Murray has had 18 years’ experience in the waste industry. Formally an Operations Manager overseeing the Hamilton City and Waikato District Council kerbside contracts. This was followed by 6 years setting up his own waste company in Te Awamutu, that won the prestigious ‘Waipa Supreme Business Award’ in 2008. Murray was also a Finalist for the ‘Waikato Business Leader of the Year’ in 2009. This successful business was sold in 2012.
Following a brief stint owning a hardware business at Tairua, Murray returned to the industry as Area Manager in Taranaki for one of NZ‘s largest waste companies. His role in Taranaki included overseeing the start-up of the new three council kerbside contracts, including 13 Refuse Transfer Stations, commissioning a new recycling recovery centre as well as growing the branch’s Commercial interests. “Taranaki was a great time for me” say’s Murray. “I worked with some great people at all three councils. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with the waste collection from offshore oil operations. That really made you think outside the square, providing an efficient collection service to an oil rig 40 miles offshore in a range of extreme weather conditions.”
Murray was attracted back to the Coromandel area to become the local Area Manager for a waste company based in Thames, a position he held for 16 months. “Unfortunately that role didn’t work out for me, but I loved the area so much I wanted to stay. Starting Coastal Bins allows me to continue in the industry I enjoy as well as reside in the best place this great country has to offer”.
Murray and his school teacher wife Kirsty live on a lifestyle block at Turua. Both are keen fisher people, when not tending to their Hereford cattle and developing their block. Murray and Kirsty have six children and eight grandchildren. Murray was born and bred in Te Awamutu, he started his working career in the NZ Army and is a qualified diesel mechanic.
Murray is an active committee member of the Tairua / Pauanui sports fishing club
Murray’s business philosophy is simple…
“While price should be competitive, it is service that counts.”