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.

Greg Neill

Greg has been involved in the manufacture of precast concrete products for the last 40 years. During that time he has gained a sound knowledge of all aspects of the industry, including water storage and sewage treatment tanks.
Greg also designed the specialised moulding and purpose-built equipment for another Lew Austin company, Quality PreCast Concepts.
He and Lew have a working relationship which goes back over 20 years.

Grant Martin

Production and Operations Manager

Grant has 35 years' experience in engineering and manufacturing with logistics, and is an Engineer by trade (fitter and turner).

Grant looks after the quality assurance, logistics and the production yard, and shows great passion in everything he does. 'Good enough isn't enough' is Grant's mantra for producing our premium product.

Kirk Austin

Sales Manager

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.

Paul Newton

Business Manager

Since moving back to New Zealand ten years ago, Paul has been involved in irrigation and effluent designing. This has included running a business in the dairy industry based in Southland, and working as a Technical Field Representative for PGG Wrightsons before relocating to Christchurch to bring up his young family. Paul enjoys the opportunity to get out and about and use his technical skills and experience to help our suppliers develop their business, and provide a better service for our clients.

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.