Our Team

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Dave Coutts

General Manager

Dave has worked at HydroVac since April 2012, and was originally hired as the Operations Manager in charge of the truck division with a big emphasis on sales and growing the business alongside the previous General Manager.

Dave was totally new to the waste industry after some 25 years in the security industry and due to redundancy and the passion for security at a low, he thought it was time to try something new and was fortunate enough after applying for the Op’s manager’s position and basically harassing (in a good way) the GM and one of the Company Directors at the local Football / Cricket club into giving him an opportunity to prove he could do the job. As it turned out, they were insightful enough to take a risk and hired Dave knowing he was only bringing his 15yrs + management skills and no industry knowledge to the table. He spent the next 12 months basically alongside the GM and learning about HydroVac and the waste industry and the rest is history.

Two years down the track the incumbent General Manager planned to move to Christchurch and with Dave’s new found passion for the waste industry, was offered the role of General Manager which he keenly accepted and where he is today. He strongly believes in excellent customer service, ethics, integrity, honesty and going that extra mile for our clients. After all our clients are the most important aspect of HydroVac, closely followed by our HydroVac team who all add value to the success of HydroVac.

​Dave believes in having good solid processes and giving opportunities to his team to develop and upskill through training and succession planning, after all every day a staff member is part of the HydroVac family the experience they gain becomes a valuable asset.

​Our customers allow us to provide them a service and Dave strongly believes that providing a service to very high standards is a must and doing that little bit extra at times or we respond to an incident in a time that cannot be matched by our competitors sets us apart from the rest.

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Rowan Murray

Sales Advisor

Rowan worked for HydroVac for 5 years before leaving to work for a client company for a year. During that year he was heavily involved in the later portion of a new truck build. He was also responsible for the final “kit out” of the truck so it was fully operational. He was then the primary driver and operator for the remainder of the year.

In January 2015, Rowan returned as the Operations Team Leader. With Rowan’s natural apt of the industry, he spent the following 6 months on client inspections, quoting and scoping jobs and leading our operators on some of our biggest jobs and difficult sites. With Rowan’s knowledge, he assisted and supported his team and could always be found on our bigger jobs getting stuck in and lending the on-site team a welcomed hand. As part of Rowan’s growth as a leader, he was more involved with job planning but was never far away from the driver’s seat of our biggest trucks.

With plenty of learning opportunities as the Team leader, Rowan has always maintained his true passion working on the trucks and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new 8 wheel Scania as he played an integral part in “working it in” and then training other drivers.

Having travelled extensively for HydroVac nationally, Rowan was one of the first operators working in Christchurch after the earthquakes. He has also travelled for almost all of Hydrovac’s “out of town” jobs and with his hit the ground running attitude we are happy to have Rowan back on board.

At HydroVac, we like to be able to pass on opportunities to our current staff and help them achieve their work goals and promoting within has proven to be a great benefit to the company.

Rowan as one of our most experienced operators, and also Team Leader in the field, has always wanted to take on a Sales role as he has had previous experience in the industry before his employment with HydroVac.

Rowan was offered the role in Sales and is really keen to get out there and organise work for you. With his in-depth experience on the frontline, Rowan is more than qualified to offer advice and the most cost effective way to meet your requirements.​

You can email Rowan on rowan.murray@hydrovac.co.nz or call 027 453 8008

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Jason Koenen

​Operations Manager

Jason has worked for HydroVac for almost 5 years. After initially starting as an operator in the truck division he was coached into a leadership role through a supervisory position then onto Operations Manager. Having hands on experience on the tools and the gear has helped bring a practical aspect to how the business is run, and also helping any issues that arise and being able to deal with them to the benefit of our clients.

As the business continues to grow at a fast rate, Jason has to be aware the needs of the clients are looked after and personnel skills are constantly reviewed with on-going training as we are in a very competitive environment. Jason sees challenges and opportunities ahead and is a keen advocate at enriching his staffs future; helping the General Manager to drive a staff coaching campaign and reinvesting back into the team to create an even better customer service moving forward.

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Jason Hakaria

Sales Advisor

Jason has over 12 years CCTV experience as a contracts manager. With his leadership and supervision experience, Jason was the right fit to lead our CCTV division as this area of HydroVac is growing at a rapid rate.

Jason has a fiancé and three sons. His interests include spending time with his family and taking his boys to sports activities. In his own personal time, Jason is an avid motorcyclist and riding his Harley is a passion. He is the eldest of three boys. Jason hails from a small place called Ngataki in the Far North where there are the best beaches and swimming spots in Aotearoa. Jason has tribal links to Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Our team of qualified CCTV technicians headed by Jason, have fully equipped vans to carry out your CCTV drainage requirements so if you need us, call us on 417 0112 option 2 or email Jason.hakaria@hydrovac.co.nz

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Wayne Taia

Waste Water Manager

Wayne started with HydroVac in August last year as a Waste Water Technician. Wayne quickly learnt the tricks of the trade and built a rapport with his customers delivering excellent service. Wayne has a natural apt for the industry and was able to understand each system quickly and put his technical skills to great use. Wayne has a love for D.I.Y which made him really enjoy working out in the field and getting his hands dirty.

Wayne comes from a strong security background where he managed a team of 20 so when the position of Waste Water Manager became available, Wayne was the most suitable candidate. Having a strong background in Security, Wayne managed a team of 20 staff servicing local government contracts in Auckland so has a broad knowledge of Auckland geography.

In the weekend Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and 1 grandson that he adores. Wayne also enjoys cooking, his favourite dish to cook is a lamb curry.

Wayne is looking forward to the challenge the Waste Water Manager role brings and the customer service side of the role which he enjoys.

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Dave Coutts

General Manager

Dave has worked at HydroVac since April 2012, and was originally hired as the Operations Manager in charge of the truck division with a big emphasis on sales and growing the business alongside the previous General Manager.

Dave was totally new to the waste industry after some 25 years in the security industry and due to redundancy and the passion for security at a low, he thought it was time to try something new and was fortunate enough after applying for the Op’s manager’s position and basically harassing (in a good way) the GM and one of the Company Directors at the local Football / Cricket club into giving him an opportunity to prove he could do the job. As it turned out, they were insightful enough to take a risk and hired Dave knowing he was only bringing his 15yrs + management skills and no industry knowledge to the table. He spent the next 12 months basically alongside the GM and learning about HydroVac and the waste industry and the rest is history.

Two years down the track the incumbent General Manager planned to move to Christchurch and with Dave’s new found passion for the waste industry, was offered the role of General Manager which he keenly accepted and where he is today. He strongly believes in excellent customer service, ethics, integrity, honesty and going that extra mile for our clients. After all our clients are the most important aspect of HydroVac, closely followed by our HydroVac team who all add value to the success of HydroVac.

​Dave believes in having good solid processes and giving opportunities to his team to develop and upskill through training and succession planning, after all every day a staff member is part of the HydroVac family the experience they gain becomes a valuable asset.

​Our customers allow us to provide them a service and Dave strongly believes that providing a service to very high standards is a must and doing that little bit extra at times or we respond to an incident in a time that cannot be matched by our competitors sets us apart from the rest.

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Rowan Murray

Sales Advisor

Rowan worked for HydroVac for 5 years before leaving to work for a client company for a year. During that year he was heavily involved in the later portion of a new truck build. He was also responsible for the final “kit out” of the truck so it was fully operational. He was then the primary driver and operator for the remainder of the year.

In January 2015, Rowan returned as the Operations Team Leader. With Rowan’s natural apt of the industry, he spent the following 6 months on client inspections, quoting and scoping jobs and leading our operators on some of our biggest jobs and difficult sites. With Rowan’s knowledge, he assisted and supported his team and could always be found on our bigger jobs getting stuck in and lending the on-site team a welcomed hand. As part of Rowan’s growth as a leader, he was more involved with job planning but was never far away from the driver’s seat of our biggest trucks.

With plenty of learning opportunities as the Team leader, Rowan has always maintained his true passion working on the trucks and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new 8 wheel Scania as he played an integral part in “working it in” and then training other drivers.

Having travelled extensively for HydroVac nationally, Rowan was one of the first operators working in Christchurch after the earthquakes. He has also travelled for almost all of Hydrovac’s “out of town” jobs and with his hit the ground running attitude we are happy to have Rowan back on board.

At HydroVac, we like to be able to pass on opportunities to our current staff and help them achieve their work goals and promoting within has proven to be a great benefit to the company.

Rowan as one of our most experienced operators, and also Team Leader in the field, has always wanted to take on a Sales role as he has had previous experience in the industry before his employment with HydroVac.

Rowan was offered the role in Sales and is really keen to get out there and organise work for you. With his in-depth experience on the frontline, Rowan is more than qualified to offer advice and the most cost effective way to meet your requirements.​

You can email Rowan on rowan.murray@hydrovac.co.nz or call 027 453 8008

Hydrovac Our Team

Jason Koenen

​Operations Manager

Jason has worked for HydroVac for almost 5 years. After initially starting as an operator in the truck division he was coached into a leadership role through a supervisory position then onto Operations Manager. Having hands on experience on the tools and the gear has helped bring a practical aspect to how the business is run, and also helping any issues that arise and being able to deal with them to the benefit of our clients.

As the business continues to grow at a fast rate, Jason has to be aware the needs of the clients are looked after and personnel skills are constantly reviewed with on-going training as we are in a very competitive environment. Jason sees challenges and opportunities ahead and is a keen advocate at enriching his staffs future; helping the General Manager to drive a staff coaching campaign and reinvesting back into the team to create an even better customer service moving forward.

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Jason Hakaria

Sales Advisor

Jason has over 12 years CCTV experience as a contracts manager. With his leadership and supervision experience, Jason was the right fit to lead our CCTV division as this area of HydroVac is growing at a rapid rate.

Jason has a fiancé and three sons. His interests include spending time with his family and taking his boys to sports activities. In his own personal time, Jason is an avid motorcyclist and riding his Harley is a passion. He is the eldest of three boys. Jason hails from a small place called Ngataki in the Far North where there are the best beaches and swimming spots in Aotearoa. Jason has tribal links to Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Our team of qualified CCTV technicians headed by Jason, have fully equipped vans to carry out your CCTV drainage requirements so if you need us, call us on 417 0112 option 2 or email Jason.hakaria@hydrovac.co.nz

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Wayne Taia

Waste Water Manager

Wayne started with HydroVac in August last year as a Waste Water Technician. Wayne quickly learnt the tricks of the trade and built a rapport with his customers delivering excellent service. Wayne has a natural apt for the industry and was able to understand each system quickly and put his technical skills to great use. Wayne has a love for D.I.Y which made him really enjoy working out in the field and getting his hands dirty.

Wayne comes from a strong security background where he managed a team of 20 so when the position of Waste Water Manager became available, Wayne was the most suitable candidate. Having a strong background in Security, Wayne managed a team of 20 staff servicing local government contracts in Auckland so has a broad knowledge of Auckland geography.

In the weekend Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and 1 grandson that he adores. Wayne also enjoys cooking, his favourite dish to cook is a lamb curry.

Wayne is looking forward to the challenge the Waste Water Manager role brings and the customer service side of the role which he enjoys.