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Suzuki Goes Back to Kindy

He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Inc is a registered charity that manages 85 kindergartens with around 700 teachers. When renewing their fleet recently, they chose Suzuki Swift and S-Cross from Mexted Motors in Wellington. We spoke to CFO Brendon Fyfe-Gits about their decision making process: “When I started in 2010 the association already owned some older Swifts,” says Brendon, “13 more were purchased in 2013, another one in 2014, and two more in 2016. So we’ve been with Suzuki and Swift through a couple of model changes”. While the association was happy with their Swifts and the service from Mexted Motors, the decision was made to look across all brands and do a fair comparison. “It was organised by our CEO and deputy CEO and was quite a thorough process” says Brendon. “We wanted to make a robust decision not just driven by price or an individual opinion. We had a range of staff do test-drives with a load of gear… everything down to wheel size was considered. Staying with Suzuki certainly wasn’t a foregone conclusion or a decision that was taken lightly.”

Hot Hatch Pedigree

When it comes to NZ motorsport and the history of the GTi the man to talk to is Grant Aitken. With over thirty years of high performance driving experience Grant has competed at every race circuit in New Zealand as well as Calder, Oran Park, and Bathurst in Australia. He’s rallied in New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Myanmar and Laos. Driving a Suzuki Vitara, Grant placed 1st overall in the Rally of Asia in both 1998 and 1999, and third in 2000 and 2001. He was awarded the Ron Frost Award for services to Motorsport in 2007 for creating and running the Silverstone Race to the Sky for ten years. Most importantly for this article, Grant used to drive a Suzuki GTi competitively – and still has one in his garage.