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Dave and Christine Leicester  


Dave and Christine Leicester have established a long lasting working relationship with their customers and suppliers with over 32 years of service in the New Zealand tyre industry.  Dave and Christine began in the retail tyre industry in Hawke's Bay in 1981 with Hastings Tyre Repair Services before joining the Tyrepower group in 1988 and rebranding their retail store as Hastings Tyrepower.  Dave went on to become the Chairman for the New Zealand Tyrepower Group and it was in 1993 they recognised the opportunity to set up a truck and bus retreading plant in Hawke's Bay and Power Retreads was established. 

The retail arm of their business grew to two stores – one in Hastings and one in Napier.  In 2010 they sold the retail division enabling them to grow Power Retreads into a business highly focused on providing quality retread products underpinned with outstanding customer service.  Dave and Christine have also secured the sole distribution of the Vipal brand of rubber for the New Zealand market and it is this combination of a quality tread, excellent customer service, dedicated staff and wide ranging industry experience that creates high demand for Power Retread products from all corners of the country. 

“The support and technical advice from the team at Vipal Borrachas in Brazil is immeasurable, as is the support from our own experienced and dedicated staff”.

 - Dave Leicester



Paul has been involved with tyres for most of his working life, starting back in 1969 with Firestone NZ. His career spanned throughout New Zealand and internationally before joining Power Retreads in 2009. With his in-depth knowledge of the tyre industry coupled with his experience of the New Zealand conditions and market requirements, Paul can offer sound and reliable advice to customers and end users on tread selection to best suit their application.

Phone: 021 243 3293
Email: paul@powerretreads.co.nz

Kylie Leicester  


Kylie joined Power Retreads in February 2014 and has 18 years experience in the FMCG manufacturing industry across Australia and New Zealand. She is an experienced Procurement and Supply Chain professional who has managed staff both internally and remotely. Whilst her tenure at Power Retreads is recent, Kylie is excited about fulfilling the position of Operations Manager and ensuring that best Quality, exceptional Customer Service and operational efficiencies remain at the forefront of Power Retreads focus.

Phone: 06 879 7026 Extn 3
Email: kylie@powerretreads.co.nz



Brent has been involved in the tyre industry for 30 years.   He started as a Tyre Technician in retail and progressed to manage three stores for Firestone before joining Dave and Christine at Hastings Tyrepower as their Commercial Service Manager.  Throughout this time Brent has amassed a vast amount of knowledge and was the perfect candidate to join Power Retreads in January 2012 as the Customer Sales and Service Manager. 

“I thoroughly enjoy being of service to our customer base and having come from a retail background, I fully understand the importance of having best quality products delivered within the promised timeframe.”  - Brent Jellyman

Phone: 06 879 7026 Extn 1
Email: sales@powerretreads.co.nz

Rod Knight  


Rod started in the tyre industry back in the days of Reidrubber in 1974, moving to Dunlop – Motordrome before joining Power Retreads in 2007.  This gives Rod over 20 years of experience in the tyre and retreading industry.

Rod travels to regions around the North Island on a weekly cycle and is exceptionally committed to providing superior service to Power Retreads customers with a sharp eye on quality control and detail.

Phone: 021 759 135
Email: rod@powerretreads.co.nz

Paul Knight  


Dan started working for Power Retreads in June 2015 and although he is new to the tyre industry, his enthusiasm and desire to provide excellent customer service has seen him quickly settle into his new role.

Dan looks after the Power Retreads 'North' and 'West' runs, is passionate about driving trucks and enjoys touring around New Zealand.  Dan takes great pleasure in assisting his current customers and looks forward to meeting and assisting new customers.

Phone: 021 759 136
Email: dan@powerretreads.co.nz