To provide world-class solutions you have to have world-class people leading the charge. Our team is full of industry professionals that have the know-how, can-do, like no other attitude that helps create bespoke solutions for you.
Merv joined Farra straight from school, just over 40 years ago. He completed his Sheetmetal Apprenticeship and worked his way through the workshop to Sheetmetal Foreman, and then Foreman of Fabrication & Sheetmetal when they were combined. Subsequently Farra Lift Components was born and a workshop was set up on Bachop Street, with Merv becoming the Works Manager for this department. As of 2018 with the combining of all of the Farra workshops into One Farra Merv has become a Project Manager for Light Engineering.
Merv enjoys the variety of work that is offered at Farra. He enjoys mentoring staff and watching their development, and the relationships he has grown with customers over the years.
His most memorable job was the refurbishment of Parliament House in Wellington. Farra was tasked with building and installing new lifts and Merv was involved in the whole process, from manufacture through to on site installation. The job coincided with Wellington’s 150th anniversary celebrations so the city was a great place to be at the time. Being able to walk around Parliament House freely was very exciting and Merv particularly enjoyed the opportunity to sit in the speaker’s chair!
Merv's top tip:
Take any opportunity that comes your way, including training, so you can advance yourself at every opportunity.
Outside of work Merv enjoys gardening, photography and finding new coffee shops to try out with his wife Jill.
Nick started with Farra just over eight years ago after nine years at Fisher & Paykel where he did Processing and Programming and helped to move the plant to Mexico and train new staff over there.
Nick jumped at the opportunity when offered a job at Farra Sheetmetal and hasn’t looked back.
Nick enjoys the banter and friendships he has made at Farra. He is always ready to assist customers and particularly enjoys doing the stainless cabinets Sheetmetal complete for Switchbuild and the relationship he has built up with them.
Don’t get complacent in your job, strive to keep your job interesting.
Outside of work Nick loves to mow his lawns on his ride-on mower and take his jet ski for a run.
Adrian joined the Farra family just over 21 years ago after doing a few casual jobs here and there. He started off on the shop floor in the days when Stainless, Sheetmetal and Lifts were one and he remembers guillotining 4.5 tonne of 6mm plate. He did many roles in the Sheetmetal shop over the years such as Bender on the press brake, working the turrets, and had a year on nightshift before being asked to do the Computer Programming for the ever-growing Fisher & Paykel workload. His vast experience in the Sheetmetal shop, knowledge of the machines, and how to program and run them lead to his now position of Project Manager.
Play longer–work Less (if you can).
Adrian would say the most enjoyable part of his job is the Designing aspect. He doesn’t get to do as much as he’d like but when he does he gives it his all. One particular project he has fond memories of was doing a sculptured wall of NZ native flowers for an artist which now graces the front wall of Wanaka Pool.
Outside of work Adrian is an avid Golfer and spends as much time as he can playing golf. Also loves to renovate and he and his wife have the “Travel Bug”.
For the last few years Paul has been working within the Architectural Metalwork space and he is our go-to guy for these types of projects. With 11 years experience in the aerospace sector and 12 years working in the TV industry creating some glamorous achievements for a wide range of TV shows and concerts worldwide, Paul brings wealth of knowledge to the Farra Christchurch team.
His current role as Operations Manager in our Christchurch office provides Paul with a variety of projects which makes no two days the same and what he enjoys most about his job is the outcome of well thought out, well executed project.
Outside of work you will find Paul out on the water, sailing in his boat, and dreaming of a bigger boat.