Originally established in the 70’s as Russell Pool Pumps in Rotorua, the company was one of the original importers of Grundfos Pumps into New Zealand with the first shipment arriving in Rotorua in 1979. With Rotorua still running, the business grew to include a branch in Auckland, which has now grown into a large operation.
In 1996 the business was purchased by Dave Swann & Andy Monroe and the name was changed to Hi Flo Pumps and Irrigation Ltd. In the succeeding years the business has grown through the vision of the two proprietors, and some strategic acquisitions have enhanced the business further.
Auckland Pump Services was acquired to establish our Auckland service operation in the existing Auckland branch. Since 2000 the Auckland service operation has grown from 1 person to a team of 7, with an ever-expanding customer base.
Fern Engineering was a long-established pump business in New Zealand, with a strong reputation for design and fabrication of pumps and pump systems for industrial applications.
This acquisition provided industrial pump system design, fabrication and sales skills to the business to complement the strongest pump service operations in Auckland and Rotorua. We now offer our customers a full capability from system design to installation, system operation and maintenance.
Hugh Gallagher joined the Hi Flo team taking on the role of General Manager, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge, he fit right in having worked closely with the Hi Flo team over the years, as previously being the GM of their biggest supplier, Grundfos Pumps.
Hugh Gallagher takes on the role of Managing Director, as Dave & Andy tackle the next big stage of their life – retirement. You still see them popping into the Auckland & Rotorua branches now and then, they just can’t stay away from work.
We are an affiliated trainer for the New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Systems (Engineering), focusing on the Pumping Systems strand. This is an apprenticeship that focuses on pumping systems, and bridges the gap between Plumbing & Electrical apprenticeships, that don’t offer a core focus on the engineering side involved in pump systems.
The employment pathway for this apprenticeship looks to equip graduates with the skills to be a pumping systems technician, this involves being able to design, install, repair and maintain reticulation systems, water and farm dairy effluent systems, irrigation systems and pumping systems in the agricultural industry.
We also encourage our graduates to further upskill and study to become a registered electrical technician, which allows them to be multi-faceted in their skillset.
This apprenticeship takes 3-4 years and no previous experience or training is required. During the training our apprentices also gain their site safe, confined space entry and forklift license qualifications.
Like all successful companies, people are the key. We are proud of the team we have, their skills, expertise and dedication they bring to work every day. We also ensure they maintain their knowledge by providing ongoing training.
We are currently looking at taking on another apprentice.
We have an opening for a service technician, either plumbing or electrical experience is needed.
If you are interested in starting your career as a Pump Service Technician, please get in touch with us!