Patton Engineering

Our Mission

Founded in the early 1950’s by George Patton, the Patton Group of Companies is a long-established structural steel fabricator and mechanical engineering entity based in Whakatu, Hawkes Bay. We provide a comprehensive service that includes mechanical and structural detailing, fabrication, industrial coatings, site erection, mechanical project works, stainless, sheet metal engineering and machining.

Our aim is to achieve total customer satisfaction and compliance under all governing bodies – at a competitive cost. To ensure policies are successfully implemented, our staff are trained to identify customer needs and ensure that the correct procedures are followed to meet those requirements. Under this policy is our commitment to operating Patton Engineering Limited and Hawkes Bay Sandblasting under the disciplines and control of a Quality Assurance System that conforms to the requirements of the Construction Industry Quality Standard. As part of our commitment to our clientele, and our continued improvement, the Patton Group is the only company New Zealand-wide to be accredited not only with AS/NZS 3834 Category 3 but also with ISO 14001 and PCCP (Painting Contractors Certification Programme). All three distinctions are annually reviewed by third party accrediting bodies to maintain our programme of continued improvement and development.

Notwithstanding all our stated goals above, our first and primary objective at all times is in ensuring the Health and Safety of all of our staff, clients, and contractors at all levels and in all aspects of our business – not only within our fabrication and surface treatment facilities but also on site.

Health and Safety remain our number one priority in everything we do.

Mike and Gavin Patton: Managing Directors

Our People

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Mike Patton

Director and Structural Estimator.

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Johno Williams

Managing Director.

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Andrew Burn

Director and Workshop Manager.

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Mark Wharekawa

Engineering Programme Manager.

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Deanna Pender-Meyer

Administration and Accounts Manager.

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Chris Ward

Draftsman Extraordinaire and Design Guru.


Nigel Homburg

Project Engineer and Responsible Welding Co-Ordinator.

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Dave Blakey

Assistant Engineering Programme Manager.

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Shane Adams

Quantity Surveyor.

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Jaco Klopper

Hawke’s Bay Sandblasting Manager.


Chris (Narrow) Thompson

Structural Supervisor.


Reece Miller

Stores Manager.

Reece started with Patton Engineering in January 2001 as a painter and was soon involved in site laboring, progressing to steel erecting and rigging. Reece undertook an apprenticeship with the company as a Heavy Fabricator which he completed in 2008. In ensuing years, Reece undertook training and became our drill line operator – a role he has filled until 2019 at which time he accepted the role as Store Manager.

Reece holds responsibility for all purchasing and receipt of goods through our store, Stock control; Asset management and vehicle maintenance.

In his spare time Reece is actively involved in the busy lives of his two young children and enjoys the outdoors and camping.