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Locals looking after locals.

We are an Auto Glass Repair and Replacement company has two branches, one in sunny Nelson  situated conveniently close to the CBD and the other in Westport. We have been based in Nelson (84 Vanguard Street, diagonally opposite the New World Supermarket) since 2007 and prior to that operated as a mobile service from a home based office.

Our Owner /Operator Francis is a “hands-on” manager who is supported by a team of very experienced Auto Glaziers and Administration staff who consider no job too big or too small.

We also have our Westport Branch with Andrew Tait managing. He brings experience with the auto industry and customer service, and enjoys looking after customers in the Buller Region. He is a motorsport enthusiast, previously a Nelsonian but now a West Coaster!

We all enjoy seeing customers leave our workshop upon completion of the job, happy with the customer service and quality workmanship they have received from us.


Meet the team

Francis Lagrutta

Owner Operator

Francis is proud to be born and bred here in sunny Nelson, with Italian parentage. He has been working in Automotive Glass for 21 years. Francis is a creative problem solver who loves helping clients fix their car windows or solve any glass related problem as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Contact Francis on 021 733 440

Toby Bowden


I am a proud born and bred local, with experience in the automotive industry. Having recently moved away from 11 years in sales, I am really excited to be moving towards the ownership of Nelson Auto Glass Specialists.

Whilst working with the existing team here I will be continuing to provide the quality workmanship and friendly, prompt customer service you have always known. I am stoked to have also just recently completed a Diploma in Business Management & Leadership.

On a personal front, I am an avid sports fan with my main three sports being Hockey, Golf & Mountain Biking. This is all made possible with my extremely supportive family; partner Polly and 3 amazing kids.

Contact Toby on 027 733 1230

Victoria Fisher

Office Manager

Victoria has 25 years experience in the automotive glass industry. She has hands on experience with stone chip repair, and keeps the office running smoothly. Victoria is a real people person and enjoys meeting and helping customers. She is involved in local amateur theatre, loves dogs and the beautiful outdoors of the Nelson region.

Trish Jordan

Office Administrator

Trish has been a part of the Nelson Auto Glass team now for 3 years, bringing a wealth of experience in Customer Service Management. She loves working with people and assisting them over the phone or face to face in the reception/office area. Trish is an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to travel, especially in her new caravan!!

Jody Carey

I have 20 years flat glass experience, trained in all aspects of the Glass Industry, taking up the Automotive Trade 8 years ago. I recently joined the Team at Nelson Auto Glass Specialists Ltd as a contractor.
I enjoy a good challenge and a problem to solve. I take pride in my work and enjoy seeing the end result.

Jason Huisman


Our Foreman Jason knows everything there is to know about auto glass repair and replacement. He regularly does jobs on-site such as trucks, and services the Tasman area and Golden Bay. He’s been working in the industry for over 28 years, and is known for caring about the customer’s vehicle as if it was his own.

Contact Jason on 021 733 289

Andrew Tait

Westport Branch Manager

Westport Branch Manager Andrew Tait has been in the Automotive Glass Industry for 3 years now. He brings experience with the auto industry and customer service, and enjoys looking after customers in the Buller Region. He is a motorsport enthusiast, previously a Nelsonian but now a West Coaster!

Contact Andrew on 027 773 3258

Lachlan Thompson-Hood

Lachlan (aka Lockie) has moved back to sunny Nelson a year ago after a 15 year absence. Lockie comes to us with experience in Automotive Glass having worked in the Industry since leaving school, as well as having jobs in other areas. Lockie loves helping people and solving damaged glass issues.

Lachlan is a keen Outdoor Pursuits person who loves Surfing and Scuba Diving. We welcome him to our team and know that he’ll be a great asset.

Maxine Lee

Office Administrator

Maxine has recently returned to us at Nelson Auto Glass Specialists after a 4 year break having previously worked here for 7 years. She is a real people person having been a Flight Attendant in a previous life and loves getting to know our customers and helping with all their auto glass needs both over the phone and in person at reception.

When not at Nelson Auto Glass Specialists, Maxine enjoys getting her red bands on to help her partner Scott on the farm wrangling sheep, deer, hops and a teenage daughter!