About Us

Established in 1963, Kawan Motorbodies is celebrating 50 years of offering high quality collision repair and paintwork services to our clients.  More recently we have relocated to new premises in Hastings on Alexander Street, with our new facilities and overall operation led by innovative technology developments focused on offering the highest of industry standards.

Kawan Collision Repair is proud to be a BMW Accredited Repairer.

Working with all insurance companies as a preferred collision repairer for Hawke’s Bay, we now offer one of the largest collision repair services in New Zealand.

We have state of the art technology and our new premises includes purpose-built paint booths to colour vehicles. We also use a computerised colour matching system.  All facilities and equipment at Kawan Collision Repair is regularly maintained and updated to meet manufacturer specifications and ensure the best quality service.

Employing 16 staff across collision repair, paintwork and administration services, we work hard to offer our clients unparalleled service with high quality workmanship ensuring that we meet the exact specifications required.

As a member of the Collision Repair Association (CRA), we pride ourselves on our audited services and workmanship guarantee. We also ensure that all of our technicians and estimators are trained in ICAR, the repair industry’s leading training programme.  Our team is friendly, passionate about what they do and dedicated to high quality finishes.

Meet the Management Team


Peter Maloney

Managing Director

Peter first started with Kawan Motorbodies in 1970, completing his panel apprenticeship before going on to buy the business in 1986.

With a focus on hard work, loyalty and integrity, Peter personally invests in each client’s collision repair experience.


Hayden Maloney

Workshop Manager

Luckily for Peter, his son Hayden grew a love for all things car-related and joined the business over 10 years ago, completing both Mechanical and Panel Beating Apprenticeships before taking on the role of Workshop Manager.

Hayden is interested in continuing to investigate the potential of technology and innovation in the collision repair industry, with a focus on the client experience and stream lining processes.