Who we are?

SWE  is a leading technology and consultancy company in Marlborough, New Zealand – specialising in water engineering, electrical and automation solutions and irrigation. We design, build, install and service irrigation, fertigation, stockwater, effluent, and wastewater systems, as well as undertaking civic water engineering projects.

We have proven expertise in delivering outstanding value in terms of quality, environmental and economic outcomes. We pride ourselves on acting as strategic partners for our clients, with a planned and systematic approach, leaving our clients free to focus on their core business, knowing it’s all taken care of.

We provide tailored solutions with expert design, excellent advice, and exceptional service – and have a reputation for delivering on time and to budget.

We have a specialist team of qualified and experienced professionals, a full fabrication workshop, and a commitment to bringing you leading edge service, quality and products.

We are a member of IrrigationNZ and Blue Tick accredited. All our work meets the standards set by IrrigationNZ. We also hold ACC secondary accreditation.

Our adherence to quality underpins all we do:

  • Quality design leading to long-term value
  • Quality components and workmanship
  • Quality auditing and maintenance to optimise systems and equipment
  • Hiring the best staff, who can then deliver…
  • Excellent advice and exceptional customer service

Recent recognition of our company includes:

* Supreme winner of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards (2013), winners of the “Innovation Award” and the “Adding Value to Marlborough” Award.

* Shortlisted for the Irrigation New Zealand Innovation in Irrigation Award (2014).

* Finalists in the Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards (2015) for our SmartAudit service, and commended with positive feedback from the judges.

Read on to find out more about the team at SWE, read about some of our recent projects, or contact us to arrange a consultation.

Our Commitment to Excellence in Health and Safety

At SWE we insist that everyone has the right to come to work with the expectation that they will return home safe and healthy, every day.

Looking after our people is one of our core values. This is not mere lip-service. We are committed to a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, contractors, and the communities in which we operate.

Our underlying focus is simple: everyone home safe, every day.

We operate comprehensive Health and Safety procedures that begin with new employee induction and continue through all our day-to-day operations – and are underpinned by ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Secondary Accreditation.

We are currently preparing for Tertiary level accreditation.

We seek continuous improvements to achieve excellence in the management of health and safety in all of our workplaces.

Using the Swiss cheese model, we have adopted a holistic approach to accident prevention and health promotion. We recognise that everything we do (from company culture to organisation and process design) must work together to provide adequate defensive layers against possible accident situations. Our focus on Health and Safety is therefore throughout every ‘layer’ of our company, pervading everything we do.

Our People Behind the Scenes

Our people are dedicated specialists who come together to make SWE the success it is today. Behind the scenes is a team of people who provide input into the management and operations at SWE, because better never stops.
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  • Automation
  • Design and Application
  • Electrical Services
  • Logistics and Yard Team
  • Management Team
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Office Team
  • Project Team
  • Service Division
  • Winery Division
Stephen Leitch

Stephen Leitch

Management Team

Managing Director
B.Hort, Grad Dip Ed (Agriculture)
Stephen Leitch has been designing and project managing pumping and dairy and vineyard irrigation installations in Marlborough for nearly two decades. His focus on excellent design and return on investment for clients is combined with honesty and integrity in his business relationships. When you book your first consultation, it will probably be Stephen who comes to call.

Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Management Team

General Manager
MBA (Dist), NZ Cert Eng (Civil)
Mike has a Civil Engineering background as well as considerable management experience. He brings a wealth of operational, technical, and strategic skills to the business. Mike also champions our Health and Safety focus, ensuring our track record in this area remains impeccable. He is a self-confessed perfectionist on behalf of our clients, and is always looking for ways we can do things better. Mike heads up our team of professional staff.

Kath Langton

Kath Langton

Management Team, Office Team

Administration Team Leader
Kath expertly manages the back office function for SWE, coordinating service schedules and invoicing, and making sure our projects run smoothly. If you’ve got any query at all, if Kath doesn’t know the answer, she’ll know where to get it for you.

Jasmine Wilson

Jasmine Wilson

Office Team

Administration Assistant
Jasmine works closely with Kath to assist in the smooth running of the office. Jasmine is likely to be the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you ring us.

Bradley Duncan

Bradley Duncan

Design and Application, Office Team

Design and Application Engineer
Bradley combines computing skills with practical vineyard and machinery experience. Electronics, control systems and radio links are among Bradley’s areas of interest and expertise - and he works closely with Stephen on design for our clients. His favourite part of the job is being out on-site, so you’re bound to meet him early-on.

Dean Marshall

Dean Marshall

Office Team

Business Development Manager
Dean's people skills come to the fore as he works closely with SWE's new and existing clients to identify needs - and opportunities. Dean has a keen eye for products and technological solutions which enhance our clients' businesses.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes

Electrical Services

Industrial Electrician and Electrical Team Leader
EWRB NZ Practising Licence
Our resident qualified electrician, Phil expertly installs, troubleshoots and maintains equipment and systems for our clients – from minor repairs to full industrial installations. Phil is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality electrical workmanship.

Hayden Giles

Hayden Giles

Electrical Services

Industrial Electrician
EWRB NZ Practising License, Level 4 Electrical Engineer
Hayden is a key member of our electrical team, bringing to the table experience with new commercial installations, as well as winery maintenance and electrical maintenance for the aquaculture industry. Hayden works closely with Phil to deliver state of the art electrical installations and a proactive maintenance and development service.

Geoffrey Suttron

Geoffrey Suttron

Electrical Services

Industrial Electrician
EWRB NZ Practising License, Level 4 Electrical Engineer, Fitter, Turning and Machining Trade Cert, Boiler Operating Cert
Geoff is a qualified industrial electrician, who brings many years of experience to the SWE electrical division. Geoff's background includes work in hospitals, in the dairy industry and the Royal New Zealand Navy - making him well placed to understand our clients' needs across various sectors. Geoff likes to think about the big picture for our clients, and takes pride in his 'can do' attitude.

Jarred Silcock

Jared Silcock

Electrical Services, Service Division

Field Technician / Electrical Apprentice
Jared is a highly capable Field Technician at SWE, fully committed to delivering the best for our clients. He's a Star-in Training in our team, having recently also begun his electrical apprenticeship here.

Zak Hayward

Zak Hayward

Automation, Electrical Services

Systems Integration Engineer
National Certificate Electrical Engineering Level 4, Schneider Electric Alliance Integration Partner
Zak’s wide industry experience includes industrial and commercial projects throughout wineries and vineyards, as well as the marine, industrial, consumer, forestry, mining, recycling and refrigeration fields. His experience in instrumentation, process design, PLC/SCADA software development, electrical design, commissioning and diagnostics is second to none – and he helps us deliver sustainable system solutions for our clients. We call him our 'techs-pert', especially when it comes to automation and architecture.

John Ihaka

John Ihaka

Service Division

Service Team Leader
John heads up our Service Team and is responsible for the smooth coordination of all our service work.

Bill Clamp

Bill Clamp

Mechanical Engineers, Service Division, Winery Division

Service Engineer
Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production, NZ Trade Cert in Automotive Engineering
Bill's strong mechanical background coupled with his wine industry experience and qualifications makes him uniquely positioned to assist our winery clients. Having worked in award-winning wineries for a number of years, he truly understands the unique requirements of a well-functioning winery and is able to help keep things ticking over smoothly. Bill's our 'go-to' guy for all winery-related projects.

Daryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

Project Team, Service Division

Field Technician
Daryl has been installing irrigation here in Marlborough since he was 20. It’s fair to say there are very few properties he hasn’t worked on over the years. Friendly, rarely seen without a smile on his face, Daryl’s focus is always on delivering quality workmanship for our clients.

Brent Thomson

Brent Thomson

Project Team, Service Division

Project Team Leader and Mechanical Engineer
Brent is lead hand for SWE, keeping an eye on the team and the project in the field. Practical is Brent’s middle name (or it should be) as he can turn his hand to almost anything.

Tony Mason

Tony Mason

Project Team, Service Division

Field Technician
Experienced in all types of on-site field work and irrigation installation Tony's strengths include problem solving and his attention to detail, with a special interest in pumping. Tony keeps projects moving, and is a core part of the team assisting existing clients with current projects.

Tony Thoms

Tony Thoms

Service Division

Contractor Representative & Field Supervisor
National Certificate in Water Reticulation Services; National Certificate in Civil Works and Services; National Certificate in Road Opening (Trenching and Water Services); Site-Safe Certification; and Electrofusion Operators Registration Certificate.
Contractor representative and field supervisor Tony partners with Brent to look after our onsite team, managing individual projects and their progress. Tony monitors quality control and provides technical support to keep everything running smoothly and on time, and embraces our company philosophy of continual improvement.

Tony McConaghey

Tony McConaghey

Project Team, Service Division

Field Mechanical Engineer
Fitter Welder
Tony is SWE’s fitter/welder and mechanical engineer - with broad experience in engineering, mechanical and heavy diesel industries. Tony can fix pretty well anything; look at it, pull it apart, put it back together and it will work. You might say he’s our resident problem-solver. Tony’s expertise enhances our ability to complete fabrication work in-house.

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

Logistics and Yard Team

Logistics and Yard Team
Peter works closely with Malcolm, our Logistics Coordinator, to ensure the yard at SWE HQ runs at optimum efficiency. Peter cheerfully keeps things in tip top shape around the place, and running like a logistical dream.

Malcolm Clemett

Malcolm Clemett

Logistics and Yard Team

Logistics Coordinator
Malcolm ensures the smooth running of all logistics and stock here at SWE – at every stage in the process from ordering and distribution of parts for all our projects. He keeps the yard organised and makes sure all our Field Techs have what they need to get the job done. You can think of him as our ‘Mr Efficiency’.

Plant and Machinery

We maintain a full fabrication workshop, fleet of vehicles and all plant and machinery in-house. This allows us to maintain high service and workmanship standards and to deliver on projects as promised.

Our plant and machinery includes everything from a full 150m2 engineering workshop (incorporating portable gas plants, welding machines, and pumps) to excavators, trenchers and trucks – as well as our fleet of service vehicles.

In short, everything we need to get the job done, in full and on time, to the highest possible standards.

Our Discerning Clients

We are delighted to have partnered with some of New Zealand's leading companies, including:

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