment to
delivering the best possible
service to their customers.
The McKenzies have operated
their business in Winton since
1994, formally known as Winton
Mowers and Chainsaws and
changing to Stihl Shop Winton
in 2003. They moved into new
purpose built premises in 2006.
Craig has had 30 years' experience
in the outdoor power equipment
and motorcycle industry, initially
working for Crawford's Honda in
Winton which also had the Stihl
dealership at that time.
Stihl Shop Winton covers the
Central Southland area, but also
provides service to Western,
Northern Southland and the Te
Anau and Fiordland areas.
They stock an extensive range
of premium brands, as well as
Stihl OPE such as chainsaws,
ride-ons and bicycles, clothing,
gardening tools and camping
Stihl Shop Winton also sponsors
World junior timbersports
champion, Bobby Dowling, who
was in action at the Stihl Shop site
at the recent Winton A&P Show
and Southern Field Days.
Winton's Stihl the best in New Zealand
Winton Stihl Shop owners Craig and Angela McKenzie accept their 2009 NZ Retailer of the Year award at the Stihl
National Dealer Conference in Rotorua. They are supported by Stihl managing director Jim Bibby (left) and Stihl
Worldwide sales director Joachim Burandt.
By Mary Witsey
Central Southland songbirds are
being given a chance to make
music together with the formation
of a new singing group in the town.
The brainchild of a group of
teachers from Central Southland
College, it was hoped there would
be enough community interest to
get the group off the ground next
A meeting's been arranged for
Monday night, in the Central
Southland College hall at 7pm
for those 16 years and over, and
organiser Morgan Patterson said
it was a great chance for people
to get together and have some
"There's no musical experience
required -- we just want to get
people together who enjoy music
and enjoy singing."
If successful, it was believed this
would be the first unisex singing
group of its kind in Winton.
"It would be good to get a bit
of community spirit and do
something in our area."
The group aimed to initially
perform popular music from shows
like "Cats" and "Chess," she said.
Call for Central songbirds to join voices
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