Lew Austin


Having been born into a family with over 100 years of drainage pipe manufacturing under their belts, Lew Austin started working in the industry with his father when he was just six years old. So it’s no surprise his first job after leaving school was working for a hydraulic engineering firm. Here he learnt the fundamentals of water - pumping, irrigation etc – knowledge which would serve him well in his future endeavours. In later years, he installed some of Canterbury’s first large irrigators.

Years later, when Lew moved to a lifestyle block with his young family, he became concerned about the ground water implications from the old-style septic tank and domestic wells on his block. In the spirit of Bert Munro, John Britten and other ‘can-do’ Kiwis, Lew retreated to his garage workshop and tinkered with ideas around improving the performance of the waste water system on his own property.

This eventually lead to the formation of his own wastewater treatment company in 1991. He travelled the world researching the latest technology, and made sure the best of this was included in his products. Lew built this business into a highly successful national company, eventually selling to a major national corporate.

But it’s hard to keep a good man down, and after a few years spent establishing a commercial development in Rolleston, and also starting a concrete precast business, Lew’s thoughts turned to wastewater treatment again.

Travel to the the USA , Europe and Australia revealed that new technology was now available, resulting in a better and more efficient product. These new innovations form the backbone of the Austin Bluewater products, making them the most technologically advanced wastewater treatment systems on the market in New Zealand today.

Joe Drury

General Manager

Joe Drury joined our team in September 2019 as General Manager. He has extensive experience in the civil & commercial construction industries and manufacturing business management.
As Austin Bluewater continues to grow and gain market share, Joe is working on refining processes, improving product quality & services and extending the range of manufactured products.
Joe is enjoying managing a dynamic and progressive organisation. He believes it is a privilege to be a key part in Lew Austin’s vision to be a market leader in the Wastewater Industry.

Kirk Austin

Sales & Production

Kirk is a qualified mechanic and worked in the automotive Industry for 17 years - including McLenaghan’s contracting; where he gained vast knowledge of operating machinery, excavation and heavy trucks for a wide variety of jobs. Working in the sales department, Kirk enjoys dealing with the end user as well as looking after the Drainlayers. He has a wide range of knowledge in the technical side of the business.

Melissa McDonald

Service Manager

Melissa worked in the legal Industry for 13 years, then needed a new challenge so she joined the family "wastewater" business having now been involved for 9 years.
Melissa runs the Service Department here at the family owned company and enjoys taking care and looking after her customers' ongoing wastewater needs.

Julie Robinson

Office Manager

Julie has worked in the finance/accounting industry for over 30 years. Originally from the UK, she moved to New Zealand in 2002.
Julie ensures the smooth running of our everyday office and accounting needs.

Mike Boswell (Boz)

Sales & Design

Mike is no stranger to wastewater. His first introduction to working in the industry was servicing treatment plants but his attention to detail soon meant that he was shoulder-tapped to work with the consents team at Oasis (under the ownership of Lew Austin). Mike’s three solid years of working on consents and wastewater design has given him a great foundation in the wastewater industry. After a few years' break, Mike achieved a degree in education and worked as a teacher, however his passion for the wastewater industry was never lost. When an opportunity was advertised to join the Austin team, Mike was keen. Mike offers sound advice and a structured approach to wastewater design and is a key asset to the team.

Graeme Langley

Sales & Service

Graeme has a lifetime of industry experience. He has worked in wastewater manufacturing, wastewater servicing, drain laying, wastewater management and has been instrumental in establishing the Austin brand in New Zealand. It would be difficult to find someone with a comparable level of experience and industry knowledge. This knowledge makes Graeme the ‘go-to person’ for our trade customers and homeowners who are looking to develop their rural properties.