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Thatcham seminars a "must" to attend

27 Sep 2007


When it comes to keeping up with changes in the auto repair industry, the New Zealand collision repair industry can learn much from the UK, or to be more precise, from Thatcham.

The UK collision repair market is very serious about safety and looks to Thatcham to provide the detailed knowledge and practical skills required to achieve the high goals that have been set for auto body repairs.

What is Thatcham? It’s The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, generally known as Thatcham after the name of the town in which it is based.

Thatcham is owned jointly by British insurers and is primarily funded by a levy on insurance companies, as well as generating income through selling research, data and training.

To spread the word about what Thatcham can offer the collision repair industry, their Business Development Manager, Mike Paterson is visiting New Zealand to speak to parties with an interest in auto body repair.

As well as meeting with the Transport Minister, MOT officials, Land Transport NZ, I-CAR NZ, MITO, CRA, Customs, Police, Technical Institutes, MTA, and MIA, Mr Paterson will conduct a series of seminars touching on industry issues.

These general seminars will appeal to assessor groups, repair certifiers, panel shops, technicians, trainers and tutors.

The format of the presentations will appeal to a wide audience and will refer to the activities being developed in the UK for a wide range of vehicle models.

Emphasis will be placed on the importance of change in repair techniques and methods to keep up with manufacturers, as well as the importance for training and legislation to keep up to date.

The venues are:

Christchurch – Wednesday October 3rd


Holiday Inn on Avon. 3pm- 5pm.

356 Oxford Terrace.

The Rolleston Room

Afternoon Tea from 2.30pm


Wellington - Thursday October 4th

Wellington Institute of Technology.  2pm – 4pm

61 Buick Street, Petone.

Lecture Theatre T101 – Ground Floor.

Afternoon Tea from 1.30pm


Auckland - Tuesday October 9th

Manukau Institute of Technology.  2pm – 4pm

North Campus – Gate 11 Otara Rd or Gate 14

Alexander Crescent. Otara.

Lecture Theatre NR 106

Afternoon Tea from 1.30pm – Chats Restaurant.


Numbers are limited and Registration will be necessary.
A $50 fee (inc GST) will be charged. This will include afternoon tea.

To Register now go to