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 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 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

Automotive Service advisor

Looking to advance his career, Karl has recently moved from auto electrician to Automotive service advisor. He strives for excellence in his workmanship and communication with customers 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.

Aaron Blundell

Automotive Technician

Aaron is a qualified automotive technician and WOF inspector. Most of his 25 year career has been at various Mitsubishi dealerships in Auckland, some time was spent at a wreckers yard and an independent workshop, recently he has been working on Can Am and Polaris farm vehicles. As such he brings a wealth of knowledge in the Mitsubishi product and is well versed to work on anything that comes through the door.

Brent Percy

Engineer Extraordinaire

Brent is a gifted engineer and can fix almost anything. There is too much to list in his CV to put here, suffice to say he will look after your car or boat at the highest level. He has worked in all the trades but excels in engineering. He has most recently worked at various Hospitals as a high level senior tech specializing in repairing and maintaining complex anesthetic machines.

Ashley Deegan

Automotive Technician

Ash is a qualified automotive tech and WOF inspector. He has recently returned after 4 years away working at anther local independent workshop. He also did his apprenticeship with us over 10 years ago. Away from work, Ash loves fishing and makes his own lures which he targets big Kingies with. If your after a good lure, he's your man.