Handing over the reins at Capital Tractors

Capital Tractors & Machinery at Barkes Corner in Pyes Pa, Tauranga, has gained a stunning reputation under the ownership of David Mackereth and Kay Craig.

But after 21 years’ ownership they are handing over the reins to Reg and Michelle Hedges, who are taking over the well-known and well-regarded business.


Reg and Michelle Hedges (left) are the new owners of Capital Tractors taking over from David Mackereth and Kay Craig.

David and Kay have enjoyed being a multi-franchise dealership of new and used tractors and a huge range of machinery and mowers to the Bay of Plenty area.

Starting his tractor career as an apprentice mechanic with Gatmans Tractors in Siverdale in 1963, David worked for some 30 years mainly as a field service mechanic progressing to manager before purchasing Capital Tractors with Kay in 1993.

Now David and Kay have decided it’s time to retire and leave the business in the safe hands of new owners Reg and Michelle.

Reg and Michelle say it will “be business as usual” – with David and Kay handing over a great operation with such good bones – and all existing friendly and highly-skilled staff staying on-board.

“We intend to continue in the same wonderful vein that the business has been run on previously.”

Reg and Michelle Hedges say customer service is their key focus for Capital Tractors – and they’re really looking forward to getting to know all of the dairy farmers, orchardists, horticulturalists, lifestyle block owners.

“We believe customer service is paramount and needs to be done with integrity – and maintaining Capital Tractors’ great reputation is everything to us,” say Reg and Michelle.

The couple, who have two daughters and extended family in Tauranga, come from owning a PlaceMakers Joint Venture in Morrinsville and have also been sharemilkers on dairy farms in the Waikato and have previously owned lifestyle blocks.

“We’re excited to have purchased such a well-known, robust, iconic business,” says Reg, who is a hunting and fishing man, and is looking forward to pursuing these interests in the Bay.

“We’ve started a new Facebook page, so feel free to have a look at what we are up to!”


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