Servicing Mangawhai since 2007

Home, Land and Sea

Community First

Jackson Brown is more than a business, it provides us and our employees the opportunity to live and work close to the things we love and cherish, our home, land and sea.

Churning out 9-5 and waiting for Sunday is not for us, we genuinely love what we do. Everyone on the team is committed to providing a top quality service to the community. We call it giving a damn – about what we do, and how we do it.

Our family and friends live nearby, and that’s something we will always respect. Caring for the community is important to us, so we’ve made it our business to sponsor as many groups as possible. We’ve been chipping in to help the fishing club, golf club, primary school, Mangawhai Activity Zone, and several others in between.

Meet the Team

We’re proud of the people that work at Jackson Brown. They don’t just show up, they work damn hard and are experts in their field. We think they deserve their own introduction.

James Brown

Owner/Automotive Service manager

Two of James favourite words at work are ‘quality’ and ‘convenience’. Because that’s exactly what every client deserves. It’s an aquatic playground in Mangawhai so when he’s not at the helm, you’ll find him on the water. James won’t turn down an Export 33 on a hot day, and its surfing before fishing any day!

Matt Jackson

Owner/Marine Service Manager

It’s a simple philosophy that has seen Jackson Brown succeed - Matt calls it, ‘doing the job right’. Right means providing a friendly and interactive experience for clients. The beach, nature and community are Matt’s happy things outside of work, as is a McLeods Ale! Its Holden over Ford for this business partner.

Fiona Hitchcock


Expect a warm welcome and strong communication throughout the job, because Fiona is a star with the details. Feel free to bribe her with chocolate, we do! A local knows that Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) is THE place for the kids, and Fiona hits the park (and local cafes) regularly.

Damon Brown

Marine Service Advisor

Damon reckons it’s a great experience that makes all the difference. He wants customers to leave JB knowing they can trust the job 100% and they’ve dealt with experts. The Mangawhai butchery gets the thumbs up from Damon, as do local fishing spots. Catch of the day is washed down with a cold beer.

Matt Lay

Senior Marine/Outboard Technician

Keeping your boat up to scratch requires quality workmanship - and that’s exactly what Matt promises, along with a broad range of skills. Why sit in traffic to get to work? Matt loves the ease of small town living. He’s also pretty chuffed with the local fishing spots, Export 33 in one hand, rod in the other.

Mak Maddocks

Marine/Outboard Technician

Mak’s work ethic is all about “no hassles”. Keeping it relaxed for customers and guaranteeing a good job. Sounds simple? Well maybe, but it’s Mak’s mission to always keep it that way. He’s a Matakana lad, but that’s just down the road, so we’re okay with that. He can drink his Billy Mav’s down there!

Karl Moore

Auto Electrician

Karl strives for excellence in his workmanship and is a dab hand at the guitar. It’s a diverse role and he enjoys it very much. Karl’s a fan of the quiet life, and he reckons Mangawhai’s coasty vibe and laidback community is just the ticket after a busy week in the workshop.

Cameron Lambert

Automotive Apprentice

Rolling up his sleeves and helping the lads, that’s Cameron’s attitude at JB. The cars don’t wash themselves, and there’s always a job to do and learn on. It’s a busy role with a strong focus on learning. Mangawhai’s community of good-sorts and the ocean waves hold Cameron’s attention when he’s not at work.