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.

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.

Our People

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Johno Williams

Managing Director.

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Andrew Burn

Director and Workshop Manager.

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Mike Patton

Structural Estimator.


Sean Perry

Engineering Manager.

In his leisure, he enjoys a good ‘smoko shout’, multi bay roof lifts, and skipping rocks at the river.

Sean enjoys seeing the pride and quality of work Patton Engineering tradesmen produce from our workshop in the Hawke’s Bay; to clients locally, across the country, and exporting to nations around the world.


Dolorosa De la Rama

Quantity Surveyor.

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Chris Ward

Senior Draughtsman.


Jamie Pakoti

Design Engineer.

Jamie signed up to Patton Engineering in 2015 straight out of high school. With limited structural engineering experience Jamie soon found his niche and was quickly producing fabricated steelwork beyond his experienced years and ahead of his peers. As part of Jamie’s apprenticeship he was exposed to a large variety of projects varying from cool stores, multi-storey buildings, shut-down maintenance repairs, seismic strengthening and mechanical to name but a few.

Jamie completed his National Certificate in Fabrication Steel Construction in 2018 and was honoured runner up in 2019 for the Apprentice of the Year. The aforementioned accolade along with Jamie’s enthusiasm and passion for higher honours saw him move to the design office before his apprenticeship was even completed. Jamie has now moved onto being a Structural Designer using multiple AutoCAD disciplines, GPR Surveying, 3D Pointclouds, all to create highly accurate 3D models and Fabrication drawings for the construction sector. Jamie leads the Company’s interests in 3D scanning, in particular for seismic strengthening, when he’s not at the gym pushing weights he can be seen regularly racing up and down the country in his Audi from Project to Project.


Jaun Le Roux

Senior Draughtsman.

Born and raised in South Africa, Jaun joined Patton Engineering in January 2020 with the heart set goal of making Hawke’s Bay/New Zealand his family’s new home.

Jaun has a Mechanical Draughting Diploma which he completed in 2008 and over 15 years’ design and drafting experience in mechanical/structural engineering.

Jaun is a competent and high performing draughtsman, always open to new ideas and ever advancing his knowledge in Autodesk Advance Steel which is our primary software used for projects in BIM.

His experience and passion for engineering makes Jaun a valued member of the team.

Outside of work, Jaun likes spending quality time with the family and grilling meat on red hot coals.

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David Moore

Health, Safety & Systems Manager.

David’s career has been as varied as it has long, and he believes he can truly state he was educated in the university of life.  His Dad always said, “do it right once; the first time” and that mantra has held him true through the past 33 years in the NZ gambling industry.

His role with Patton’s is a new one, and along with his wife Julie, they are charged with finding and implementing systems that will improve all facets of the business.  His role touches health and safety, human resource, estimating, purchasing, document management, contracts management, customers and sales, QS analysis, inventory, production control, scheduling, time sheeting, invoicing, training, and reporting, all in effort to drive and improve efficiencies, productivity, and visibility across the entire company.

David enjoys most sport (from the couch nowadays), fishing (well, feeding fish!), his kids (most of the time), two grandchildren (the future), sharing food and wine, time with his wife (not working) and waking up every morning with the enthusiasm to face a new day of challenges and the satisfaction of achieving those at the end of that day.


Sarah Murphy

Project Manager.

Sarah studied at Victoria University in Wellington completing a Bachelor of both Building Science and Business Management before heading off overseas for 3 years.

Upon her return to NZ in 2012 she started in the building team at Hastings District Council, then moved to a building inspector position at Napier City Council in 2016.


Chris (Narrow) Thompson

Structural Supervisor.


Paul Ducker

Project Manager.

Paul joined Patton Engineering in late 2021, after returning home to reside permanently in his hometown of Napier, following a lengthy period living and working in Australia.

Paul brings to the table a wealth of construction experience, with an extensive ten year plus history site managing the erection of steel structures all over New Zealand and Australia, in addition to his most recent role as Project Manager for the largest structural steel supplier in North Queensland, located in the tropical and searing heat of Cairns. In this time Paul left his mark on Cairns completing multiple projects successfully, inclusive of the Cairns International Tennis Centre, the high tech and cyclone proof Cairns South Health Facility, and a very large infrastructure development for the Australian Department of Defence, encompassing multiple military structures being constructed in Port Vila Vanuatu, a development responsible for the injection of 55million AUD into the Vanuatuan economy.

Outside of work Paul can often be found in the gym, is a keen mountain biker, and enjoys most exercise related activities, although he admits to view his profile side on currently you probably wouldn’t know it.

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Deanna Pender-Meyer

Administration and Accounts Manager.

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Shane Adams

Quantity Surveyor.


Simon Appleby

Hawke’s Bay Sandblasting Manager.

Simon is a painter by trade and ran a successful painting company on Waiheke Island for over 25 years. The business specialised in high end residential work providing him invaluable experience in business management, project management and hands-on painting.

Simon moved to Hawkes Bay in 2016 with his wife and 2 kids.

In his spare time he enjoy fishing and watching his kids at their sports over the weekend. He was a volunteer fireman for 13 years which he loved and worked his way up to a Senior Fireman.


Kathleen Cook

Administration Assistant.

Kathleen was born & raised up in Highlands of Scotland. She came to NZ for a 6 month OE and met her partner and has now been here ever since. Kathleen started with Patton’s in December 2017 and her role includes reception, answering phones, invoicing, payroll, timesheets and is the smiling face to greet you on arrival at our offices.

She loves to keep fit and play netball in her spare time.

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Joben Chahail

Cadet Project Manager.

Born and raised in the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Joben migrated to NZ from the bustling capital city of Manila in the Philippines with his family in 2015.

Wasting no time upon completion of his schooling, Joben enrolled at the University of Canterbury achieving a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, before returning home from Christchurch to set up permanently in Hawkes Bay.

Having come on board with Patton Engineering in Jan 2023 as a Cadet Project Manager, Joben is quickly learning the ropes with the full support of the team around him and is already demonstrating great potential for continued long-term professional development within the role.

In his spare time, Joben enjoys socialising with friends, puts in the odd hard yard at the gym, and overall is thoroughly enjoying adapting and integrating into the Kiwi way of life.

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Julie Moore

Health, Safety & Systems Assistant.

Julie comes from an administration background which has included roles in a diverse range of companies, from Fuji Xerox in the UK and NZ to Carter Holt Harvey and Antares Restaurant Group.

In 2008 Julie realised a lifetime dream, when at the age of 40 she qualified with honours as a Beauty Therapist.  This qualification gave Julie the opportunity to establish her own beauty business, Jewels of Beauty, which after several years was sold and is still operational today.

Julie’s introduction to Patton Engineering was in a part-time position.  This evolved into covering maternity leave and eventually, Julie progressed into a new role as Health, Safety and Systems Administrator.

Sam Brownlie Site Manager

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Sam’s journey with Pattons began back in January 2004, starting as a fabricator welder in the Stoneycroft yard. Now occupying the role of Site Manager, he oversees each site, allocating labour to them.

While the road with Pattons has seen a few detours—venturing overseas and exploring other engineering avenues across New Zealand—Sam always finds himself drawn back to the Patton family.

Sam hails from a sheep and beef farm in Wairoa, where his love for fishing and occasional hunting took root. Married to Tessa with three kids, he once played rugby but now prefers spectating.

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Mike Zachan


Mike joined Pattons as a Steel Erector in 2015 then transitioned into a development role, spearheading equipment installation and workshop restructuring. His expertise spans detailing, management, planning, installation, and final sign-offs, making him the go-to person for seamless operations. With over 25 years in the structural industry, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Off-duty, he indulges in trout fishing and feeds his adrenaline with the thrill of building and racing Speedway sidecars.