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“Best Nissan Technician In Oceania”

9 July 2001

New Zealand Technician “Best Nissan Technician In Oceania”

The results of the Nissan Motor Company Nissan International Service Technical Contest Regional Level competition have confirmed a New Zealand technician as the best Nissan technician in Oceania.

Mr Ken Deihl of Stewart Greer Motors in Napier has won the gold award at the competition conducted on 7 July in Taiwan. He represented New Zealand against other Oceania category countries including Australia. As the winner of this regional level competition, Mr Deihl will travel to Japan in October to represent Oceania in the World Finals.

Every two years Nissan Motor Company Japan hosts a world-wide competition for Nissan technicians identifying the “best of the best” in a variety of categories. These competitions are competed first at the National Level, followed by a Regional Level competition. Selected winners of Regional competitions are then invited to participate in the world finals held in Tokyo Japan. This competition is the Nissan International Service Technical Contest, commonly referred to as NISTEC.

The objective of NISTEC is to stimulate Nissan technicians world-wide to continually develop and expand their personal skills in order to provide the very best in customer service to Nissan customers. As Nissan motor vehicles become ever more complex, the need to develop the required technological skills to properly service and repair these vehicles continues to evolve. NISTEC is also a methodology to enhance and promote the technical service industry as an excellent career path to young, enthusiastic technicians.

Nissan New Zealand’s history in this competition is noteworthy, as during the past 8 years a New Zealand technician has competed in the world finals and placed within the top 3 positions of all Nissan technicians throughout the world during every competition entered. According to John Reynolds, Nissan New Zealand Technical Training and Product Support Manager, this is a true testament to the benefits of the in-house technical training conducted by Nissan New Zealand. This training programme, known as N-STEP or Nissan Service Technician Education Programme, targets all levels of Nissan technicians from relatively inexperienced to highly trained and experienced. With the advances in technology in the modern motor car, it is imperative that technicians are kept up to date on the latest technologies, whether they be in the motor vehicle, or computerised equipment used to diagnose and analyse the vehicles.

Mr Deihl has demonstrated outstanding levels of commitment, dedication and professionalism in winning not only the national level competition and being selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania regional level competition, but also now winning the Oceania competition and gaining an invitation to compete at the World Finals. Mr John Reynolds will accompany Ken to the finals in Tokyo in October. Nissan New Zealand Limited wishes all the very best to Mr Deihl in his efforts at the World Finals.

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