Canterbury Since 1975
Nairn Electrical is a locally owned family business that has been operating in rural Canterbury since 1975. Originally started by the Nairn brothers of Leeston, Gary Roxburgh joined in 1980 and became a partner in 1986. Major growth started in the mid 90’s with the company finding a niche providing quality irrigation and dairy installs as well as municipal pumping controls used by local councils.
During this period Steve West started his apprenticeship (1993), followed soon after by Dave McCartin (1996), then a year later by Brad Beswick and Eden Partridge. All 4 remain with the company and are a testament to the long, loyal service that has become a feature of the Nairn Electrical team. The majority of the current team of 45 have been with the company for 10 years or more enabling us to provide unrivalled knowledge, experience and service to our customers.
In the mid 2000’s Nairns grew their footprint into North Canterbury, acquiring Ray Dyer Electrical in Rangiora. Jonathan Hawkes started his apprenticeship in 1984 with Ray Dyer and is still with Nairns today. A few years after Nairn Electrical ventured north Simon Francis joined us, becoming an integral part of the North Canterbury team.
Now owned by Gary Roxburgh, Steve West, Brad Beswick, and Simon Francis, Nairn Electrical prides itself on remaining local, supporting local and employing local.
Why choose us
Strong Team of Experts
Nairn's now boasts their own 45 strong team, including 7 ETCO apprentices. As they head towards 50 years in business they will soon move the Leeston Branch into new premises further down Station St, ensuring they are well prepared to continue supporting their customers as they have since 1975.
Avid Rugby Supporters
Rugby and Nairns have always gone hand and hand, regularly supporting local clubs such as Leeston, Burnham Dunsandel Irwell (BDI) and Amuri. For the past ten years Nairn Electrical has been a key sponsor of Southbridge Rugby with their name proudly adorning the jersey.
Supporting Rural Canterbury Since 1975
Steve West & Gary Roxburgh
With Springston Main Rd pump station panel 1998.
Gary Roxburgh – Managing Director
Gary joined Nairn Electrical in 1980, before taking over the company in 1994. Gary has over 40 years’ experience in the electrical industry and is currently the National President of Master Electricians New Zealand.
Gary has extensive experience in industrial controls, with particular specialisation in pumping controls, irrigation, municipal water and sewage. This includes the design of electrical pumping controls including soft starters, variable speed starters, level, pressure and flow controls, along with CAD design of switchboards and starters. For more than 36 years Gary has established and maintained a successful relationship with the Selwyn District Council, providing design, installation and maintenance services for water and sewer pumping station electrics, as well as servicing the rapidly growing dairy industry.
Gary’s extensive experience in the Canterbury region is well known in the pumping industry, and he is often approached for advice by industry professionals and individuals alike.
Steve West – Director, General Manager
Steve first joined Nairn Electrical in 1993 and has 28 years’ experience in the electrical contracting industry, with at least 20 years specialising in municipal and industrial pumping controls, and business management. Qualified as a registered electrician and holding a current practicing license, Steve has specialist skills in the management of projects and people.
Steve left Nairn Electrical in 1999 to work overseas and was involved in the installation and maintenance of IT networks and infrastructure in London, New York and Frankfurt. Steve returned to Nairn Electrical in 2003 to take on the role of General Manager, guiding the business through many high-growth years. Steve bought into Nairn Electrical and became a Director in 2012. Steve’s experience in industrial, commercial and municipal electrical projects is extensive including installation and implementation of numerous projects within the irrigation and dairying industry, as well as water supplies and sewerage systems for the Selwyn District Council.
Brad Beswick – Director, Operations Manager
Brad joined Nairn Electrical in 1997 and has over 25 years’ experience in the electrical industry. As Operations Manager, Brad controls day to day workloads and distribution of the team of industrial electricians. He is qualified as a registered electrician and holds a current practicing license. Brad bought into Nairn Electrical and became a Director in 2012.
During his tenure in the industry he has designed, wired and installed numerous systems for irrigation, dairy and municipal installations. These works involved various types of soft starters and variable speed drives, with extensive use of Danfoss starters. He has experience in PLC wiring and programming, including Eaton smart relays and Horner controllers. Brad specialises in the design of dairy effluent automation for new and existing pumping systems in order to meet legislative requirements for management and discharge of effluent.
Simon Francis – Director, North Canterbury Manager
Simon joined Nairn Electrical in 2008 and has over 16 years’ experience in the electrical industry, specialising in industrial pump controls. Simon has managed and led the growth of the North Canterbury branch for the last decade and in 2015 became a shareholder and director. In his role as North Canterbury Manager he is responsible for staff, customer relations, design, quoting, invoicing and project management.
Simons knowledge of VSD’s, control electric’s and hydraulics’ has been a key factor to be able to assist in the design and delivery of many successful irrigation schemes and municipal pump stations. Recently he has been involved with a pump station design review for a proposed 1000+kw pumping project. Completing an independent review of the civil engineering companies design, and consulting with the engineers to align the design to a practical, reliable and cost effective standard.